Injuries, manager mood swings – ahem, Pep Guardiola – or, just some players deciding to find their feet after finally getting over ‘Ibiza-2K16-wid-de-ladz’, has brought many back into the frame at their respective clubs. It may have taken until November/December, but it has led to many Premier League players now seeing their names first on the team sheet, and not staring at a Jexit.
With players improving, it’s either led teams to climbing the table, or in the case of Manchester United, winning six games in a row, and find yourself going from sixth position… to sixth position. Here are the lads who have all turned their seasons around in a 3-5-2 formation…
All began with that game at Old Trafford, Rudolph's long cousin has now taken the No. 1 jersey from Adrian.
Often dubbed the lost Argentine, who's more handy in a tattoo parlour. But somehow, Rojo has managed to replicate the form shown at Sporting Lisbon.
Didn't get a sniff at Arsenal early on, and looked set to warm the bench better than the Ox; the last minute move to Middlesbrough has revitalized the Englishman.
The fact Phil Jones is looking like a decent centre-half, just about gives us all Sunday League players hope.
Largely the reason for the Baggies putting six wins in 10 games together. 'Ohhhh Matty Philips, ohhhh Matty Philips'.
Had checked-in to BA with a flight to America, bags packed and all by October. Yet, decided to bag a brace against Crystal Palace, and suddenly in Pep's good books.
Hang about a minute, before you all start going: 'Ay??! Kante, what you on about, lad?!'. Before the Arsenal three-nil hammering, any Tom, Dick and Harry was questioning Kante, and Chelsea looked at sixes and sevens. However, since that shaky start and being doubted, Kante's looked even stronger than he did at Leicester.
We all thought Michael was closer to a retirement home than playing regular football, and now somehow become the Red Devils most important player.
Released from Jose's dungeon, and now acting like an Australian critter.
Struggled at the start of the season, then injured for five games; seeming more Cain than Abel. However, turned it around, much to fans delight with Vincent Janssen waiting in the wings.
Suddenly become more important to Arsenal than Alexis and Mesut Ozil combined.
Not a bad XI, and the chaps all deserve a new year pat on the back, subject to whether managers are on their monthly period or not; looking at your here Jose, and Pep.