Premier League MANual - 28th Nov
A midweek flurry of Champions League action usually brings with it a barrage of complaints of fatigue and fixture congestion. A weekend of results that we all predicted shows that fatigue has nothing to do with it. City & Arsenal won, Sunderland got beat & United stuttered. Business as usual then.
5. Pep & Yaya come together.
After a bore draw in Germany midweek, Guardiola continued to eat his words and recalled the mighty Yaya to his starting eleven for a trip to Turf Moor. Whilst the Ivorian didn’t get on the score sheet, he got up to his usual mischief and dominated the midfield and some even recalled seeing the pair hug it out after the game. Is this the start of a blossoming bromance?
4. Familiar scenes at Anfield.
Another three points for Liverpool saw the Reds temporarily on top but the real talking point of an otherwise routine win was Coutinho being carried off in the first half. News of likely ligament damage alongside Stevie G’s retirement saw large sections of the Kop break down into tears. It's not like we haven't seen that before.
3. Mourinho sees red.
Oh Manchester United, what have you done? On paper Mourinho seemed like such a great idea, the man to bring back the glory days. In reality he’s no different to the bloke who spat his dummy out and got sacked at Chelsea last season. Another disappointing result and sending off begs the question – has the man finally lost the plot?
2. Palace continue to dive.
What a difference a year makes. Five league wins since December 2015 has seen the Eagles continue on their descent through English football. Gone are the days that Palace were considered a tough team and even the hardest of Palace fans are struggling to show faith. Is Pardew going to joining the managerial merry-go-round sooner rather than later? Fan consensus seems to think so.
1. Arsenal start celebrating.
Now that we’re reaching the end of festive period, it’s safe to say that clubs are beginning to find their rhythm and Arsenal went unbeaten again. Arsenal players and fans alike have been talking up their title chances and comparing this team to the Invincibles. All we can say is calm down Gooners, history says you’ll likely be fighting for fourth place come May. Congratulations to Theo Walcott on the birth of baby Arlo though.