Premier League winter winners and losers: Man Utd, Arsenal thrive while Liverpool, Chelsea struggle

Who have been the most important winners and losers within the Premier League over the busy post-Christmas interval? The Pitch to Post podcast panel focus on…

With 27 video games, 62 targets and what felt like a dozen title contenders since Christmas, Sky Sports’ Nick Wright and Gerard Brand run via the groups, gamers and managers which have had a festive interval to recollect, and those that haven’t.

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The winners

Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:

A reasonably apparent selection however the first winner for me is Manchester United. They’ve had so many ups and downs below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however they’re now just one win away from being three factors clear on the prime of the Premier League.


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Manchester United

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They had three robust video games over Christmas, Leicester away adopted by Wolves and Aston Villa at dwelling, however to choose up seven from 9 factors at a time the place Liverpool have stumbled could possibly be actually necessary.

Personnel-wise at United, their attacking gamers have gotten numerous plaudits however Eric Bailly has come again into that defence and made a giant distinction.

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Then there’s Arsenal, three consecutive Premier League wins for the primary time since July, numerous enchancment everywhere in the pitch and the younger gamers have made a distinction. But we must also point out Pablo Mari, who has come into the centre of defence and accomplished very effectively alongside Rob Holding.


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Eberechi Eze is a winner for that good objective for Crystal Palace in opposition to Sheffield United – I may fortunately watch that each one day. Plus there’s Tomas Soucek at West Ham, with two targets in three video games, together with that winner in opposition to Everton, which might have been a satisfying one for David Moyes. He appears like he is discovered his Marouane Fellaini, and that West Ham facet look well-constructed to me, solely Liverpool and Leeds make extra crosses and Soucek appears suited to that.

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Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand

Only two sides received all of their video games since Christmas and that was Manchester City and Arsenal.

But it is price mentioning Burnley too, who solely performed twice since Christmas as their sport with Fulham was postponed for coronavirus, however they’ve received two out of their final three and have really misplaced simply as soon as in six video games. I actually like Sean Dyche and I used to be assured Burnley would get again on monitor after a sluggish begin to the season, however the huge information at Turf Moor is the American takeover, which ought to give them a much-needed injection of funds.


New Burnley chairman Alan Pace says the membership’s new possession are ready to again supervisor Sean Dyche within the switch market.

It’s one thing Dyche has continuously referred to – he isn’t been shy in publicly criticising the membership for holding again lately – so I’m actually to see what he can do with a bit extra money behind him. The new homeowners have been inundated with calls from brokers since they took over!

Another winner is Joao Cancelo at Manchester City, who over the previous couple of video games has been wonderful, and you may really see Pep Guardiola after the Chelsea sport, how he approached Cancelo and was fairly clearly praising him for the job he did. Against Newcastle on Boxing Day he was man of the match, too.

Joao Cancelo (left) has been in very good kind for Man City of late

It simply exhibits that even a £60m signing can take a yr for a participant to adapt, and one other instance of the world-class expertise popping out of Portugal.

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The losers

Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:

Frank Lampard is the plain first selection. If you are going to criticise your gamers as brutally as he did after the Arsenal defeat, it is advisable see a direct response, and I’m undecided he is had that.


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Chelsea moved in a barely completely different path after they appointed Lampard, however has Roman Abramovich modified? I’m undecided, not when he is sanctioned £226m to be spent over the summer season. I believe Lampard goes to seek out himself below numerous strain.


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It feels ridiculous to say Liverpool on this class, given they’re nonetheless prime, nevertheless it has been a tough post-Christmas for them. Who’d have thought after that 7-0 win over Palace earlier than Christmas that they’d solely take two factors from three video games?


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It’s a little bit of a blip for them, dropping Joel Matip too was the very last thing Jurgen Klopp wanted, and they appear a bit weak up the highest with United sizzling on their story.

Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand

It’s price mentioning Wolves, who misplaced at Burnley earlier than Christmas, bought an excellent draw at dwelling to Spurs, however misplaced in stoppage time at Man Utd and then threw away a 3-1 lead at Brighton.


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I believe it may be a crowded mid-table this season and the draw back of them ending seventh final season is that if they do not end in an identical place this time it might be deemed a failure by some, and I do not suppose what Nuno is doing at Wolves is a failure within the slightest.

And after all, there’s Sheffield United. It’s fairly depressing now. I hope they do not go down because the worst Premier League group ever as a result of I believe that must be reserved for golf equipment who’re really poorly run, like Villa had been in 2016, like Sunderland had been in 2006, like Derby had been to an extent in 2008, as a result of I do not suppose Sheffield United are a poorly run membership, and I do not suppose Chris Wilder is a nasty supervisor.

I hope they get to 11 factors and past, which I’m certain they are going to, as a result of they’ve really been in so many video games this season – 11 of their 15 defeats have been by a single objective. So there’s been a component of misfortune there, to not say they should not be backside, however I really feel sorry for them in a factors tally sense.

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In the Regional Review, SSN reporter Vinny O’Connor talks all issues Liverpool, as an underwhelming 10 days leaves them stage on factors with Man Utd on the prime of the desk, with their bitter rivals up subsequent within the Premier League (31:36). Do they’ve a brand new defender up their sleeves for January?

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