Sportsmail's reporters dish out their end of season Premier League awards


A gripping Premier League season reached a crescendo with the title, a Champions League place and relegation all decided on the final day.

Manchester City and Liverpool were finally split, Tottenham pipped rivals Arsenal to the Champions League, and Leeds escaped relegation at the expense of Burnley.

After an enthralling season, Sportsmail’s reporters have run the rule over the highs and the lows, picking some of their best – and worst – performers.

Fernandinho lifts the Premier League trophy after Manchester City pipped rivals Liverpool

Fernandinho lifts the Premier League trophy after Manchester City pipped rivals Liverpool 


Player of the Year: Mohamed Salah. I voted for him and he is the best player in the Premier League. But if I could submit an alternative, it would be Declan Rice. His growth as a player this season has been phenomenal. He’s improved in every area. I have to confess I was a Rice sceptic a few years ago. His feet were too slow, his gait too ungainly to win me over. But he’s so good in every area now you barely notice his weaknesses.

Manager of the Year: Thomas Frank. Of course you could and probably should go Jurgen Klopp. And after Pep Guardiola won his third title in four years, how can you ignore him? But two days before that exhilarating season opener against Arsenal, Frank eyeballed me and two colleagues and asked how many of us had Brentford down as our relegation predictions. Sheepishly, I had to confess I had. I’ve rarely been so pleased to be proved wrong. What Matthew Bentham, Phil Giles and Frank are doing at Brentford is extraordinary

Most Impressive: Apart from Coleen Rooney? Then I’d like to nominate husband Wayne. Although not Premier League related, to keep that Derby team playing and semi competitive when everything was against them demonstrated his unacknowledged depths. In fact, The Championship is full of heroics. Steve Cooper at Nottingham Forest, Carlos Corberan at Huddersfield and Nathan Jones at Luton have all been hugely impressive

Most Disappointing: Is it Manchester United? Is it Everton? Feels bad to rain on last week’s parade, but marginally I would go for Everton, only because you always suspected United might be bad. Not this bad, but I never thought they would build on last season and expected them to go backwards. Everton just seem to do the wrong thing at every turn. Would it be wise to appoint Rafa Benitez? No. Let’s do it. Is it now sensible to sack him now? No. Done. Should we appoint a relative novice for a relegation fight? No. So let’s go for it! 

In the end, they’ll claim they were vindicated and it feels like an achievement just to survive. But somehow I feel this isn’t the end of the pain for Evertonians. Great fans, terrible owner.

Despite Everton's epic celebrations on staying up, it has still been a disappointing season

Despite Everton’s epic celebrations on staying up, it has still been a disappointing season

Young Player of the Year: Phil Foden. We’ve become so accustomed to his brilliance we sometimes think it’s normal. It isn’t

Favourite moment: QPR’s 90th minute winner at Bristol City. Forgive the personal indulgence, but after a season without fans the appreciation of delirious communal moments like this was sharper and more intense than ever. How we had missed those moments. How we now cherish them.

Team of the Season (XI): Alisson; Walker, Romero, Van Dijk, Robertson; De Bruyne, Thiago, Rice; Salah, Kane, Son

What to watch out for this summer: Manchester United to foul up the transfer window. Again.

Attacker Phil Foden has enjoyed another magnificent season for Manchester City

Attacker Phil Foden has enjoyed another magnificent season for Manchester City


Player of the YearKevin De Bruyne. What an incredible football player. Goals, assists and work rate – the perfect combination. Mo Salah has been outstanding – and special mention to Declan Rice. But De Bruyne – wow.

Manager of the Year: Jurgen Klopp. There can be no other option. What an unbelievable season his team have had. And he is the embodiment of all that is good about this utterly brilliant Liverpool team.

Most Impressive: Luis Diaz. He has only been in England for five months but what a player he is. The Colombian’s arrival in January was half-viewed as a nod to the future. But Diaz is very much Liverpool’s present.

Most Disappointing: Manchester United. The only positive to come out of their season is that surely it can’t get any worse than this. Woeful in every aspect. Erik ten Hag has some job ahead of him if he’s to revive this team.

