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Premier League 2016-17 season reviews: M(UFC) to W(est Ham)

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United passes a bottle to Paul Pogba during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 11, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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The 2016-17 Premier League season is now over and it is time to look back at how all 20 teams fared over the course of the campaign.

[ MORE: Full 2016-17 season reviews ]

Below you will find the second half of the PL analyzed (Manchester United to West Ham United), with the first half ably handled by Joe Prince-Wright this morning.

Plus, click on the link above to follow all of ProSoccerTalk’s reviews of the 2016-17 season.

Let’s get to it.


Manchester United

Swansea City v Manchester United - Premier League

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on November 6, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Final position: 6th (Europa League group stage)
Star man: Paul Pogba -- It’s clear that he’ll never justify his price tag to some critics, but once he found his footing in late Fall there was no turning back for one of the most complete players in the world. Only David De Gea played more minutes for the Red Devils.
The Gaffer: Jose Mourinho -- There were typical odd Mourinho moments, and his fixture congestion talk was tiresome, but all-in-all he navigated the Europa League all the way to the final despite an absurd rash of injuries to defenders and long absences for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata, and Paul Pogba amongst others.
Mark out of 10: 6/10 – Sixth is no prize for Manchester United, but a win on Wednesday against Ajax may bump this mark up to 7 (perhaps 8 given the injuries).
Season summed up in a word: Patience.


Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough v Everton - Premier League

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Romelu Lukaku of Everton controls the ball under pressure of Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Everton at Riverside Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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Final position: 19th (Relegated)
Star man: Ben Gibson -- The 24-year-old defender played all 3420 Premier League minutes for Boro, and was the most consistent performer on a team that defended like a top half side.
The Gaffer: Aitor Karanka / Steve Agnew -- Karanka has a right to feel a bit hard done-by after leading Boro to the Premier League, but he couldn’t orchestrate goals and that is what doomed the Smoggies down to the Championship.
Mark out of 10: 4/10 – Even with relegation, Boro didn’t embarrass itself like their Northeast neighbors Sunderland.
Season summed up in a word: Inoffensive.


Southampton

Manchester United v Southampton - EFL Cup Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Ander Herrera of Manchester United outjumps Oriol Romeu of Southampton during the EFL Cup Final match between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Final position: 8th
Star man: Oriol Romeu -- The hard-nosed tackler with an eye for the smart pass showed us what Barcelona and Chelsea saw in the center midfielder.
The Gaffer: Claude Puel -- Not back in Europe, and that’s a disappointment, and seems destined to start next season somewhere else. Is that fair for a League Cup final campaign, one that probably deserved better than a loss?
Mark out of 10: 6/10 – An injury to stellar center back Virgil van Dijk is likely what kept them from contending with Everton for seventh place. Their Europa League return was decent, and Puel (or whoever) will need to boost the club back into the Top Seven discussion early if he wants to stick around St. Mary’s.
Season summed up in a word: Acceptable.


Stoke City

Stoke City v Arsenal - Premier League

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Bruno Martins Indi of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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Final position: 13th
Star man: Bruno Martins Indi -- The Dutchman was a beast in the back for Stoke, but heads back to Porto this summer unless Mark Hughes can work a sale.
The Gaffer: Mark Hughes -- An injury to Geoff Cameron hampered their season, but the Potters stumbled too much given their talent.
Mark out of 10: 3/10 – There’s a difference between leveling off and dropping off, and Stoke massively underachieved when it comes to taking any sort of step forward.
Season summed up in a word: Underwhelming


Sunderland

Sunderland v Watford - Premier League

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Jordan Pickford of Sunderland (L) attempts to punch the ball during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Watford at Stadium of Light on December 17, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Final position: 20th (Relegated)
Star man: Jordan Pickford -- The young backstop won’t be long for the Stadium of Light.
The Gaffer: David Moyes -- From word one the Scottish boss said his club wasn’t good enough for the league, which sure didn’t help them en route to relegation. Oddly enough, he could’ve been the right man to lead an undermanned rebound to the Championship. Instead, he’s resigned.
Mark out of 10: 1/10 – There was nothing to like from the Northeast, but Jermain Defoe, Didier N’Dong, and Pickford were bright spots.
Season summed up in a word: Moribund.


Swansea City

Swansea City v Norwich City - Premier League

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 05: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Norwich City at Liberty Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Final position: 15th
Star man: Gylfi Sigurdsson -- The Icelandic star is simply the reason Swans stayed alive long enough to see their season rescued by Clement and Co.
The Gaffer: Francesco Guidolin / Bob Bradley / Paul Clement -- Not one of these men were given enough talent to keep the team in the Premier League, so credit to Clement for getting it done.
Mark out of 10: 3/10 – Selling Ashley Williams and not adequately replacing him as a leader or center back could go down as the worst move in a long time.
Season summed up in a word: Fortunate.


Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, right, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Hull City during the English Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Sunday May 21, 2017. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

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Final position: 2nd (Champions League group stage)
Star man: Harry Kane -- Two Golden Boots before he’s turned 24, and the latest Englishman to have a deserved comparison to Alan Shearer.
The Gaffer: Mauricio Pochettino -- He’s one of the best managers in the world, and Spurs are fortunate to have him.
Mark out of 10: 10/10 – From the development of Dele Alli to the steadiness of their back line, Spurs could be the next dynastic club in the Premier League.
Season summed up in a word: Precipice.


Watford

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Watford’s Etienne Capoue, centre, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal dduring the Premier League soccer match between Watford and Swansea City at Vicarage Road, Watford, England. Saturday April 15, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)

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Final position: 17th
Star man: Etienne Capoue -- Impressed in possession and finishing touch. In some ways he may be like Gylfi Sigurdsson as a player best suited to stand out on a lesser squad than contribute on a well-oiled machine.
The Gaffer: Walter Mazzarri -- Like Quique Flores, another Watford manager sent packing by an impatient brand.
Mark out of 10: 6/10 – Avoided the other end of the yo-yo worry.
Season summed up in a word: Alive.


West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion saves from Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Final position: 10th
Star man: Ben Foster -- Saved points for the Baggies on so many occasions.
The Gaffer: Tony Pulis -- Yes he was in the running to be Premier League Manager of the Year, but that feels a bit hollow, like honoring a domestic mainstay for talking down his club’s chances and then keeping them from the drop. At some point, like with Stoke, stagnation makes staying alive less impressive.
Mark out of 10: 6/10 – Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, and Foster helped defend to the death, but the club dropped off a cliff.
Season summed up in a word: Sated.


West Ham United

West Ham United v Manchester United - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Chris Smalling of Manchester United looks dejected as Winston Reid of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Final position: 11th
Star man: Winston Reid -- The New Zealand captain was a steady presence in a tumultuous season.
The Gaffer: Slaven Bilic -- Given the club’s massive aims, this season will be combed through in a fine manner. But the Dimitri Payet saga clobbered the team after the Frenchman welched on his commitment to the club. Bilic deserves another chance.
Mark out of 10: 5/10 – The chairman will want more than this, and he has to get it early this Fall.
Season summed up in a word: Wobbly.


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