Week 9 of the English Premier League witnessed some very interesting results. Liverpool’s carefree march to breaking Manchester City’s 18 game winning record was halted, while Arsenal exhibited familiar frailties in a loss at Sheffield.
The star match of the weekend was the eternal rivalry between high flying Liverpool and an underwhelming and stuttering Manchester United side.
Not even the assurances from Ed Woodward over the security of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s job was enough to motivate the Norwegian to inspire his players to pick all three points against a surprisingly flat Liverpool side.
Though they were five minutes from pulling it off, Adam Lallana’s equalizer after Rashford had put the Red Devils in front worsened their position. This is officially Manchester United’s worst start to a season.
Tottenham Hotspur’s nightmare start to the season continued as they drew 1-1 with Watford at home. It would have been worse, if not for the ignorance of VAR to a clear penalty call in favour of Watford.
Champions Manchester City had to rely on quick-fire goals from Gabriel Jesus and the ageless David Silva to dismiss Crystal Palace 2-0. This reduced the gap between them and table-topping Liverpool who drew with Manchester United to 6 points.
Chelsea’s recent impressive run of form continued with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over a stubborn Newcastle United. Marcus Alonso’s goal lifted Chelsea into fourth position level on points with third-placed Leicester City.
Leicester City defeated a physically bruising Burnley side by 2-1 to remain in third place. Brendan Rogers’s managerial expertise is bringing the Kingspower Stadium dream alive again as goals from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans ensured that they remain in the hunt for a place in the Champions League.
Marco Silva got a breather as Everton defeated West Ham United 2-0 at Goodison Park. Goals from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson, helped relieve the pressure on Marco Silva, at least he survives to fight another week.
Aston Villa made it two victories in a row as they defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 at Villa Park, with goals from Jack Grealish and Matt Targett. The victory lifts Aston Villa into 12th place, while Brighton sank to 16th on the log.
Teemu Pukki drew blanks as Norwich and Bournemouth F.C had to settle for a goalless affair at the Vitality Stadium. With the result, Norwich drops to 19th place with seven points while Bournemouth maintains the 10th spot.
Wolves could not repeat their heroics at the Etihad Stadium at home as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Southampton. Raul Jimenez scored for Wolves, while Danny Ings scored for Southampton.
In the last match of the week played on Monday at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Arsenal. Mousset came up with the goods in the 30th minute to punish Arsenal, whose only positive from the match is a better performance from record signing Nicholas Pepe.
The loss to Sheffield United makes Unai Emery’s men drop from the top four into fifth place, while Sheffield United climb to 9th on the log.