City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the stand-out players across the season

City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the stand-out players across the season

Young Player of the Year: Marc Guehi. Crystal Palace have unearthed a gem in the central defender. Plays and talks like a 30-year-old; it’s incredible to think he’s only 21. Has forced his way into he senior England squad – and he’ll stay there.

Favourite moment: Mark Noble’s London Stadium farewell. Not a dry eye in the house.

Team of the Season (XI): Ederson; Alexander-Arnold, Rudiger, Van Dijk, Cancelo; Rice, Thiago; Salah, De Bruyne, Son; Mane.

What to watch out for this summer: Expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future to become a prevalent transfer saga in the coming weeks. On the peripheries at Liverpool, there’ll be a host of Premier League clubs trying to take him.


Player of the Year: Mo Salah. Hard to look past Liverpool’s Egyptian forward. Mo Salah finished the season with the joint-most goals and most assists, two trophies and potentially another to come. Even if the other one doesn’t follow he has been this season’s standout individual.

Manager of the Year: Patrick Vieira. After their previous failed attempt to evolve Crystal Palace under Frank de Boer all eyes were on Patrick Vieira and how he would handle the task. He has passed the test with flying colours – kept Palace up comfortably, led them to an FA Cup semi-final, significantly improved the style of football and some young exciting players and laid the foundations for a future that looks very bright. Deservedly nominated for manager of the year award.

Most Impressive: Christian Eriksen. It is actually beyond impressive and more of a miracle to think back to what happened to him during the Euros last summer when he collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch and then see that he has been able to get back to playing top level football so quickly. 

The genuine well-wishing and support from across the world has provided an extra feel-good factor to the story of his recovery. To top it off, he has had such a significant impact on Brentford, helping steady and steer Thomas Frank’s side to a comfortable survival having joined at a point in the season when they were wobbling.

Mohamed Salah shared the Golden Boot with Son Heung-min after netting 23 top-flight goals

Mohamed Salah shared the Golden Boot with Son Heung-min after netting 23 top-flight goals

Most Disappointing: Manchester United. Having finished second last year and then added Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo a title challenge was expected. Instead, they have produced one of the club’s worst ever seasons. Their campaign has been embarrassing, exposing the failings and issues in nearly every area of the club. Good luck Erik Ten Hag next season.

Young Player of the Year: Conor Gallagher. This award should go to a breakthrough name and this has been the season that has put Gallagher on the map. He was at West Brom last season and has had loan spells in the EFL but this is the campaign where Gallagher has shown everyone just how good he is. The midfielder, a bit of a throwback in the sense that he can do a bit of everything rather than be pigeon-holed as a defensive or attacking one, has been a real breath of fresh air this season. 

He has been one of Palace’s best players, broken into the England team and performed in a manner that suggests he could play for Chelsea next season.

Favourite moment: Real Madrid 2-3 Chelsea. What a game, what an occasion. One that will stick in the memory for a long time. Might be forgotten that they won on the night because they ultimately went out, but Chelsea’s performance in the second leg was incredible in the circumstances, trailing as they were from the first leg and having to turn things around in the Bernabeu. Then to witness Madrid, who had been awful for most of the night, somehow and from nowhere produce enough of a comeback to go through was incredible. In Madrid they speak about ‘the magic of the Bernabeu’ and to be there and witness it first hand was a privilege.

Team of the Season (XI) – Alisson; James, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Cancelo; Rice, Gallagher; Bowen, Kane, Son; Salah.

What to watch out for this summer: The transfer market. Manchester City have kicked things off by signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, an arrival that is only likely to take them further clear of the chasing pack. Now we await the response from the rest – Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and others.

For Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United, it has been a deeply disappointing season

For Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United, it has been a deeply disappointing season


Player of the Year: Assuming Liverpool complete a Treble by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final (neither is guaranteed), Mo Salah gets my vote ahead of Kevin De Bruyne. 

The Egyptian’s record of 31 goals and 16 assists in all competitions this season takes some beating, and there is still one huge game to go. Salah is a wonderful player in a truly exceptional Liverpool team.

Manager of the Year: It’s very hard to look beyond Jurgen Klopp. Pep Guardiola deserves huge credit for holding off Liverpool to secure back-to-back titles, so too Antonio Conte for delivering a top-four finish at Tottenham. David Moyes, Graham Potter, Thomas Frank and Eddie Howe should all get a pat on the back. But for Klopp to challenge on four fronts for so long, playing the kind of football Liverpool do, he has to be the outstanding choice.

