Summer Transfer Window – Who Should Your Club Sign?

 

After a fantastic finish to the 2016/17 Premier League season, it’s time for clubs to focus on the summer transfer window. In this article we have given our opinions on who each of the ‘top 6’ clubs should try to sign before the start of the new season.

Arsenal search for a new striker…

Arsenal’s chairman Chips Keswick has given Arsene Wenger £100m to spend this summer. The Gunners’ are looking to sign Malaga duo, Sandro Ramirez and Pablo Fornals, but also looking to keep their talisman Alexis Sanchez and creator Mezut Ozil, both only have 12 months left on their lucrative contracts. Their FA triumph and improved salaries of £200k + will play a big part in the negotiations.

Arsenal targets:

Dream – Kylian Mbappé Lottin

Realistic – Alexandre Lacazette

Eventmasters suggest – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Wildcard – Anthony Martial

Champions Chelsea looks to bolster their squad…

New Champions, Chelsea, are prepared to splash the cash on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. Their main target for defence is Dutch centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk, from Southampton but are prepared to explore other options. Despite their Premier League triumph, Conte will struggle to keep Eden Hazard if Real Madrid submit a world-record transfer fee of £100m. The La Liga Champions believes Zidane’s presence will help entice Hazard to leave.

Chelsea targets:

Dream –Jerome Boateng

Realistic – Álvaro Morata

Eventmasters suggest – Andrea Belotti

Wildcard – Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United need real quality to win the Premier League…

The UEL winners, Manchester United, have also been approached by the Spanish giants for their formidable goalkeeper David De Gea. The rumours are that Manchester United have already rejected a £60m bid. Mourinho will be reluctant to sell their star goalkeeper as the summer transfer window kicks into gear.

The Red Devils are keen on signing a list of players from La Liga this year, Antoine Griezmann being one. If the French-man is to leave Atletico this summer Old Trafford looks to be the most realistic destination.

Manchester United targets:

Dream – Gareth Bale

Realistic – Antoine Griezmann

Eventmasters suggest – Paulo Dybala

Wildcard – Sergio Aguero

Manchester City prepares to splash the cash…

Manchester City has made their intentions clear early in the transfer window by signing one of the hottest prospects in Europe; Bernardo Silva from Monaco. If the rumours are true then Benfica’s young goalkeeper Ederson will also be signed for City in the coming days bringing their spending to over £70m… but they are nowhere near finished. Pep Guardiola has already admitted that he wants to bring in new full-backs with Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy all on the shortlist.

Man City targets:

Dream – David Alaba

Realistic – Ederson Santana de Moraes

Eventmasters suggest – Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (Isco)

Wildcard – Daley Blind

Tottenham search for the missing piece of the puzzle…

Spurs finished 2nd in the 16/17 Premier League despite having the best attack, best defence and the league’s top goal scorer. Tottenham only needs a couple of signings that will add real quality to the squad. So far Tottenham have kept their cards close to their chest but they will, without a doubt, be working hard behind the scenes to prepare for next season.  Crystal Palace’s star man Zaha is a name heavily linked with a move to Spurs, but Palace has said they will accept no less than £30m.

Tottenham targets:

Dream – Marco Reus

Realistic – Wilfred Zaha

Eventmasters suggest – Yannick Ferreira Carrasco

Wildcard – Demarai Gray

Liverpool to make quality additions to their squad…

Liverpool finished 4th in the Premier League last season securing Champions League football. At the start of the season most Liverpool fans would have been more than happy with that, however they started the season so well that some fans would have expected more. The Reds do not have the biggest squad compared to their rivals and really struggled over the Christmas period with a number of injured. Klopp will need to make quality additions to his squad to really challenge for the title. In recent weeks they have been linked with RB Leipzig star Naby Keïta, Virgil Van Dijk and Lacazette.

Liverpool targets:

Dream – Alexandre Lacazette

Realistic – Virgill Van Dijk

Eventmasters suggest – Kasper Dolberg

Wildcard – Ross Barkely

What’s next?

