Premier League MANual - 23rd January
This weekend's Premier League action brought its usual twists and turns, but with the news last night that Hull City's Ryan Mason is in hospital after suffering a fractured skull from a nasty collision with Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge, everything else almost pales into insignificance. Here's to a speedy recovery for Ryan; our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time. Now, back to the football.
Sigurdsson Slip Up For Jurgen's Reds
In a game that took just over 45 minutes to warm up, Fernando Llorente double's was cancelled out by Roberto Firmino's brace with 20 minutes left to play. Enter Gylfi Sigurdsson - Swansea's midfield talisman - to swing the axe and deliver a fatal blow that could seriously dent Liverpool's title hopes come May. It's also worth noting that Saturday's lunch time win is Swansea's first in the Premier League at Anfield. Paul Clement must be doing something right.
Record Breaking Rooney
Defeat to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium would've raised some serious question marks over Jose Mourinho's position as Manchester United manager, but when the chips were down it was a perfect opportunity for one Wayne Rooney to step up and save the day. Thumping in a wondrous free kick from an acute angle, Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record to make him United's all-time leading scorer. No mean feat, considering he's only 31 and spends quite a bit of his time getting drunk at other people's weddings and having Phil Bardsley knock him out in his kitchen.
More Misery For Guardiola & City
As the weeks roll on, Pep Guardiola can't seem to do anything right at Manchester City. With the news that Gabriel Jesus was available to play for the club coming 48 hours before their game against Spurs, it looked as though City may have God on their side for once. Alas, it wasn't to be, as Son Heung-Min latched onto Harry Kane's flick on, bringing the visitors from two goals down to draw 2-2. The aforementioned Jesus thought he'd given Pep divine intervention at the death, but his strike was ruled out for offside. City now sit in 5th place; a mighty 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Are Sunderland Finally Down And Out?
It's been a few rocky seasons for Sunderland. After surviving the drop by the skin of their teeth under several different managers, they've seen their bitter rivals drop out of the top flight and could finally be on their way to join them. Another 2-0 loss to Tony Pulis' Berahino-less West Brom makes David Moyes' job a ticking time bomb. There can't be long left before Sunderland's board call in reinforcements to ensure the club are playing Premier League football next season.
Table Climbing Toffees
In and amongst all the talk about the action at the top of the table, it seems as though people have forgotten about little old Everton. After smashing Manchester City 4-0 at Goodison last weekend, they left it late at Selhurst Park to secure all three points, which came in the form of an 87th minute Seamus Coleman right foot rocket. The Toffees now sit in 7th place - if they keep going at this rate, they can expect to be playing overseas for sure next season.