Here are the 5 things we learned in the premier league over the weekend:
By SportBrief Reporter
- United just can’t stop scoring
Jose Mourinho’s side were at it again as they won by yet another four-goal haul, the fourth time they have done so already this season, as the Old Trafford side continue to terrorise their opponents with a flurry of goals.
This time half of the Red Devils goals came from a rather unlikely source in Marouane Fellaini, and with full back Antonio Valencia having scored a stunner last week, United are proving they are a goal threat from virtually every area of the pitch.
- CITY beat Chelsea to underline title credentials
We move from one free-scoring Manchester team to another. While City have commanded plenty of attention for their exhilarating attack, their defensive improvement has gone relatively unnoticed.
Saturday’s 1-0 victory over champions Chelsea saw them record a sixth clean sheet in seven matches in all competitions, and this has been achieved without Vincent Kompany. Admittedly the likes of Watford and Crystal Palace asked few questions, but Chelsea represented a stern test.
With new goalkeeper Ederson bringing greater confidence to the back line, City may have solved what was a major weakness last season. And as the Citizens defeated the premier league champions right on their backyard, they are starting to prove that they may very well have what it take to claim top honours this season.
- Another day, another draw for Liverpool
When Liverpool tore Arsenal apart at the end of August they looked like genuine title contenders. However, that hasn’t been the case since then as they have been rather shy in front of goal, and that has been costing them. They seem unable to make the most of the multiple opportunities that their stellar attacking players carve out, despite outplaying teams, they commit errors and concede goals.
Against Newcastle, that was very much the case with the Toon side holding them to a 1-1 draw over the weekend. The first issue may be a simple case of bad luck but the same excuse does not work for the second. Jurgen Klopp and his squad need to regroup.
- Gunners’ Sanchez-Lacazette partnership blooming
Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion but perhaps what would have impressed Arsene Wenger the most from that win was the great link-up play between summer signing Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez. And the gaffer was quick to acknowledge the blossoming relationship between the two forwards.
“Both of them can score goals, both of them can give assists, so I expect a positive response from them on that,” said Wenger. “We work on the partnership in training but the best way is to play games together.”
- Batshuayi overlooked again in Chelsea defeat
When Michy Batshuayi scored Chelsea’s late dramatic late winner at Atletico Madrid in midweek, the striker may have thought he had planted himself firmly in manager Antonio Conte’s thoughts. Coming after a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup, another goal in his previous appearance and a handful of important strikes late last season, the Belgian was clearly growing in confidence.
It may have come as a blow, therefore, that when Alvaro Morata limped off injured early against City that he was not sent on to replace him. It seems Conte still does not really trust him. If things continue like this, the striker may have to start looking for a new club soon.