From now until 31st August 2017 every team across Europe will be competition for quality players in the transfer market. Most managers will want to get their transfer business sorted early to avoid the hectic Transfer Dead Line Day.

During summer 2016 Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history following his £89m move to Manchester United. The combined spend of Premier League clubs also exceeded £900m.

Could these records be broken again this summer?

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Liverpool draw a blank against Southampton

Liverpool faced one of their toughest tasks in their race for Champions League qualification to date… Southampton. The Reds have met Southampton 3 times already this season and have failed to score on all three occasions. The Reds dominated the game in terms of possession but failed for produce that moment of magic to break the Southampton defence. Liverpool were awarded a penalty but James Milner failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his Liverpool career. Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the table, if they win all of their remaining games they will playing in the Champions League next season.

Claude Puel said after the match:

“It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.”

Liverpool’s next game is on 14th May 2017 against West Ham United.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to The Emirates

Manchester United arrived at the Emirates in good form, on Thursday they secured a 1-0 away win against Celta Vigo in the Champions League. The Red Devils were also on a 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, their last defeat came against Chelsea back in October.

The first 30 minutes of the game was uneventful both sides wanted to keep things tight and grow in to the game. Out of nowhere Arsenal midfielder Xhaka let a shot fly from 35-yards out, the shot took a massive deflection off Herrera and left De Gea with no chance. Following the goal Arsenal were full of confidence and managed to bag a second goal thanks to a Welbeck header.

Mourinho did react to the goals and brought on Rashford and Lingard, despite their best efforts Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and won the game 2-0. This was Wenger’s first ever Premier League win over Mourinho and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Premier League Game Week 32 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 32.

All the big boys stamped their authority on the weekend Premier League games as they ramped their performances up for the final run-in.

The Chelsea title charge continues

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, outclassing plucky Bournemouth 3-1.

They got lucky with the first goal – Diego Costa’s scuffed shot went in off the head of grounded home defender Adam Smith.

But the second was magnificent.

Eden Hazard raced onto a long pass, rounded Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc and slid the ball into the net.

Joshua King got one back with a long-range deflected effort.

But Chelsea were always in control and secured the points through Marcos Alonso.

His lovely free-kick cleared the wall and nestled into the net without Boruc even moving.

Tottenham keep the pressure on Chelsea with impressive win

Tottenham made hay in the sun, thrashing Waford 4-0.

Dele Alli curled a beauty into the top corner.

And then the floodgates opened as Eric Dier smashed in a deflected cross and Son Heung-min added a third just before the break.

After half-time Son further confirmed Spurs’ dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier’s cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

He could have had a hat-trick, while Harry Kane, returning from injury as a second-half substitute, smacked the bar with a late strike.

Manchester City end their winless run

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with an easy victory over struggling Hull City.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium as the defender turned in Jesus Navas’ low cross.

Raheem Sterling set up Sergio Aguero and then Fabian Delph picked up a rare score.

Andrea Ranocchia pulled one back late on, as dodgy keeper Claudio Bravo allowed a weak effort to trickle past him.

Brazilian magic saves Liverpool at Stoke

A tale of two halves at Stoke as Liverpool came back to win 2-1.

All Stoke in the first period with Jon Walters heading home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

But Liverpool threw on the Ill Philippe Coutinho and the injured Roberto Firmino and both scored.

The Reds owed the sometimes shaky Simon Mignolet who made a number of fine saves.

It keeps Liverpool well in the race for a Champion League place.

Manchester United keep the pressure on the teams in the top four

Bottom club Sunderland’s got hammered by Manchester United 3-0.

Not helped by playing with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson was red carded for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United ahead with a 20-yard effort, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford notched the third.

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Premier League Game Week 26 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 26.

London 2 Provinces 0. A good weekend for the capital’s Tottenham and Chelsea.

Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to steamrollers Stoke and go second in the Premier League.

His first was a well-taken finish into the bottom corner, then a left foot half volley and he would not have cared that the fortuitous third came from a massive deflection.

Dele Alli, sent off for a horror tackle in the midweek Europa League defeat to Gent, partially redeemed himself by adding a fourth.