Most Impressive: It would be easy to say Liverpool for many of the reasons above, but I’m going for Christian Eriksen. Thankfully we don’t need to dwell on the harrowing events in Copenhagen almost a year ago, but his story is a truly remarkable one. Eriksen didn’t just survive, he is thriving back in the Premier League: a walking miracle. It’s been a joy to see.

Most Disappointing: Manchester United. Where do we start? Has a season that promised so much ever collapsed quite so badly? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Watford, Brighton, Liverpool, City, Harry Maguire, Ted Lasso, Aeroflot. Say no more.

Pep Guardiola has led Manchester City to consecutive Premier League titles

Pep Guardiola has led Manchester City to consecutive Premier League titles

Young Player of the Year: Conor Gallagher has been outstanding for Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea in what is only his second season in the Premier League, and was fully deserving of a senior debut for England in November. Anthony Gordon, of Everton, and Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga are among the other standout performers.

Favourite moment: Andriy Yarmolenko’s tearful goal celebration after the Ukraine international scored for West Ham against Aston Villa in March shortly after Russia’s invasion of his homeland. The reaction to Yarmolenko, Manchester City’s Olseksandr Zinchenko and Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko has been a reminder that football can be a real force for good.

Team of the Season (XI): Alisson; Cancelo, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Cucurella; Bernardo, Thiago, De Bruyne, Luis Diaz; Mane, Salah.

What to watch out for this summer: Erik ten Hag’s rebuild at Manchester United. The Dutchman has his work cut out to turn things around, and he can’t be expected to do it overnight. But United can’t afford to get it wrong again.


Player of the Year: Mo Salah. I’ve said it all through the season and there is no reason to change my mind. When he was at his very peak, he was the most in-form player in the world. Shouldn’t be underestimated how much a toll the African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifier defeats took out of him.

Manager of the Year: Jurgen Klopp. I suspect people will roll their eyes when they see this answer but, in all seriousness, he has fashioned one of Liverpool’s greatest ever teams and masterminded a campaign in which they have played every single game possible. They have won two trophies and might not be finished yet.

Most Impressive: The show of defiance that Everton supporters put on before their game against Chelsea. Genuinely, the emotion, noise and colour around Goodison Park that afternoon would not have been surpassed had a trophy been on the line.

Everton have had a difficult season but their fans have been key in their battle against the drop

Everton have had a difficult season but their fans have been key in their battle against the drop

Most Disappointing: Everton again. A squad that has had such money spent on it should never have been in a position where relegation was being discussed, let alone ever being threatened. If they see this job through, this campaign must never, ever happen again. Take note Farhad Moshiri.

Young Player of the Year: If there is an answer to this other than Phil Foden, I don’t know what I have been watching over the last 12 months. He is absolutely magnificent, his determination and relentless desire to keep going stamps him out as something out of the ordinary. He’s only 21 and has won more trophies than some clubs in their history.

Favourite moment: Walking around Norwich city centre last August, on the opening day, and seeing fans congregating together and the ‘house full’ signs up. As a profession, football writers were privileged to be able to attend live matches in the height of the pandemic but, really, it was covering a different sport.

Team of the Season: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, De Bruyne, Salah, Mane, Son 

What to watch out for this summer: The changes Steven Gerrard will implement at Aston Villa. He’s had six months to work things out, form opinions on players and see what needs to be changed. He will really start to put his stamp on things when the final ball has been kicked.


Player of the year: Kevin De Bruyne. The best player from the winners of the Premier League. Without the Belgian in their side, Manchester City really are not the same. Just look at their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool.

De Bruyne’s form in the second half of the season edges him ahead of Mo Salah, whose own high standards have dipped.

Manager of the year: Jurgen Klopp. To have Liverpool in contention for a historic Quadruple going into the final throes of the season says it all. Despite the disappointing defence of their Premier League title last term, Klopp held his nerve and made just one summer signing, trusting the return of his injured players, before also recruiting the brilliant Luis Diaz in January.

What has followed is probably even beyond Klopp’s wildest dreams and he has managed the whole thing masterfully, none more so than in the last few weeks when he has had to rotate his team.

