Game Week Nine in the Premier League seemed to revolve around one-match as Jose Mourinho managed his first ever game against Chelsea in the Premier League. But there were also important games involving Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal.
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Mourinho humiliated on his return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea hammer Manchester United 4-0
Jose Mourinho suffered embarrassment, humiliation and an ego-busting blow to his pride as Manchester United were battered 4-0 at Chelsea. His first return to Stamford Bridge after being sacked for a second time after a schism between him and his players last year lead to a dire run of results.
Whatever was the game-plan, it didn’t work as Pedro capitalised on slack defending after just 30 seconds. Gary Cahill smashed in the second after woeful United’s inability to handle a set-piece.
Hazard pounced for the third and N’Golo Kante took advantage for the fourth.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 23, 2016
David Moyes should have been given longer but was sacked after a season – not the United way. Louis van Gael managed a miserable two years instilling snail-like ponderous possession football – not the United way.
And now Mourinho is finding it tough to work out what is his best side, how to get them to gel and what style of play suits – so far not the United way.
The United way is thrilling attacking football from all angles designed to enthral the Old Trafford crowds. Let Chelsea have four goals but score five yourself.
But a pattern is emerging – managers who followed Sir Matt Busby struggled, with the Red Devils at one point relegated to the old Second Division, and it took Sir Alex Ferguson time and patience, during which there were calls for his head, before the team got back to winning titles.
The same problems seem to be happening in the wake of Sir Alex’s departure. More than three seasons in which United have lost their way.
Chelsea have had their own wobble this season with talk of Antonio Conte getting the bullet but a tactical switch to a 3-5-2 formation seems to have done the trick.
Manchester City continue to stumble in the Premier League with draw against Southampton
Manchester City are back at the top despite another troubled performance amid increasing fan frustration. Their winless streak now extends to five games after only drawing 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad.
The visitors led when John Stones’ under hit pass allowed Birmingham City academy product Nathan Redmond to round Claudio Bravo and slot in.
Booed off by some at the break, City dominated the second half, substitute Kelechi Iheanacho converted Leroy Sane’s low cross, but excellent saves by Saints keeper Fraser Forster prevented further scores.
Hardly a crisis for manager Pep Guardiola but an examination of his approach.
PEP: You can win ten times and then you are not able to win five times. I have to discover the reason why and I am going to find that. #mcfc
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 23, 2016
His goalkeepers constantly flirt with danger and sometimes get caught out as happened to Claudio Bravo with his Champions League sending off at Barcelona.
Having already upset the supporters by dumping Joe Hart, there have been bizarre suggestions that Sergio Aguero could be discarded and replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And, while Stones is a class player, he is prone to bad errors and always has been, something Pep and his staff need to eradicate.
Liverpool’s fine form continues with win over Anfield at West Brom
Liverpool march on, beating West Brom “easily” 2-1 without ever totally dominating. Sadio Mane steered in Roberto Firmino’s dinked cross. Then Philippe Coutinho added a second when he picked up the ball from Mane, cut inside Baggies defender Gareth McAuley and shot into the bottom corner.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 23, 2016
McAuley smashed in a late goal from point blank range after the hosts failed to clear a corner. But it was all too late.
Spurs and Arsenal are frustrated in goalless draws
How difficult it is to beat anyone in the Premiership as Arsenal and Tottenham found out.
Arsene Wenger was celebrating his 67th birthday but a victory was too much, the Gunners dominating possession but underwhelming in the final third.
Meanwhile Tottenham were also held to a goalless draw at Bournemouth.
Mercurial keeper Artur Boruc kept out Dele Alli and Danny Rose, while Bournemouth substitute Benik Afobe headed just over late on.
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