Chelsea notched another victory after disposing of a battling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas, marking his 300th Premier League appearance, could have scored four.

After prodding home the opener, the Spanish midfielder had a goal-bound shot deflected behind, was denied by former Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski and also hit the bar.

But this was no walkover.

Swansea equalised from their first serious attempt on target on the stroke of half-time – Fernando Llorente heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.

However, Pedro’s curler went under the poor dive of Fabianski, restoring the lead, and Diego Costa netted the third from close range.

It was a weekend when many of the top sides did not feature because of the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

No Manchester derby and Arsenal’s game at Southampton also cancelled.

But what a thrilling final it proved to be, with United squeezing home 3-2.

Will that spur on the Red Devils in the league? It just might.

With Chelsea looking like taking the crown, the three other Champions League places will be fought out by Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

It is going to be a fight to the finish.

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Premier League Game Week 25 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 25.

Brady stunner gets a point for Burnley as Chelsea remain top

Chelsea remain in pole position at the top of the Premier League despite being held by a vibrant Burnley at Turf Moor. It ended 1-1 with goals from Pedro and new home signing Robbie Brady.

For periods it looked as if Chelsea must come through as victors but by the end they would have been glad to get just the point from the game.

Chelsea did not have a single shot on target in the second half. Not that it mattered too much as the chasers keep turning over each other.

Can someone come through and challenge the leaders?

If Chelsea have a wobble, then yes. But no-one caught Leicester last year and it is beginning to look much the same this time round.

Liverpool bounceback thanks to Mane double at Anfield

Liverpool got their first decent result of 2017 by beating Spurs 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane, much missed when at the Africa Cup of Nations, scored twice.

Liverpool, who had not won in their previous five matches, will also be pleased at their heavily criticised defence keeping a clean sheet. Spurs had little to offer, extremely disappointing from their point of view.

Their starting XI is a match for anyone but shorn of two of their first choice defenders they seemed terribly vulnerable and Liverpool could have won by more.

2-0 seemed to be the dominant score of the weekend, with both Manchester United and Arsenal claiming victories by the same margin as Liverpool.

Manchester United maintain excellent form with another Old Trafford win – Arsenal breeze past Hull with Sanchez double

Manchester United, unbeaten in their past 16 Premier League games, took the lead against Watford when Anthony Martial set up Juan Mata to finish from close range.

Martial secured the victory when he fired home after a driving run. Not a vintage display from Arsenal but a much-needed win over Hull at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice, the first highly controversial after it came off his hand and ended up in the net – unsighted referee Mark Clattenburg later apologised to the visitors for missing it.

The second was a penalty in injury-time which was awarded after Sam Clucas was sent off for handball from Lucas Perez’s header.

Hull deserved better, causing Arsenal problems throughout. Will Arsene Wenger step down at the end of the season?

It is beginning to seem likely that he will cave in to the minority who claim recent seasons haven’t been good enough. But succeeding Wenger will be tough and those angry Arsenal supporters my find their side goes backwards before it can go forward.

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Premier League Game Week 12 Review

After the final international break of 2016, the Premier League returned to our screens for Game Week 12 of action.

Toure Returns With A Brace For Manchester City

Forgotten man Yaya Toure returned for Manchester City and showed his class. Dumped by Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and at odds with him at City, he marked his shock return with two goals as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away.

Connor Wickham got one back for the home side. Toure, now 33, was always the man who made City tick. But he and his stroppy agent Dimitri Seluk made it difficult for Guardiola to pick him. Toure recently apologised, ordered Seluk to sue for peace, and appears to have secured a second chance.

The fans chanted his name throughout the game, and his team-mates clapped him back into the dressing room at the final whistle. City can only benefit – the Ivorian remains a great talent.

Manchester United and Arsenal Share The Spoils At Old Trafford

Will the new karma extend to Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger? Looks unlikely, no sign of Mourinho relenting, but who knows in football.

