Sportsmail journalists reveal their answers to the key questions of our end-of-season awards

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The 2018-19 season will be remembered for VAR, Spygate and dramatic European comebacks. His ups and downs included a run for the title that went down the line, a Chelsea goalkeeper and the tragic death of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.

Vincent Kompany's unlikely goal in the seasonal contest and the sound of the new Tottenham stadium were the symbol of a campaign full of irresistible moments.

While another exciting football season is coming to an end, Sportsmail of journalists give you their answers to the key questions of our end-of-season awards.

Which of the European comebacks was the best of the season?

Which of the European comebacks was the best of the season?

FAVORITE GAME THAT HAS COVERED?

IAN LADYMAN – Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 in the Champions League. It was already the best game of the season after 11 minutes when the score stopped at 2-2. And then it went much better.

RE DOMINIO – Spain 2 England 3 in the League of Nations last October. Brilliant venue in Seville, incredible atmosphere, historical result and the game that pushed Raheem Sterling forward.

MATT BARLOW – Tottenham 1 Manchester City 0. Seeing the Spurs claim this great victory in the Champions League and savoring the din in their fabulous new stadium was memorable.

Fernando Llorente celebrates the Champions League clash in Tottenham with Manchester City

Fernando Llorente celebrates the Champions League clash in Tottenham with Manchester City

SAMI MOKBEL – Tottenham 1 Manchester City 0 in the Champions League. European first night at the new Spurs stadium – just wow.

IAN HERBERT – Croatia 3 Spain 2. Before a partisan crowd in the small rebounding national stadium in Zagreb, the hosts drove Spain twice before a 93-minute winner who kept Croatia's hopes alive – and the UK – to do the semi-finals of the League of Nations.

CHRIS WHEELER – PSG 1 Manchester United 3. Bonkers game, surprising result. Since then it has been all downhill for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team.

Marcus Rashford celebrates his last goal for Manchester United against PSG

Marcus Rashford celebrates his last goal for Manchester United against PSG

ADAM CRAFTON – For atmosphere more than quality, Eintracht 1-1 of the Frankfurt tour draw with Chelsea it was edifying. The color, the sound, the murals and the bounce of the German crowd.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – Newport 2 Leicester 1 in the third round of the FA Cup. There were 74 championship places between them and there had to be more than one goal. A brilliant game, a brilliant story.

CRAIG HOPE – Newcastle 2 Manchester City 1. A team fighting for survival against a title fight. The second half was strong as I've heard from St James in recent years, when Newcastle recovered from giving the first minute to somehow claim victory.

JACK GAUGHAN – Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 in the return of the Champions League quarter-finals. One of the most dramatic games I've ever seen.

LAURIE WHITWELL – Aston Villa 5 Nottingham Forest 5. Completely mad with some great strikes.

PURPOSE OF THE SEASON?

IAN LADYMAN – The first. Liverpool against West Ham. A Keita pass to Robertson on the overlap and a far post cross for Salah to exploit. A sign of things to come.

DOMINIC KING – Abandoned by choice but we go for the lightning of Mohamed Salah against Chelsea at Anfield. It was from the moment he left his start and the noise he generated was incredible.

The lightning of Mohamed Salah against Chelsea is one of the goals of the year

The lightning of Mohamed Salah against Chelsea is one of the goals of the year

MATT BARLOW – Alvaro Morata's goal for Chelsea at Southampton after 31 passes that could have tricked anyone into thinking that Morata had turned a corner and Sarriball was the future.

SAMI MOKBEL – The own goal of Everton Lucas Digne against Southampton at St Mary's. Scoring a 20-meter own goal requires a bit of action.

IAN HERBERT – The resounding 30-yard strike by substitute Daniel Sturridge that enveloped Kepa Arrizabalaga to ensure Liverpool an unlikely 1-1 draw at the 89th Chelsea. So utterly unexpected by a player whose career in Liverpool seemed over. He hasn't scored yet this season.

CHRIS WHEELER – Lionel Messi's forerunner for Barca against Man Utd in the Camp Nou, steals the ball from Young, bites Fred and makes Jones bamboo before bending a shot on Smalling and De Gea. A privilege of being there.