Most impressive: Luis Diaz. The Colombian has to go down as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever January signings. He has had a stunning impact at Anfield, revitalising Liverpool midway through the season and giving them the impetus to keep up their bid for four trophies. Diaz’s initial fee of £37million already looks a bargain.

Liverpool's Luis Diaz could go down as the Premier League's greatest January signing

Liverpool’s Luis Diaz could go down as the Premier League’s greatest January signing 

Most disappointing: Jack Grealish. There were high hopes for Grealish after his £100m move from Aston Villa to Manchester City. If he could perform like that for a side like Villa, just how good could he become under Pep Guardiola’s guidance? But Grealish has been a peripheral figure, scoring just three league goals. He does not look a £100m man and his England stock has fallen rather than risen.

Young player of the year: Declan Rice. The heartbeat of a West Ham side who have punched above their weight again this year. After impressing for England last summer, the 23-year-old has taken his game to another level this season. An honourable mention must also go to Leeds forward Joe Gelhardt. He only turned 20 this month but has been involved in some big moments for the relegation-threatened club, including his incredible assist against Brighton recently.

Favourite moment: Mo Salah’s stunning solo strike against Manchester City in October was one of the goals of the season in one of the games of the season. It set the tone for an almighty tussle between the top two.

Declan Rice has been a stand-out performer in an impressive season for West Ham

Declan Rice has been a stand-out performer in an impressive season for West Ham

Team of the season: (4-3-3): Allison; Alexander-Arnold; Van Dijk, Rudiger, Robertson; De Bruyne, Fabinho, Silva; Salah, Mane, Son.

What to watch out for this summer: It is going to be fascinating to see how Newcastle United go about their transfer business with their new-found wealth. They made some smart signings in January, which helped manager Eddie Howe steer the Magpies well clear of relegation. 

Newcastle could be challenging for Europe next year if they strengthen in the right areas.


Player of the YearFor both his goal-scoring and creativity, I have to go with Mohamed Salah. There have been accusations his form has taken a dip recently, but he’s still managed three assists and three goals in his last six games. Few players are as entertaining to watch.

Manager of the Year: It would be easy to go for Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp but the job Thomas Frank has done at Brentford this season has been nothing short of incredible. The Bees came up through the play-offs but have been by far the best promoted team. Frank’s side have played entertaining football and have taken points from Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. Not bad for a bus stop in Hounslow.

Most ImpressiveJarrod Bowen. Few would have predicted Bowen to be a contender for player of the year at the start of the season. With 10 goals and 12 assists, the winger is West Ham’s leading scorer and creator. Bowen’s importance to the Hammers was highlighted when they were beaten by Sevilla and Tottenham while he was sidelined through injury. Only Alexander-Arnold and Salah have more assists. A maiden England call-up is surely around the corner?

Most Disappointing: Chelsea beat Manchester United to the loan signing of Saul Niguez on deadline day last summer, but you’d be forgiven if you had forgotten the Spaniard was still there. The midfielder has hardly had a sniff at Stamford Bridge with just four starts in the Premier League. A player they probably didn’t need and are unlikely to sign permanently.

Young Player of the Year: After a stellar season at Swansea, Marc Guehi sealed a permanent move from Chelsea to Crystal Palace and hasn’t looked back. In his first full Premier League campaign, the centre-back has looked confident and assured and helped Palace keep 11 clean sheets. Patrick Vieira has handed him the captain’s armband on six occasions and in March he received his first England call-up.

The entire world of football was united in joy with Christian Eriksen making his return this year

The entire world of football was united in joy with Christian Eriksen making his return this year

Favourite Moment: Christian Eriksen returning to professional football 259 days after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 was a poignant and heart-warming moment. To see both Brentford and Newcastle fans rise to applaud the midfielder in February was both touching and moving. He’s also proved he is still more than capable of playing at the highest level.

What to watch out for this summer: Norwich and Watford showed what not to do after promotion from the Championship so it will be interesting to see how Fulham, Bournemouth and whoever comes up through the play-offs will approach the transfer window. Fulham probably overspent when they came up in 2018 then underspent when they were promoted again in 2020. Marco Silva will have to get the balance right this summer to avoid a third relegation while Scott Parker also needs to strengthen his Bournemouth squad.