United could perhaps do with him as they continue to misfire. Another draw at Old Trafford where Arsenal came back late on to share the spoils 1-1. The Gunners looked jaded with so many players away on international duty last week while the Red Devils are still showing far too little devil.

Olivier Giroud’s 89th-minute equaliser, heading in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross, earned Arsenal a point after Juan Mata looked to have put United on course with a sweeping left-foot finish from Ander Herrera’s cut-back.

Harry Kane Late Double Gives Tottenham Hotspur All Three Points

Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as West Ham, 2-1 up at White Hart Lane, imploded in the last ten minutes.

Michail Antonio’s first-half header was equalised by 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks on his full Premier League debut. A Manuel Lanzini’s penalty – awarded after Vincent Janssen pulled back Winston Reid in the area – put West Ham ahead once more.

But then came the Harry Kane late, late, show. First the England striker turned home from close range after good work down the left by substitute Son Heung-Min, then scored from the spot when the South Korean was brought down in the area by Havard Nordtveit.

And when with seconds to go Reid stupidly contrived to get a second yellow card West Ham’s misfortune was complete. Spurs are now 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season.

The last time that happened was in the 1960-61 season – White, Blanchflower, Mackay, Smith et al – which ended with the north Londoners claiming a league and cup double. However this time it is six wins and six draws, which leaves them chasing the big boys … like Liverpool and Chelsea.

Liverpool draw blank at Southampton – while Chelsea go top thanks to Costa

The Liverpool missed a hatful of chances as they managed a point at Southampton. Few would have called this a 0-0 draw beforehand.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary’s and Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal. Home keeper Fraser Foster proved the hero.

But Southampton showed great commitment and probably deserved something out of the game. With Liverpool drawing a blank it was left to Chelsea to overtake them as Premier League leaders.

Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the season, turning over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. The quickest to react to a loose ball in the box, he drilled it home. And it ended 0-1.

But matches against Tottenham and Manchester City now loom and we shall find out just how resilient is Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation which has made them so much more resilient.

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Premier League Game Week 11 Review

The Premier League once again provided plenty of goals and drama, as Game Week 11 saw Liverpool moved to the top of the league, but Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are hot on their heels, read our review of all the action.

Liverpool thrash Watford to go top of the Premier League

You’ll Never Walk Alone sang the Anfield army … but Watford must have felt very alone as they were battered 6-1. It meant Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time under manager Jurgen Klopp.

It has been coming, with the home side’s attacking prowess thrilling supporters – the fifth time Liverpool have scored four goals or more in the league this season.

They are now highest scorers with 30 goals from their 11 matches.

Yet they can’t seem to complete a clean sheet and others, like Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have far greater financial clout. Not something which deterred Leicester last season of course.

But a long way to go.

Sadio Mane’s flicked header put the Reds ahead before Philippe Coutinho threaded a shot through a host of defenders for number two. Adam Lallana crossed for Emre Can to head home, Roberto Firmino tapped in a Lallana cut-back before the Brazilian turned provider and Mane secured a fifth.

Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the 91st minute with his first goal for the club, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had struck the bar twice.

Watford got a late consolation through Daryl Janmaat.

Hazard sparkles again as Chelsea trounce Everton at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are getting their act together and trashed the other half of Merseyside 5-0. Eden Hazard scored twice, Marcos Alonso put through Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs, Diego Costa got his customary goal, and then Pedro tapped into an empty net.

As conclusive as it gets. Put Everton, on something of a revival, firmly back in their box. Chelsea were just brilliant and must on this form be real contenders to be champions.

Hazard and Costa had blinders.

Manchester City drop points against Middlesbrough and lose Premier League top spot

A totally different story at Manchester City – another hiccup for Pep Guardiola. Marten de Roon’s injury-time headed equaliser secured a draw for Middlesbrough.

Sergio Aguero put City ahead, stabbing in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his 150th City goal, but it wasn’t enough. City were utterly dominant, Aguero and de Bruyne missed big opportunities.

One wonders whether Guardiola and co would know where Middlesbrough was … or is that harsh. “A pity,” he commented through clenched teeth. So, 1-1 the final score.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur share the spoils in North London Derby

It was pumped up as the big one but the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur never quite reached the heights.

