Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed that Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne would have been voted for PFA Player of the Year instead of Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool winger Salah has beaten the Belgian midfielder on the award earlier this month following a sparkling season in which he scored 31 times and provided 9 assists in 33 league games.
De Bruyne, who had previously been the favourite to the award, has managed to score 8 goals and provided 15 assists in 34 Premier League appearances.
But former Red Devils captain Neville confirmed that he would have voted the Belgium international midfielder ahead of Egyptian hero.
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“If I was still a voting member I would have personally given the PFA Player of Year to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. That’s not because I believe it has to go to the league winners or that Mo Salah doesn’t deserve it,” Neville told Sky Sports News.
“Salah has impressed more people in the game, that’s a matter of fact. In a democracy, the players who have played against him have voted for him. I can’t disagree with giving it to Salah, who has achieved above and beyond what we expected from him this season.”
“However, I would have edged to De Bruyne because his performances have been like artwork and, in terms of his assists and controlling football matches, he has just been magical to watch. We heap praise on certain players and I have not got one negative word to say about him.”
“The work he does off the ball is unbelievable, although I certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed playing against Salah.”
2018 PFA #PlayerofTheYear, Egyptian footballer #MohamedSalah has been offered a plot of in #Makkah by the deputy mayor of Makkah after he won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2017-18. Just 25 years old, the 25-year-old #LiverpoolFC forward made history by becoming the first #Egyptian Player of the Year in England after he beat #KevindeBruyne, #HarryKane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote by fellow players. Now this is big!
Former Chelsea star Salah has only joined Liverpool last summer from Italian side AS Roma and has now helped the Reds to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-final.