Fans vote for Premier League Manager of the Season so far

by Steven Clarke February 19, 2016, 10:53
Fans vote for Premier League Manager of the Season so far

Chelsea and Manchester City have been two of the best performers in the FA Cup in recent years, lifting the trophy in five out of six seasons between them up to 2012, but one of them is not going to make it to the quarter-finals this year after they were drawn together in the glamour tie of the fifth round.

Uefa belittled the Uefa Cup, sorry, Europa League, when they turned the European Cup into the Champions League and then allowed teams who were not champions to enter.

Saturday's league defeat by Sunderland dented United's hopes of securing a Champions League place next season and, should they lose to third tier Shrewsbury Town - the lowest ranked team left in the FA Cup - on Monday, Van Gaal is likely to be denied any further stay of execution.

The 27-year-old; who bagged just three league goals under Mourinho's reign at the start of the campaign, now has ten in total in the Premier League this term, with the Spain global finding the back of the net seven times in his last eight outings.

As much as we all may say we dislike the cliche "the magic of the cup", there is a certain joie de vivre seeing a team from the lower reaches going up against one of the Premier League's big boys.

One player who is set for a rare chance to impress is January signing Mohamed Elneny, who has yet to feature in the Premier League. In between tomorrow's visit to Chelsea and next weekend's League Cup final, Pellegrini's side travel to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night.

The Italian boss claims that, despite his side sitting two points clear at the top of the Premier League, the quality of the Gunners' squad means they should be lifting the title in May.

The Reds have a rare weekend without a game this weekend coming, owing to their exit in the FA Cup.

Call it Fergie's legacy if you will. It was Alex Ferguson's willingness to bail out of the 1999/2000 FA Cup draw for a jaunt to Brazil and FIFA's meaningless World Club Championship which put the first nail in the coffin.

Palace and ex-Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor has vowed that he will celebrate if he scores against Tottenham in their clash.

"When you score for a second it is the best thing that ever happened".

However, there is no coincidence that these clubs are mostly from the top flight.

Football: Tottenham have gained a slight advantage after the opening leg of their tie against Italian club Fiorentina.

Jurgen Klopp, a manager used to taking time out during the season, at least gets to return home of sorts when he takes his Liverpool squad to Germany for their Europa tie with Augsburg.


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