Manchester United boss David Moyes is among the nominees for the Barclays Premier League manager of the month award for December.
United have lost their past three games in all competitions, but won four, drew once and lost twice in their seven league games last month.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who went unbeaten in December, is also nominated.
Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Everton’s Roberto Martinez also feature.
Moyes started December with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham before subsequent 1-0 home defeats by Everton and Newcastle.
A run of four wins, against Aston Villa, West Ham, Hull and Norwich, followed before United lost 2-1 to Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
Swansea then knocked Moyes’s side out of the FA Cup on Sunday before Sunderland beat them 2-1 in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.
It is the first time since 2001 that United have lost three games in a row.
There are six contenders for the player of the month award, with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has scored 20 league goals in 15 games, leading the way.
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, defender Vincent Kompany and midfielder Yaya Toure are also nominated.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, are the other contenders.