Watch: The December 2006 Goal of the Month competition was ridiculously good

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We've already seen a decent amount of impressive strikes and classy team goals over the first four months of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

From Sadio Mane's brilliant finish on the opening day of the season against Arsenal and Jordan Henderson's long-range effort against Chelsea, to Pedro and Christian Eriksen's goals in the last weekend's Chelsea-Spurs clash, there have been some belters.

Whether December can continue the trend remains to be seen.

Christmas crackers

One thing that is almost certain, however, is that no matter how good the goals scored over the next 31 days are they won't compete with the frankly outrageous Goal of the Month competition from December 2016.

There is always a tendency to look back to the past with rose-tinted glasses and remember how great everything used to be. And football is no different.

Hark back 10 years and Premier League fans were treated to weekly outings from some of the very best to play in the league. With the newly rich Chelsea bringing in even more stars to join the talent already on show, the league was as entertaining as any across Europe.

Even still, the ten entrants in Match of the Day's December competition were a different class.

From a Michael Essien screamer versus Arsenal and a Paul Scholes long-range volley versus Aston Villa, to Matthew Taylor's ludicrous dipping shot from near half way, it was the month to end all months for goals.

Here's a better quality video that, for whatever reason, doesn't include Robin van Persie's goal against Watford (conspiracy!?)...

Every one of them is arguably a Goal of the Season contender but, as it turns out, it was Scholes who pipped the others to the post to win the stacked competition.

Let's hope some of today's Premier League stars catch a glimpse of this run down and it wets their appetite for the festive football season.

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Wayne Rooney
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Frank Lampard
Paul Scholes
Manchester United

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