ADAM CRAFTON – The goal of Aaron Ramsey's illustrated book against Fulham belongs to the happiest days of Arsene Wenger's era. There were one-touch tricks of four players while the Gunners traveled from goal to goal in the blink of an eye. Ramsey applied the finishing touch with an exquisite rear wheel.

Aaron Ramsey's movie against Fulham belonged to the happiest days of Arsene Wenger's era

Aaron Ramsey's movie against Fulham belonged to the happiest days of Arsene Wenger's era

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – Daniel James for Swansea against Brentford in the FA Cup. A run and finish of 80 yards. Fantastic.

CRAIG HOPE – Sean Longstaff, Newcastle 2 Burnley 0. The academy graduate raised the roof with his first in St James's Park, an emphatic finale to culminate a move he started.

JACK GAUGHAN – Andros Townsend's 35-yard volley at Etihad.

LAURIE WHITWELL – A howitzer from the game over by Joe Lolley of Nottingham Forest. He deviated and climbed from 30 meters.

STERLING, VAN DIJK, THEN WHO?

IAN LADYMAN – Ben Foster. The best goalkeeper of the division this season. He would play for England if he only wanted to. Bizzarro will not be on Watford's team for Saturday's FA Cup final.

KINGDOM – Bernardo Silva. It is a joy to watch. He has wonderful abilities but his work rate and relentless race are something else.

MATT BARLOW – Eden Hazard, a genius and the best player in the country, brought Chelsea back into the Champions League. We will miss him if he leaves.

SAMI MOKBEL – Son Heung-min. He approached the plate when his need of him.

Bernardo Silva has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League

Bernardo Silva has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League

IAN HERBERT – Andrew Robertson, Liverpool. Incredibly consistent delivery, incredibly accurate, excellent defensive technique and a way of discussing Liverpool that reveals a fundamental humility. A revelation this season.

CHRIS WHEELER – Bernardo Silva overtakes him in front of Sadio Mane. The margins between Man City and Liverpool have been so close throughout the season.

ADAM CRAFTON – Bernardo Silva, who in reality I would have put in front of Sterling. Manchester City have not lost Kevin De Bruyne and it is all thanks to the Portuguese midfielder, inexorable and gifted.

Son Heung-min was an exceptional artist for Tottenham at this time

Son Heung-min was an exceptional artist for Tottenham at this time

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – Sadio Mane – 22 goals and the habit of delivering in games when Mo Salah was quiet at the start of the season.

CRAIG HOPE – Bernardo Silva. He could be the best offensive midfielder in the Premier League for the next five years at least.

JACK GAUGHAN – Bernardo Silva is a little genius, a pleasure to watch.

LAURIE WHITWELL – Sadio Mane has been consistently excellent and worthy of recognition.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR?

IAN LADYMAN – Nuno Espirito Santo. It is difficult to remember the last time a promoted team played as bravely as it was ambitiously like wolves. Nuno's elegant team has left a lasting impression and is the coach to set the tone.

DOMINIC KING – Impossible to split Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. The teams that built and the results obtained put them on another level. However, it is also important to mention Nino Espirito Santo ai Lupi.

MATT BARLOW – Sol Campbell: Macclesfield was down and out when he showed up at Moss Rose.

Nuno Espirito Santo brought the newly promoted wolves to a seventh final place

Nuno Espirito Santo brought the newly promoted wolves to a seventh final place

SAMI MOKBEL – Jurgen Klopp. Push Manchester City to the end and reach the Champions League final in that way … extraordinary.

IAN HERBERT – From a distance, Nuno Espirito Santo, Lupi. It brought together an attractive and well-balanced side on a fraction of the budget of the six teams that sit above their own. Only City and Liverpool have taken more points from the first six sides. And all this in the first season of his team and the club in the top flight.

CHRIS WHEELER – Nuno Espirito Santo for a fantastic job at Wolves. Too bad they aren't in the Cup final.

ADAM CRAFTON – Obvious candidate, Nuno Espírito Santo is my choice. Some teams watch and wonder what they do during training throughout the week. Santo's team is the opposite; well drilled and perfectly prepared.

