Premier League best, worst XIs: Man United stars had season to forget


After a ultimate day of most drama, the glittering prizes within the Premier League are determined: Manchester City champions for the fourth time in 5 years, Liverpool foiled in a photograph end, Tottenham Hotspur within the Champions League and Leeds United marching on into one other season within the high flight.

However how in regards to the particular person accolades? And the way about those that would in all probability want to overlook the season? Everybody can have their very own concepts about the actual movers and shakers, so with out additional ado, listed here are this observer’s greatest and worst groups of 2021-22.

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Greatest XI of the season


David de Gea (Manchester United): A contentious alternative maybe towards the claims of Alisson of Liverpool and Ederson of Manchester Metropolis, however De Gea carried out wonders amid the prepare wreck of United’s season. He pulled off some beautiful saves and with out him, United wouldn’t even have certified for the Europa League.

On standby: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester Metropolis)


Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool): Nonetheless some doubts about his defending, however this can be a basic case of assessing what he can do, not what he cannot. Here’s a full-back whose skill to select passes and crosses and arrange objectives marks him as a singular expertise. England have to discover a approach of utilizing it.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool): Masterful, he appears to do the whole lot with out transferring out of second gear. That’s as a result of he reads the sport so brilliantly, placing out the fires earlier than they’ve even damaged out. No simple job in a defence that performs with each full-backs pushed up so excessive that there are additional calls for on the central defenders.

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea): Rugged and uncompromising, he can be badly missed when he leaves Stamford Bridge to affix Real Madrid this summer time. Appears to be sporting an indication saying “You will not get previous me,” and few do. Very exhausting to switch.

Joao Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis): A defender with the ball-playing abilities of a No. 10, he has been sensational at instances in Metropolis’s title win. Prefers right-back, however simply as adept in his group’s barely problematic left-back place.

On standby: Marc Cucurella (Brighton), Cristian Romero (Tottenham)


Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis): Would absolutely be in practically any all-time Premier League XI, and his fabulous move for Metropolis’s title-winning objective towards Aston Villa summed him up. Has the power to see, time and weight a move like few different gamers and this season he has added extra objectives to his repertoire.

Declan Rice (West Ham United): The torchbearer in Hammers’ wonderful season was a motive they reached a Europa League semifinal and completed seventh within the Premier League, adequate for a Europa Convention League spot. Extremely-consistent and rising as an articulate chief. West Ham will play hardball with potential suitors.

Christian Eriksen (Brentford): The story of the season. Eight months after we feared for his life when he collapsed on the pitch on the Euros, the Dane returned to rework Brentford simply as they had been starting to battle. With him within the beginning lineup, the Bees received seven out of 10 video games. It might be good to suppose he returned their religion in him by staying on the membership.

On standby: Yves Bissouma (Brighton), James Maddison (Leicester City), Christian Norgaard (Brentford), Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis), Martin Odegaard (Arsenal), Thiago (Liverpool), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)


Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): Hazard man. Even when his kind tailed off slightly, this was nonetheless an excellent season from the Egyptian as he completed joint-top scorer within the league and led the assists desk as properly. Units off alarm bells each time he will get the ball.

Harry Kane (Tottenham): Began the season in one thing of a sulk as his desired transfer to Manchester Metropolis fell via, however then confirmed he can’t solely rating objectives, however drop deep to set them up as properly. Spurs’ qualification for the Champions League is prone to imply he stays as long as supervisor Antonio Conte does, too.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham): He and Kane are actually officially the best strike partnership in Premier League history. Filled with dashing intelligent runs and skilled finishes, he shares the Golden Boot with Salah this season and performs with a smile on his face.

On standby: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Luis Diaz (Liverpool), Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Ivan Toney (Brentford); Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Worst XI of the season


Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea): The costliest goalkeeper on the earth was a distant second to Edouard Mendy at Stamford Bridge. Then when introduced on as a “shoot-out specialist” substitute within the Carabao Cup ultimate, he didn’t make a single save after which missed his personal spot kick as Liverpool received 11-10 on pens.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United): The £50 million right-back misplaced his approach and his place to Diogo Dalot in United’s calamitous season.

Harry Maguire (Manchester United): Typically wonderful for England, he appeared a shadow of himself for United. Cruelly and wrongly booed at Wembley, anticipate him to bounce again. The frustration of dropping the Euro 2020 ultimate and United’s struggles undoubtedly hit his confidence.

Raphael Varane (Manchester United): The arrival of one of many most-decorated gamers within the recreation right this moment was universally acclaimed as a coup, however his first season at Previous Trafford ended with him spending loads of trip injured and the membership conceding extra objectives than relegated Burnley.

Junior Firpo (Leeds United): Signed from Barcelona, he didn’t win many associates among the many Elland Street trustworthy. A part of the Premier League’s second-leakiest defence, which gave up 79 objectives.


Paul Pogba (Manchester United): Nearly the “invisible man” at Previous Trafford and seemingly on his approach out. The plain expertise he shows incessantly for France has hardly ever been seen in a United shirt. Principally injured.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea): An important cog at Stamford Bridge and nonetheless a high participant, however a collection of accidents noticed him solely begin have of the video games in a irritating season. His frequent absences had been a giant motive Chelsea misplaced momentum, as Thomas Tuchel admitted final week.

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): Gave the impression to be inhibited by Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival and by no means appeared the identical participant who starred with objectives and assists final season. Lower a pissed off determine. Getting a tune from him a key activity for brand spanking new boss Erik ten Hag.


Marcus Rashford (Manchester United): No apologies for therefore many United gamers on this group of “disappointments.” Ceaselessly unnoticed, he appeared bereft of confidence and perception. Physique language spoke volumes. Wants a supervisor who believes in him once more.

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea): After a stellar title-winning season at Inter Milan, he was seen because the final £97.5m piece within the Chelsea jigsaw. However he has appeared a misfit and a match at Crystal Palace when he had solely seven touches relatively summed up a mysteriously poor marketing campaign.

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal): A tragic ultimate chapter to his Gunners profession. Scored just one Premier League objective in open play and misplaced his place to Edward Nketiah.

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