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Awards double for United

Ferguson and Vidic named top manager and player

Ferguson and Vidic: Honoured

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic have been named Barclays Premier League Manager and Player of the Season.

The Manchester United pair have been recognised after helping the club claim a third successive league title.

The Red Devils made a slow start to their campaign with just one win in their opening four games before surging to the summit of the table in January.

They embarked on an unbeaten run of 16 games following a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal and set a new record of consecutive clean sheets.

Liverpool and Chelsea continued to challenge for top spot but United could not be dislodged and they clinched an 11th title under Ferguson with a goalless draw against the Gunners on the penultimate weekend of the season.

It is the ninth time Ferguson has received the honour while Vidic collects his for the first time in his career.

The Serbian was consistently impressive at the heart of a United defence that conceded just 24 goals in 38 games.

An awards panel including representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans made the decision to honour Ferguson and Vidic.