The English Premier League returned to football action over the weekend after the break for the third round of games in the English FA Cup competition. Here is a look at the amazing and interesting things we learned from the Premier League Week 22 matches.
1. Manchester United on a roller coaster as Solskjaer passes first big test
Manchester United have enjoyed an impressive run of form and good performance since the sack of Jose Mourinho and the appointment of club legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as the caretaker manager till the end of the season. Manchester United have won their last five games in a row under new manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer but the first real test for the new manager was the away game against Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Manchester United team was set up and looked very different from what the fans are used to seeing in the days of Jose Mourinho as the side hit Tottenham on counter attacks with fantastic breaks forcing Tottenham’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into making several important saves. Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba combined so well in the game and eventually produced the only goal that decided the the fate of the game.
However, Dave de Gea as always produced some extremely heroic saves to deny Mauricio Pochetino’s Tottenham side from scoring and secure all the 3-points for Manchester United in the Super Sunday clash at Wembley. Manchester United are now level on points with 4th placed Arsenal with 41-points and are just 6-points away from 5th placed Chelsea on the Premier League table.
2. Southampton crawls out of the relegation zone
English Premier League side Southampton have looked very inspired and enthusiastic in their recent performance since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as the new manager took over from Mark Hughes. The Saints were enduring a torrid and frustrating performance in the league before the busy Premier League fixtures in December under former manager Mark Hughes where they had only been able to gather just 9-points, but since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Southampton side have now shown some character and enthusiasm as they fight for their Premier League survival ahead of next season.
Southampton showed their improved enthusiasm to stay in the Premier League over the weekend when they defeated Leicester City 2-1 away from home in a hard-fought and much-improved performance. The entire board and fans of Southampton would be delighted with such a great result because it could prove very pivotal to their Premier League survival at the end of the Premier League season.
3. Liverpool sweats hard for 3-points
No doubt, Liverpool’s loss to Manchester City has indeed titled the dynamics of the Premier League’s title race and so, Jurgen Klopp would be very delighted that his team was able to travel away to the south coast and get a hard earned one nil victory against Chris Houghton’s Brighton side at the Amex stadium.
Mohammed Salah’s goal from the penalty spot made all the difference for Liverpool and was enough to seal the victory and secure all 3-points for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s men bounce back from a Premier League defeat to title contenders Manchester City.
With Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team in second place on the league table and in hot pursuit, Liverpool will need to display a very high level of maturity, focus and mental toughness throughout the remainder of the Premier League season if they hope to be crowned as the Premier League champions at the end of the season in May.
4. Arsenal are horrible…again
The glory days when Arsenal was on a 22 match unbeaten run are now over and in the distant past. Arsenal and Unai Emery now have a real problem to deal with on their hands after another costly and disappointing defeat to West Ham United over the weekend. Arsenal was terribly poor at defending set pieces. West Ham realized this weakness in the Arsenal team and capitalized massively in exploiting that vulnerability in Unai Emery’s Arsenal team. Another cause for concern for Arsenal fans is the continued absence of Mesut Ozil in the Arsenal lineup. The Arsenal team is obviously missing the creative capabilities of the German attacking midfield maestro and have only won one game out of their last five matches. It is getting increasingly difficult not to question Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal and the midfielder’s absence on the pitch.
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