This weekend’s fixtures were so eventful that I have a hard time coming up with my big 3. On paper the biggest one of them all, Liverpool VS Manchester United turned to be disappointing goal wise but it was entertaining nonetheless. The biggest chances turned out to be the Pogba and Fernandes ones. Allison was in top form to thwart them. The Liverpool defense as shaky as ever without Virgil.Although they had the most shots at goal, Liverpool failed to test De Gea enough to warrant the win. Their best chance, a long range shot from Thiago was well saved by his compatriot De Gea.
Well the Red Devils will be looking at their rear view mirrors and seeing the blue moon rising. City are now just two points adrift of United with a game in hand. This following their 4-0 thrashing of their perennial bogey team Crystal Palace. De Bryune has found his mojo again.He had arguably the assist of the season. A curling cross with the outside of his boot found the sweet spot of John Stones’s forehead for 1-0 on 26 minutes. It was more or less what City deserved. They were absolutely dominant in that first half.In the second half, service resumed for City. Ilkay Gundogan’s curler caught everyone including me off guard. I had thought palace had a nice defensive shape to them leading up to the goal. John Stones looks dangerous on set pieces. He stayed in the Palace box for a corner on 68 minutes and latched on to a spill by Guaita from a header by Dias. Sterling put the gloss on a 5 star performance with a rare free kick after a half hearted attempt by Palace and Guaita to prevent it.
My last best match of the weekend was at Bramall Lane where Spurs put down a spirited Blades team thanks to a stunning goal by Tungay Ndombele to win it. Tungay has come a long way since being hooked off at Burnley last season and being savaged by his own coach in public.This is testament that the old school type of management still works(rubble rouse them a bit to invoke a reaction type of management). I wonder what Chris Wilder is teaching them in the training ground as far as set pieces are concerned but the Serge Aurier goal was a soft one to say it mildly. England Captain Kane has a knack of making a goal out of nothing ever since Mourinho took over. The Spur’s second is evidence of that. Irish international McGoldrick has been a leading light in the dark procession of Sheffield United whose destination will likely be Championship next season. He will not be short of premier league suitors if they end up there. His header from a Fleck cross on the left flank on 59 minutes deserves all the credit. Power and direction. For the Ndombele winner, careless passing in a dangerous area by Blades,led to them losing the ball cheaply. A scoop pass from Bergwijn found the Frenchman wide to the right of Ramsdale’s goal looking like he has no chance at scoring. He looped the ball with the outside of his right foot, up and over the stranded Ramsdale. The ball bounced off the right post into the net for an unlikely goal. Spurs keep in touch with the top 4 whilst Sheffield’s desperate season continues.