Team of the season: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Robertson, De Bruyne, Rice, Bowen, Son, Salah, Kane


Player of the Year: Mo Salah. People tend to remember more recent performances but over the course of the whole season, he’s been magnificent. His solo goal against City is one for the ages

Manager of the Year: Jurgen Klopp. Eddie Howe deserves enormous credit but to enter the final week in the running for four trophies as Klopp’s Liverpool did is beyond superlatives.

Jurgen Klopp's were in the running for four trophies before missing out on the Premier League

Jurgen Klopp’s were in the running for four trophies before missing out on the Premier League

Most Impressive: Brentford. They’ve taken the idea that you need a lot of Premier League experience upside-down, playing with a freshness, energy and pattern of play that has made them everyone’s second favourite team.

Most Disappointing: Jadon Sancho. Signed as the missing piece in the jigsaw to take Manchester United from second to first, he has done next to nothing and appeared cowed by the disintegration at Old Trafford.

Young Player of the Year: Tino Livramento. Little-known at the start of the season, he has been a sensational signing by Southampton and it’s no coincidence that following his injury, their fortunes have plummeted.

Favourite moment: Leeds winner. The wild scenes that greeted Luke Ayling’s injury-time winner at Wolves, from 2-0 down, was a reminder why we love football.

Team of the Season (XI): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Rudiger, Van Dijk, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rice, Bernardo, Salah, Ronaldo, Son

What to watch out for this summer: With the World Cup taking place in November, how does that affect the thinking of England stars Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Pickford and Harry Kane; push for transfers or play safe until they’ve played in Qatar?


Player of the Year: Diogo Jota, scorer of vital goals for Liverpool, consistent and helped them bridge the exhilarating bursts from Salah, Mane and Diaz.

Manager of the Year: Jurgen Klopp – attacking four competitions with confidence and personality.

Most Impressive: Brentford looked the part in their first Premier League campaign, doing things their way with a manager worth listening to.

Brentford and Thomas Frank have impressed in their first season in the Premier League

Brentford and Thomas Frank have impressed in their first season in the Premier League

Most Disappointing: Manchester United. Signed Ronaldo, Varane and Sancho, appointed the high priest of the high press and still look like a ship lost at sea.

Young Player of the Year: Conor Gallagher, fine breakthrough season at Palace.

Favourite moment: Christian Eriksen return for Brentford vs Newcastle. Uplifting and life affirming.

Team of the Season (XI): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Rudiger, Van Dijk, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rice, Ward Prowse, Salah, Jota, Son

What to watch out for this summer: Post Abramovich life at Chelsea, where do they go from here?


Player of the Year: Christian Eriksen. Few thought the Dane would ever kick a ball again, let alone resume his career at the highest level and perform so impressively for Brentford. He has transformed Thomas Frank’s team with his understated class and much as it will disappoint Bees fans who have fallen in love with Eriksen, a return to the elite level of the game surely awaits. Before Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch when playing for Denmark against Finland in June 2021, he had helped Inter Milan win Serie A. That is the standard he deserves.

Manager of the Year: Antonio Conte. Tottenham had been drifting since the latter days of the Mauricio Pochettino era but Conte has quickly turned them into a proper team again, reigniting Harry Kane and introducing quality signings in Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski. Why on Earth did Manchester United think they did not need the Italian, a proven winner at the highest level? They may pay for that mistake for years to come.

Antonio Conte sealed a Champions League return for Tottenham after arriving in November

Antonio Conte sealed a Champions League return for Tottenham after arriving in November

Most Impressive: The Europa Conference League. We criticise UEFA when they get it wrong so it is only right to praise them when their ideas work. Nobody wanted the Conference League but it has produced great matches involving grand old names in famous stadiums. With the Champions League increasingly predictable and inaccessible, it was terrific to see clubs like Roma, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille duelling. Anyone who was at the Stadio Olimpico to see Roma beat Leicester in the semi-finals will have had an unforgettable experience.

Most Disappointing: The predictability of the title race and cup competitions. Manchester City and Liverpool are two of the best teams we have ever seen in this country but we also enjoy football because it can surprise us. Sadly, we are only going to see more of the same as the wealthy grow wealthier – as Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City demonstrates. Also, clubs exploiting the rules in the winter to postpone games because of a couple of cases of Covid-19. Your Under-23s are professional footballers, not competition winners. Use them.

