Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, history has repeated itself... again. A season of hope created last year has been followed by a term failure. And even while Brendan Rodgers will get another opportunity to set things right, it could be his last chance if he doesn't succeed.
Wenger's Arsenal side are coming to their peak as a team. They put in a late joust at the title this season, they're overwhelming favourites to retain their FA Cup title, and they've got the potential to improve even further next season. Why would you take that stability and throw it out of the window?
With the quality players they have Chelsea had a good chance of beating United in a straight fight, but the players went out on the pitch prepped not to lose, rather than to try and win - the fact that they did get the three points was more a happy coincidence than anything else.
Anyone who thinks Pochettino has merely been lucky to turn up at a time when these players have started to excel should glance at what he did at Southampton. In the time he was there he turned a bunch of largely uncelebrated professionals into big stars.
Manchester City have been far too naive in the transfer market since building their first Premier League title winning squad. It's a team which still remains, has reached its peak and gone far past it. So much so that it's become a problem. Serious work needs to be done.
If he can keep Villa up, which it looks like he will, then we'll finally get a full season to judge him next term. But everything he's achieved so far seems to point to him being equipped to make a relative success of things next term.
It took some time for van Gaal to figure things out and to imprint his own style on the squad, but it's now starting to pay off and further improvement will continue to follow. What would have happened in the unlikely event that the club hierarchy had listened to the ridiculous calls to swing the axe?
Arsenal are like that talented kid at school - the one who who has so much to offer, but is a little scared of the spotlight. He prefers to just fade into the background and while he might be a little proud of what he's done, he doesn't like the attention on him. Nor the pressure.
Whichever three sides go down, they are bound to lose a number of players who want top flight action, but a certain few will remain loyal. Here are six individuals who would, or at least should stick around if their club goes down.
Nevertheless, late into March and with a run-in that includes five fixtures with teams in the bottom half of the table, it seems that the Saints will defy all of the odds and finish on a par with the likes of Spurs and last season's runners-up, Liverpool. Cast your mind back to the beginning of the season and this would have seemed almost impossible.
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In an attempt to have big government control the future of futebol president Dilma Rousseff is submitting legislation to "modernize" the national pastime to a fractious Federal Congress for review and approval.
The root of the problem is attitude. Steven Gerrard told the Guardian that Chelsea's reaction was merely "normal". He said: "It's normal at that level. Players want to win so much, managers want to win so much, and they'll try every trick in the book." Is that not the most worrying aspect of all?
Some fans may not even consider this a good thing, but on the basis of his performance at Old Trafford, Harry Kane is in desperate need of a breather and with Roberto Soldado currently injured, Adebayor's opportunity to redeem himself is now.
It seems to be that English sides are suffering from a lack of identity. The Premier League does not create, it imports. Until English sides start producing talent instead of hoovering it up, the poor European results will continue.
They certainly haven't lost the fight they showed in the first three months of the campaign, except for two of what can only be described as humiliating results against West Brom in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace. So, what's gone wrong?