Chris Wilder did miracles in Sheffield United; bringing the club to the maximum

Chris Wilder did miracles in Sheffield United; bringing the club to the maximum

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – Mauricio Pochettino. Continue to offer the maximum with the minimum.

CRAIG HOPE – Chris Wilder, Sheffield United. Show that smart management and smart recruitment can get you out of the league.

JACK GAUGHAN – Nuno Espirito Santo to the Wolves for how they managed the first six.

LAURIE WHITWELL – Chris Wilder performed miracles against the turbulence of the boardroom.

WHAT WAS THE MOST JAW-DROPPING WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN?

IAN LADYMAN – Romelu Lukaku's first touch. (Usually the first of at least three)

DOMINIC KING – Lionel Messi's free-kick against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final. It was a privilege to be there and see it.

MATT BARLOW – Watford's return to the FA Cup semi-final.

SAMI MOKBEL – Kepa Arrizabalaga refuses to be replaced in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. Completely challenge.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced in the Carabao Cup final

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced in the Carabao Cup final

IAN HERBERT – Eden Hazard's performance in the 3-0 home win over Bournemouth in the fall. Lost in the mists of time, but he was a true virtuoso. The Hazard levels achieved last fall were higher than any since he arrived from Lille seven years ago.

CHRIS WHEELER – The culmination of the Champions League quarter-final victory in Tottenham against Man City after Raheem Sterling's final goal was ruled out by VAR. Never known such drama.

ADAM CRAFTON – Manchester United ends a football match in Huddersfield with Ashley Young and Phil Jones as their central defenders. If ever a moment sums up their decline.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – Bournemouth beat Chelsea by 4-0, the biggest defeat of this last in 22 years. Chelsea had some nice games under Sarri, but this, against a team that typically was beaten by the top four, was certainly the worst.

The Leeds that allows Aston Villa to score a goal is perhaps the most surreal moment of the season

The Leeds that allows Aston Villa to score a goal is perhaps the most surreal moment of the season

CRAIG HOPE – Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa allows Aston Villa to cross for a draw goal.

JACK GAUGHAN – It can only be the Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who renounces the Carabao Cup final

LAURIE WHITWELL – Is a cabbage counted to Steve Bruce?

WHO OR WHAT IS THE MOST DISCOUNT?

IAN LADYMAN – Newcastle and Leicester have recently shown us that it is possible to play openly against Liverpool and Manchester City. There are not enough teams to do this.

DOMINIC KING – Apparently weekly reports of racism, discrimination and scary behavior. We can't go back to the dark times.

There was an increase in incidents of racism and discrimination within the British soccer fields

There was an increase in incidents of racism and discrimination within the British soccer fields

MATT BARLOW – Strong category, especially at Manchester United, but the hat started from Alexis Sanchez, who beat the winner of the escape.

SAMI MOKBEL – The Manchester City VAR canceled the winner of the last minute in the second leg in the Champions League match against Tottenham. The decision was right, but the feeling of being robbed of one of the moments of the season was deflating.

IAN HERBERT – The city of Cardiff has not complied with the contractual agreements and pays Nantes for Emiliano Sala, after the player's death in a plane crash – or to take proper care of his family. The blame that followed that tragedy, with the insurers calling the shots, was contemptible.

CHRIS WHEELER – Alexis Sanchez. Jose Mourinho said we would see the best of him this season. Instead we probably saw the last of him.

Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez suffered a torrid campaign

Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez suffered a torrid campaign

ADAM CRAFTON – Fulham. A lesson on everything a promoted part should not be. Those who have done so much to drag them back into the Premier League have been recklessly and alienated.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – VAR. Its introduction, its application, the discussions on its introduction and application.

CRAIG HOPE – Kenedy. Newcastle would have made a permanent deal of around 20 million pounds last summer if Chelsea had allowed it. What a lucky misfortune that turned out. The wing has a disinterested appearance throughout the season and will return to Chelsea with its much diminished value.

The world of football mourned the loss of Cardiff Emiliano Sala's signing in January 2019

The world of football mourned the loss of Cardiff Emiliano Sala's signing in January 2019

JACK GAUGHAN – Burnley's difficult relationship with the Europa League. They should have left.

