(CNN) -- Veteran Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been named as the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year -- the first time he has won the award in his glittering career.
Giggs has picked up the PFA Player of the Year award for the first time in his glittering career.
The 35-year-old had picked up the young player's award twice earlier in his career -- but has now been handed the top accolade by his fellow-professionals following his exemplary season, which looks likely to end with his 11th Premier League title.
"It's right up there, with personal accolades it's the best to have as it's voted by your fellow players," Giggs said after collecting his honor. "I've been fortunate to win a lot of trophies, I won the young player award twice, but this is the big one."
Giggs has only started 12 league games this season but has been a regular in the squad for all competitions, with the award acknowledging the respect he has from opponents.
"It's been an exciting season," he added. "I think it is going to go right to the wire, there's big game after big game now. That is what you want and need at a club like Manchester United."
Giggs paid tribute to his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, and also suggested he may play on beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.
"The manager has been massive in my career from when I first met him when I was 13," Giggs continued. "That's over 20 years and he knows me better than anyone. Our relationship has been brilliant and just gets better.
"I've been so fortunate to have such a great career in so many great teams, it's not even worth thinking about what it would have been like without the manager."
Aston Villa's England winger Ashley Young picked up the Young Player of the Year award and believes it is a sign of the progress his club have made this season. "It's a massive achievement for the club and my team-mates around me," Young said.
The PFA divisional team of the year has six United players and also includes Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who was in goalscoring form when the votes were cast but has not found the net since February.
PFA Team of the Year:
Van der Sar (Man United)
Vidic (Man United)
Ferdinand (Man United)
Evra (Man United)
Young (Aston Villa)
Giggs (Man United)
Ronaldo (Man United)