LONDON - Despite relinquishing the title to Manchester City, the Premier League has provided a timely reminder to Manchester United about its recent dominance in English football.
Midfielder Ryan Giggs received the award for the top player in the Premier League's history, and manager Alex Ferguson was announced as the top manager in the past 20 years.
Ferguson sidestepped the London ceremony two days after coming within touching distance of producing United's 13th league title in 20 years.
But Giggs was forced to receive his award next to the Premier League trophy, which was adorned in the blue and white ribbons of fierce foe City.
United was minutes away from defending its title on Sunday, but City scored two stoppage-time goals to overcome Queens Park Rangers 3-2 and end a 44-year league drought.
"I think you have seen over the last couple of seasons that City have got stronger and stronger," Giggs said at the Premier League ceremony in London on Tuesday. "And it is up to us really to try and win the title back next year."
The 38-year-old Giggs has been part of all of United's Premier League title-winning sides, making 909 appearances for the club to become the most decorated player in British football history.