Premier League 20 Seasons: Eric Cantona dominates shortlist

Paolo di Canio scores against Wimbledon

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has been nominated in five of the 11 categories for the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards, which mark two decades since the league's launch.

He is a contender for the best player, best goal, most memorable quote, best celebration and best striker prizes.

Alan Shearer has four nominations, while Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry have three each.

Winners will be decided either by a panel of experts or by public vote.

Steve Bruce, who captained Manchester United to the title in the first season of the competition in 1992-93, said: "All players would have loved to have played in the Premier League from the year dot.

"For me, it was just the last three or four years [of my career], but unquestionably the Premier League has been fantastic over the years."

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who won the title three times with the club, added: "I love the passion around the game, I love the atmosphere in the stadiums, and I like the players playing without so much pressure, players trying to express themselves and playing with freedom."

Best Premier League celebrations

The public will decide the best goal, match, save and celebrations. Panel votes will judge the best team, players, quote, season and manager.

Fact-based awards are given to the players with the most appearances, goals and clean sheets respectively.

The shortlists were drawn up following votes from national newspapers.

The winners of the player and manager awards will be announced on 15 May.

Fans can submit selections in the public vote categories by visiting premierleague.com until Monday 30 April.

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