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The nominees for the Premier League Manager of the Month award in December


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is among the nominees for Premier League manager of the month in December, after seeing his side climb the league table.

Solskjaer is joined on the shortlist by his Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelotti, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith and Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

Solskjaer United’s side were undefeated in all six Premier League games they played in December, winning four of them to take 14 out of 18 possible points.

They ended December with a final winner against Wolves at Old Trafford to propel them to second place in the standings.

Everton from Ancelotti recovered in December from a blemish that had plagued them since mid-October after what had actually been a blistering start to 2020/21.

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Carlo Ancelotti guided Everton to form | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Unbeaten in five Premier League games in total during the month, the Toffees have won four straight wins against Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Sheffield United to end the calendar year on a high.

Elsewhere, it was also a beautiful month of December for Smith and Aston Villa. It started under difficult circumstances when a game against Newcastle was postponed but Villa continued to take 11 points from the five games they played to return to the top five.

Their winning streak included two significant derby wins against Wolves and West Brom.

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa finished fifth in December | ANDY RAIN / Getty Images

Dyche’s Burnley started December in the Premier League relegation zone and finished it in 16th place after taking maximum points in three of their games and pulling out two more.

The Clarets beat Arsenal, Wolves and Sheffield United, while taking points from Everton and Aston Villa, which is impressive considering their bosses’ nomination.

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Sean Dyche led Burnley out of the relegation zone | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Fans can vote for the winner on the Premier League website until 6 p.m. (GMT) Monday.

The list of December’s eight finalists for Premier League Player of the Month has also been released, featuring Anwar El Ghazi, Bruno Fernandes, Emiliano Martinez, Ben Mee, Marcus Rashford, Mohamed Salah, Tomas Soucek and John Stones.

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