London, Apr 26 : England's ace striker Wayne Rooney has been voted player of the year by his peers in the Professional Footballers' Association.
Rooney, who has scored 34 goals this season, beat off competition from Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Manchester City forward Carlos Tévez.
"It's a great feeling to win because it''s voted for by the players. It's a great honour and I'm really proud," Rooney, 24, said.
Aston Villa's James Milner won the young player of the year award.
Rooney has improved his game tremendously at Old Trafford this season after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
The 24 year-old was anxious to pay credit to Ferguson's role in his development and backed the Scot to continue in charge at Old Trafford for many seasons to come, The Telegraph reports.
"Sir Alex has really brought me on as a player since I joined United. His hunger passes through to the players. It's great to see that he's pushing 70 and hasn't changed a bit. I'm sure he'll be here for a long time yet," he said. (ANI)