Guardiola, Dias and Foden win Premier League awards
Guardiola, Dias and Foden win Premier League awards

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side scoop hat-trick of Premier League awards


Manchester City have secured a hat-trick of Premier League awards for 2020-21 with Ruben Dias, Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola voted the player, young player and manager of the season respectively.

Defender Dias and midfielder Foden played crucial roles in City’s title-winning campaign, as well as helping Guardiola’s men claim the Carabao Cup and reach the Champions League final.

After joining from Benfica in September, Dias’ 32 league appearances saw him contribute to 15 clean sheets and make 35 interceptions, 24 tackles, 23 blocks and 135 recoveries.

Ruben Dias' Premier League statistics
Ruben Dias' Premier League statistics

The 24-year-old Portugal international was last month named the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year, and he is on the shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year.

The nominees Dias beat to take the Premier League award were his City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, who won it last year, Bruno Fernandes, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Mason Mount, Mohamed Salah and Tomas Soucek.

Foden, 21, pipped Dias, Mount, Marcus Rashford, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Illan Meslier and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the young player award.

The City academy product, currently with England ahead of the Euros, scored nine goals and produced five assists in 28 league appearances across 2020-21. He is also a PFA player of the year nominee.

Guardiola, whose side finished 12 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, wins the managerial award for a third time, having also done so on the other two occasions he guided City to the Premier League title, in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The other nominees were United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, West Ham’s David Moyes and Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa.


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