Manchester United are a shadow of their former selves
The pressure is building on David Moyes. Going into this weekend’s Manchester derby, United had made an unconvincing start to the season, by their own standards, taking only seven points from four games. United fans were hoping this week the team would show the form that they are used to seeing from the Champions, but they were disappointed.
A dismal defending display against an impressive City side who were allowed to run riot. An aggressive attacking display from City put the home side 4-0 up within 50 minutes with United only finding a consolation late on with an impressive Rooney free-kick.
Spurs and Arsenal both go marching on
Things are looking rosey in North London; both sides won on Sunday to make it 12 points from a possible 15. Arsenal scored from three set pieces to take the points at home against Stoke while Spurs left it till the last minute away against Cardiff where Paulinho showed some Brazillian magic to backheel in the winner. Could the Barclays Premier League be making it’s way back down South this season?
Di Canio is gone
Paolo Di Canio is many things, but predictable is not one of them. After his side’s 3-0 defeat away at West Brom, Di Canio walked onto the pitch to confront the angry away support. The loss meant that after five games the Black Cats have just one point from the first five games. By the end of Sunday night Sunderland and Di Canio had parted company. After spending £19m in the summer and building a squad it seemed that the Italian was in it for the long run, obviously this wasn’t to be the case.
Leighton Baines is world class
With Liverpool’s loss at home to Southampton, Everton are the only team in the Premier League to remain unbeaten. A large part of maintaining this record has been the performances of Leighton Baines who curled in two superb free-kicks against West Ham to take all three points away from Upton Park. If Baines can keep up the form of this weekend Ashley Cole will be hard pressed to keep his place at left-back in the English team this summer.
Form is temporary
So far this season, the standout strikers have been Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie. This weekend was a poor weekend for all three. Sturridge failed to find the net for the first time this season, Benteke was taken off with an injury after half an hour and Robin Van Persie was too injured to make the matchday squad.