MANCHESTER IS RED ONCE MORE
Manchester City are currently sitting pretty at the top of the premier league and by a considerable margin. Therefore with that being said, they can afford to slip up a couple of times (but not on derby day). A Manchester derby is a Manchester derby and should be approached and treated as such irrespective of league positioning.
There is no shadow of a doubt that Guardiola’s team set out with the right approach to the game. You’ve only got to look at the starting eleven to see that they meant business. With a plethora of world class players to choose from, the team that was selected was possibly City’s best 11 (minus Foden). Sterling, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Diaz and Mahrez all made the start (Pep’s intentions with this lineup was clear as day).
Manchester United on the other hand are currently second in the table and may probably feel that they are over achieving (I know some United supporters may disagree) given their current pool of players. However, the away side came out swinging and went a goal ahead inside 2 minutes of play after Martial was brought down by Jesus in the penalty box. Fernandes calmly dispatched the spot kick to put United ahead. Man City, will always create chances and came close after Zinchenko’s long range effort was parried away by the United keeper.
As the second half progressed, Rodri hit the crossbar for City but United still remained ahead by a goal to nil. Luke Shaw, who seems to have regained his confidence under Solskjaer’s tenure as manager, burst through City’s defence with an impressive powerful run before playing a one two pass with Rashford and neatly tucking his effort in the bottom corner (City’s goalkeeper Ederson, was left stranded). Shaw’s goal came in the 50th minute but City could not find an equaliser anywhere. This victory ended Man City’s winning streak although nothing was impacted as far as the league table goes.
In the other league games that took place over the weekend, Fulham pilled on more misery for Liverpool as the Londoners were able to secure a very much needed 3 points away at Anfield. Lemina grabbed the only goal of the game in the 45 minute and Scott Parker will believe his side have every chance of escaping the drop. Liverpool will definitely want the season to come to an abrupt end as they continue to slump deeper. Top four hopefuls Leicester managed to grab a late winner away to Brighton as the game ended 2-1 to Leicester. The win keeps Leicester 3rd in the table on 53 points.
Spurs continue their ascend back to familiar league table placement as they ran rampant over Crystal Palace. Bale was once again showing his quality and class, likewise Harry Kane. In all honesty, Palace really didn’t have much for Tottenham as the home side were convincingly victorious with a 4-1 win. The question now for Mourinho is how far can the run continue? And, will it be strong enough to get them in the top 4? Arsenal meanwhile, drew 1-1 with Burnley while the Aston Villa and Wolves match ended in a goalless draw as did West Brom and Newcastle.
GOAL OF THE SEASON??!!!