Kevin Wimmer’s own goal three minutes before the interval gave Arsenal the advantage but Harry Kane, back from injury, scored from the penalty spot

Both sides crashed balls against the post, but neither could make it count in the Premier League race. Honours even.

Pogba and Ibrahimovic shine as Manchester United return to winning ways

Manchester United beat second bottom Swansea 3-1, as some of their goal-shy forwards finally found the net.

Paul Pogna smacked a beauty while Zlatan Ibrahimovic squeezing one in at the near post, the 25,000th scored in the Premier League.

The Swede struck again in the 33rd minute for his 400th career goal. Mike van der Hoorn pulled a goal back for Swansea – new manager Bob Bradley is still waiting for his first win. Swansea were abject.

Jose Mourinho almost featured a second team against the Welsh strugglers, inclusive of Darmian, Jones, Carrick, Rojo and Fellaini, the sort of names pundits have cited when speculating who might get shown the door by the Portuguese coach.

None of them his own signings. Rooney was back starting and played with a smile on his face – perhaps there is life in the old dog yet. But United remain a very long journey away from scaling the heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

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Jose Mourinho holds first Manchester United press conference

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has held his first press conference since taking charge of the Old Trafford club.

‘The Special One’ took charge of the Red Devils after previous manager Louis Van Gaal was sacked in May, shortly after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

At his first press conference the 53-year-old stated, “I think it is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it.”

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has wasted little time in making additions to his squad having already secured the signatures of defender Eric Bailly (FC Villarreal) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) and Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG).

These signings are certainly exciting additions to the Manchester United squad and they are sure to be fan favourites at The Theatre of Dreams.

Another superstar could soon be about to join the ranks with rumours circulating that France and Juventus star Paul Pogba could be on his way to the Premier League in a deal worth £100 million.

Mourinho looking to bring titles back to Manchester United in the 2016/17 season

After rivals Manchester City unveiled new manager Pep Guardiola on Sunday, Mourinho laid down the gauntlet to his old foe, stating that he is at United to “win it all”.

Mourinho said in his press conference: “It would be quite pragmatic to say let’s work and let’s try to be back to the Champions League, be back to the top four.

“I am not good on that and I didn’t want to be good on that. I am more aggressive. We want to win. I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well.”

The Portuguese maestro then went on to add that the style of play under previous managers David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal would be a thing of the past, saying: “I could not approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the best we did was fourth and the FA Cup.

“I can’t go there. The last three years, I want to forget. I don’t want the players to start by thinking we have to do better.”

Mourninho will be the first Manchester United manager in 29-years to begin a season without Ryan Giggs at the club.

The record-appearance holder has been part of the coaching staff in recent-years but has ended his nearly three-decade association with the club.

But Mourinho has vowed to move club captain Wayne Rooney further up the field saying: “Maybe he is not a striker any more, maybe he is not a number nine any more, but with me he will never be a number six or somebody who plays 50 metres away from the goal.”

One thing is for sure the season is sure to be an explosive one with Mourinho at the helm.

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Jose Mourinho confirmed as new Manchester United manager

Manchester United have confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager, with the ‘Special One’ signing a three-year-deal at Old Trafford.

On Monday United announced that manager Louis Van Gaal would leave the club, 48-hours after delivering the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley; the clubs first win in the competition for 12-years.

Mourinho won the Premier League title with Chelsea in the 2014/15 season, but was unable to reach the same levels in 2015/16 and left Stamford Bridge in December. But his record as a manager is unrivalled, particularly in the Premier League where his 66% win ratio is the best in the history of the league.

After a turbulent two seasons under Van Gaal, which has seen vocal criticism from both fans and pundits for the style of play, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho changes things. But one thing is for certain, ‘The Special One’ guarantees success.

Manchester United a special club for the Special One

Manchester United released a statement saying: “Jose, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.”

