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"I think Vida will be in the running for Player of the Year. He's probably been our most consistent player along with Ryan and Edwin. The attackers normally get the accolades and adulation so it would be nice to see a defender win."

- Nemanja Vidic
25/03/2009 09:00, Report by Gemma Thompson

Rio backs defensive partner

Rio Ferdinand says it would make a refreshing change to see a fellow defender pick up the PFA Player of the Year award and he feels team-mate Nemanja Vidic is a strong contender for the accolade.

Only three defenders – John Terry (2004/05), Paul McGrath (1992/93) and Gary Pallister (1991/92) – have picked up the award, which is currently in the possession of Cristiano Ronaldo, in the last 20 years.

Vidic has been one of United's most consistent performers this season and has also chipped in with seven goals.

Ferdinand reckons his defensive partner would be fully deserving of the prize, as would team-mates Edwin van der Sar and Ryan Giggs.

"I think Vida will be in the running for Player of the Year. He's probably been our most consistent player along with Ryan and Edwin," Rio told ManUtd.com.

"Those three are probably our stand-out players of the season in terms of consistency.

"The attackers normally get the accolades and the adulation so it would be nice to see a defender win it.

"JT [John Terry] won it a few years ago, but over the years not many centre halves have won it. So it would be good to have a defender win."

Rio was talking to ManUtd.com, BBC Radio, PA.

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