It was inevitable. The PFA Team of the Year was announced and, despite being an excellent side, that most would happily back to represent the finest Premier League stars of the season, there was still some harrumphing and snorts of derision.

But the partisan nature of football is why we love the game and many will still be seething that their team’s star(s) were omitted for days to come.

So let’s get to the team and the main contentious omissions. First, the XI:

David De Gea (Man Utd), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), David Luiz (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham).

Now for those that perhaps might be slightly irked to be left out. First up, a certain Mr Ibrahimovich of Manchester United fame…

 

 

Then there was some annoyance that Sadio Mane, despite not being on the Player of the Year shortlist, managed to sneak in ahead of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who is up for the individual award…

But with players only getting to vote for the Player of the Year and the best XI, of course there will be some big names that miss out.

Finally, there were some other outstanding players missing, perhaps for more prosaic reasons…