Young Player of the Year: Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey is raw but looks a Premier League star in the making. The midfielder is made to measure for the English game – dynamic, energetic, quick, exciting – and was named player’s player of the year by his team-mates, proving he has the respect of the squad. There are still some rough edges to be rounded off but who better to do so than Villa boss Steven Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister, two of the finest midfielders of their respective eras?

Favourite moment: Not one in particular but it always brings a smile when a top Premier League footballer makes a mistake – passing the ball out of play or shanking a straightforward clearance – that would shame a pub player. It shows nobody is immune to the howler, whatever their talent and dedication. The moments of brilliance from the great players make us love the game – but so do the moments of utter daftness that only football can produce.

Team of the Season (XI): Disclaimer: I do not believe Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is a better footballer than Kevin De Bruyne, or Matty Cash than Kyle Walker. But a team based only on the numbers would be a Manchester City/Liverpool composite, with nobody else getting a look-in. And where’s the fun in that? So I have also gone for some players who have made a particularly big impression on their teams. 

(4-3-3): Jose Sa, Cash, Burn, Van Dijk, Cancelo, Eriksen, Thiago, Dewsbury-Hall, Salah, Kane, Bernardo Silva.

Jacob Ramsey has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa

Jacob Ramsey has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa

What to watch out for this summer: Make a note of the number of pre-season fixtures the top clubs play, the conditions in which they play them, and how many miles they travel to do so. Keep it safe and then refer to it the next time managers complain about fixture congestion or player exhaustion. Doubtless many managers would prefer to stay at home for pre-season, rather than bow to the commercial needs of their employers. But you can’t have it both ways, chaps.


Player of the YearVirgil van Dijk. It has been hard, particularly in recent weeks, to watch Kevin De Bruyne and not feel he can dominate a game like no other Premier League player. But Van Dijk’s return gave Liverpool the platform to launch a four-frontal assault. He has normalised brilliance.

Manager of the YearJurgen Klopp. Plenty of worthy candidates here: Graham Potter, Thomas Frank, Patrick Vieira, Pep Guardiola. Even Eddie Howe and Antonio Conte deserve a mention.

I wanted to go with David Moyes for leading West Ham to the Europa League semi-finals – and another fine league campaign. But how can you downplay what Klopp has achieved this season?

Most ImpressiveBrentford. Thomas Frank’s side could have finished in the top half had results gone their way on the final day – a remarkable achievement in their first Premier League campaign.

True, they flirted with danger until the arrival of Christian Eriksen. But that only proves why his signing might just be the shrewdest decision of the season.

Most DisappointingRalf Rangnick. His deadpan honesty has been hilarious but those of us who thought Rangnick might bring some order to the chaos at Old Trafford have been proved wrong. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never looked like the man to take United to the next level and now we know his interim replacement wasn’t either. Good luck, Erik.

Young Player of the Year: Conor Gallagher. The beating heart of a Crystal Palace side who look to be building something under Patrick Vieira. Still only 22, Gallagher could soon return to Chelsea with a legitimate claim to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s midfield plans. Deservedly part of the England fold after a fine year, too.

Conor Gallagher has reaped the rewards of regular first-team football on loan at Crystal Palace

Conor Gallagher has reaped the rewards of regular first-team football on loan at Crystal Palace

Favourite moment: It’s hard to look past those bonkers final minutes at the Bernabeu, when Real Madrid rose from the dead against Manchester City to reach yet another Champions League final. In decades to come, however, we will hopefully look back at Jake Daniels’ brave decision to come out as a seismic moment for the sport.

Team of the Season (4-3-3): Sa, Alexander-Arnold, Dawson, Van Dijk, Cucurella, Rice, De Bruyne, Ward-Prowse, Salah, Bowen, Son

What to watch out for this summer: How Chelsea go about playing catch-up in the transfer window. They look like losing most of their defence, the long-term future of almost everyone – players, the manager, crucial executives – remains uncertain. It will be fascinating to see the debris left at Cobham come the start of next season. Over to you, Todd Boehly.


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