While Mourinho added, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

The move also adds another fascinating subplot to the Manchester Derby, as Mourinho goes head-to-head with new Man City manager Pep Guardiola. The pair enjoyed a superb rivalry when in they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona – and fans will be hoping for the same levels of drama.

While the potential signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will excite the Old Trafford crowds.

One thing is for sure the Premier League needs Mourinho and it is great to have him back.

 

Barclays Premier League Game Week 26 Review

This topsy-turvy Premier League race is surely set to go down to the wire after both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur cut Leicester’s lead at the top to two points.

It leaves both big London clubs breathing down the necks of the surprise leaders. Indeed it is leaning towards a three horse race with big spending Manchester City, though not out of it by any means, in danger of being cut adrift in fourth.

For Arsenal the hero was Danny Welbeck, out injured since April last year, who sent the Emirates Stadium hordes home happy with a dramatic late winner after Leicester’s Marcin Wasilewski gave away a stupid foul just as the referee prepared to blow the final whistle.

Leicester’s Danny Simpson was the villain after getting sent off for two yellow cards. Arsenal snatched it 2-1, with Manchester United fans no doubt bemoaning ever letting Welbeck leave Old Trafford especially given the dismal form of the unrecognisable ‘Red Devils’.

The question now is – will Leicester get back into their stride or is this the start of the collapse that pundits have been predicting for months?

Have they got the bottle or will they crack?

Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead with a hotly-disputed penalty on the stroke of half-time after he tumbled over Nacho Monreal’s outstretched leg.

However substitute Theo Walcott set up a frantic finale with a side-foot finish from Olivier Giroud’s knockdown. Then, to wild celebrations in the stands, Welbeck glanced Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past magnificent Kasper Schmeichel to pinch victory.

Tottenham Hotspur picked up a huge away triumph over Manchester City at the Etihad. Again a late winner featured, this time from playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Visiting striker Harry Kane fired home from the spot in the second half after Raheem Sterling was harshly penalised for handball. Yaya Toure struck a 20-yard free-kick against the bar before substitute Kelechi Iheanacho levelled.

But Spurs earned a fifth league win in a row as Eriksen slotted home. The White Hart Lane side, once so fragile mentally, are showing no signs of blowing up. City showed bags of fight and loads of skill, yet somehow it isn’t quite happening.

Liverpool smash Villa for six for Klopp’s biggest Premier League win

Liverpool thrashed a hapless Aston Villa 6-0.


Injury-prone Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring, James Milner saw a free-kick creep in after being missed by keeper Mark Bunn, and Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure all got in on the act.

The home side’s disgruntled supporters started streaming out of Villa Park following Liverpool’s fifth after 65 minutes – eight points off safety with just 12 games left they know their side is as good as relegated.

For the inconsistent Anfield side it still allows for opportunities despite all their problems this season.

A Champions League spot looks impossible but they are just three points off fifth, respectability at least.

Sunderland got the luck; Manchester United deserved nothing. Another really poor result for manager Louis Van Gaal, a man on borrowed time if the leaks are to be believed, with Jose Mourinho supposedly taking over next season.

Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson are pals who respect each other. It looks like a shoe-in. Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri put the strugglers ahead after three minutes with a fluke free-kick from the left that went through a forest of bodies and eluded everyone.

Anthony Martial levelled after he clipped the ball over Vito Mannone, who had parried Juan Mata’s shot. But the Black Cats won it when Lamine Kone’s header from Khazri’s corner went in via a deflection off David de Gea to dent United’s top-four bid. And maybe for good.

Chelsea FC, who have surely left it too late to get involved in the race for the top four after the bizarre Mourinho suicide note, tore Newcastle apart. Do the Geordies ever travel well to London? No Dick Whittingtons are the Magpies. In the end they were embarrassed 5-1 and deservedly so.

Diego Costa opened the scoring when he slid home Willian’s pass. Pedro make it 2-0 and Costa played in Willian to score from close range. Cesc Fabregas set up Pedro for his second and Bertrand Traore turned in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross, before Andros Townsend’s late consolation.

Football is everything to the people of the North-east; they deserve better.

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