LAURIE WHITWELL – The story of David Wagner ending in Huddersfield, who went down with a groan.

THE MOST FUNNY THING YOU SAW?

IAN LADYMAN – Can I talk again about Lukaku's first touch?

Romelu Lukaku's first unpredictable touch was a source of fun this season

Romelu Lukaku's first unpredictable touch was a source of fun this season

DOMINIC KING – It's the funniest moment I gave to everyone else. Getting the wrong time at a press conference and going through the door after the manager had just left on Good Friday didn't cause any fun for my colleagues.

MATT BARLOW – That clip by Charlie Austin Parklife.

SAMI MOKBEL – The bromance between Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on the box. I love jokes – and they love each other.

IAN HERBERT – Newcastle-free T-shirt fans and their interpretation of Wham's Last Christmas with lyrics by Rafa Benitez, sung at Huddersfield in December.

CHRIS WHEELER – The rebel blow of Marouane Fellaini at Anfield in December which caused a commissioner to sit down next to the corner flag outside the stool. It reminded me of that scene in Dodgeball, where the innocent onlooker was thrown out cold near the jukebox.

The Spygate scandal involving Leeds United and the county of Derby divided opinion

The Spygate scandal involving Leeds United and the county of Derby divided opinion

ADAM CRAFTON – Spygate. Hurt all the right people.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – I wasn't there, but anyone could appreciate the wonderful Neil Warnock who said "to hell with the rest of the world" in front of a committee sponsored by Visit Malaysia in his club.

CRAIG HOPE – Terry Hurlock. I met in a London pub for an interview and I laughed from the moment he walked in and asked him what he wanted to drink. & # 39; Well, I don't want a f ****** milk, right?

JACK GAUGHAN – Absolute disdain in the face of Kevin De Bruyne when asked to evaluate Tottenham's new stadium. "Everyone has a stadium. Everyone has fans." De Bruyne stopped just rolling his eyes.

LAURIE WHITWELL – My pathetic attempts to beat Matt Doherty in a chipping contest during our golf course interview. He was very understanding, of course …

ONE TO WATCH THE NEXT SEASON?

IAN LADYMAN – Hamza Choudhury. Confident, fast, energetic and with two feet. The young Leicester midfielder will improve only under Brendan Rodgers.

DOMINIC KING – Rhian Brewster. He recovered from a serious knee injury and the 19 year old is held in high regard by Jurgen Klopp.

MATT BARLOW – Norwich rejects Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis. Two to watch.

A number of young Brits figure among the players to see the next term, including Max Aarons

A number of young Brits figure among the players to see the next term, including Max Aarons

SAMI MOKBEL – Reiss Nelson – will return from his loan period at Hoffenheim. It could be exactly what Arsenal needs.

IAN HERBERT – Ben Chilwell, Leicester City. Expect the club to reach new levels under Brendan Rodgers and under his tutelage Chilwell will emerge as one of the Premier League's best defenders. It has all the attributes.

CHRIS WHEELER – Harvey Barnes. It has been excellent for Leicester since he returned from a loan in West Brom in January and has established himself in the first team.

ADAM CRAFTON – David Brooks. I wonder if his second part of the campaign, hampered by inconsistencies and injuries, could derail an important summer move, but it is an exceptional talent, which slips and will only improve.

David Brooks' enigmatic style continues to impress fans and experts alike

David Brooks' enigmatic style continues to impress fans and experts alike

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI – David Brooks. It was exceptional for Bournemouth this year and if it keeps its shape it will go to a top six club.

CRAIG HOPE – Sean Longstaff, Newcastle. Rafa Benitez has stumbled upon him due to injuries but the 21 year old is a class act in the mold of Michael Carrick, except with a better engine and a goal for the door. A summons in England awaits.

JACK GAUGHAN – Dwight McNeill. Others gain more attention than Burnley's wing, but he has a wicked left foot and still only 19.

LAURIE WHITWELL – Diogo Jota. He has already done this campaign superbly, but his recent improvements suggest that next year will be great.

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