And this year is no different.
These two wonderful sides have defined the domestic season following a titanic title tussle that looks destined to be decided on the final afternoon of a thrilling campaign.
All but one come from either City or the Reds, but the lone exception is not someone who deserves to be selected.
Few people divide opinion like Paul Pogba, who cost £90m and has won the World Cup with France.
But this will be the only accolade he collects this season, which is a damning reflection of the fact him and his Manchester United side have endured another under-performing campaign in English football.
Pogba hasn’t even been the best player at Old Trafford, let alone one of the best in the entire league.
The midfielder is consistently inconsistent, too selfish for a United side built on the foundations of a team ethic and only performs to his peak when he has world class help around him.
“Christian Eriksen deserves to be selected ahead of him. So too does Son Heung-min”
Christian Eriksen deserves to be selected ahead of him. So too does Son Heung-min.
But despite being third in the table without signing a single new player in the last two transfer windows and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, Tottenham have no representation in the ‘Team of the Year’.
Nor do Chelsea, which means no place for Eden Hazard, despite the Belgian producing regular brilliance to almost carry the Blues through the season single handed.
Hazard is the only nominee not to make the team – and if he isn’t good enough to get in then all we can do is shake our heads in disbelief.
Year after year some great talents miss out, but this time round it is inconceivable to think both Eriksen and Hazard don’t make the final cut.
But then again, this used to happen to Sergio Aguero on a regular basis, despite him being the most consistent forward in the Premier League for the last seven seasons.
The PFA ‘Team of the Year’ was voted for by members of the Professional Footballers’ Association – but some of them must have been watching different games to me.
At least Aguero has managed to retain his place – and sometimes it would be refreshing to see the odd player from a lesser club make the XI.
Just because these players are not competing for all the big trophies doesn’t make their respective contributions less vital.
City have six of the 11 players – goalkeeper Ederson, centre-half Aymeric Laporte, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho and forwards Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
The remaining four places are filled by Liverpool players – full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent-Alexander Arnold, central defender Virgil van Dijk and forward Sadio Mane.
But there is no room for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah or Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who have both scored 19 league goals this season.