IT was a weekend the place some acquainted faces returned to the Premier League.
There was David Moyes taking cost of his 500th Premier League sport as the brand new boss of West Ham (and shedding), there was Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench towards for United.
After which there was this man too…
PAUL THE OTHER ONE
Final week we laid into Manchester United and Jose Mourinho for taking part in the form of soccer that makes The X-Issue look positively thrilling.
For his half, Mourinho had his excuses, lamenting the absence of Paul Pogba in his midfield, though he by no means, repeat NEVER, talks about accidents, not like all the opposite coaches.
However the Frenchman returned on Saturday and boy did he make a distinction.
Regardless of going a aim all the way down to Newcastle, Pog turned the sport on its head, bagging two assists and a aim as United ran out Four-1 winners – the seventh time they’ve scored 4 objectives this season.
United actually do look a unique group with him of their ranks.
SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT
A humorous factor occurred on the North London derby on Saturday.
As Arsenal cantered to a formidable win over rivals Spurs, the Emirates seemed like an actual soccer stadium for as soon as.
Sure, that’s proper. There was truly an environment.
And what occurred? Effectively, buoyed on by their followers (and the actual fact it was Spurs they had been taking part in) the Gunners performed the most effective soccer they’ve in a while. Even Mesut Ozil put in a shift.
Humorous what a little bit help can do, isn’t it?
Considerably extremely, Sean Dyche remains to be supervisor of Burnley – he’s most likely ready for Zidane to jack it in on the Bernabeu – and the group proceed to baffle and bewilder commentators, pundits and followers alike.
One other win on Saturday towards Swansea – their third on the spin – and so they now sit in seventh place, 4 factors forward of Watford and stage on factors with Arsenal and Liverpool.
Above them are the Massive Six and that’s it.
And their secret? It needs to be the defence.
Sure, they’ve misplaced Michael Keane and Kieran Trippier lately and England keeper Tom Heaton is a long-term casualty however it’s made little or no distinction. Solely the highest two have higher defensive information than the Clarets.
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In actual fact, they’ve saved six clear sheets within the league to this point and solely conceded multiple aim on two events all season (towards Manchester Metropolis and versus Chelsea on the opening day).
With a good wind and a little bit little bit of luck they might even crack the highest 4 this season. Think about that.
No, I can’t both.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain price greater than Mohamed Salah.
Simply leaving it on the market.
Why do referees by no means give huge choices early on in video games?
The Leicester v Manchester Metropolis sport wasn’t even two minutes previous when Vincent Kompany cleaned out Jamie Vardy because the England striker raced by on aim.
It was about as clear a pink card as you’re more likely to see however the Belgian skipper escaped with a yellow from referee Graham Scott and Pep Guardiola’s males went on to win comfortably.
However it wasn’t only a case of the referee bottling it. It was a basic huge membership choice and also you simply know that if it had been Wes Morgan hacking down Gabriel Jesus, he would have walked.
ONLY THE TONY
One other sport and one other defeat for West Brom.
The Baggies at the moment are and not using a win within the league since August 19th and staring the Championship within the face.
So what do they do now? Effectively, sack Tony Pulis… which they’ve carried out this morning.
Effectively, they want a no-nonsense supervisor who can are available in and shore up the defence, a coach that specialises in saving relegation-threatened golf equipment and steer the ship to calmer waters.
In brief, they want the person they’ve simply gotten rid of.
Nonetheless, there might be some comfort for Pulis, his file of by no means taking a group down will nonetheless be intact.
Each cloud and all that.
If I had been a playing man I’d have a little bit flutter on Crystal Palace beating the drop.
I do know they’re nonetheless backside of the desk, 5 factors adrift of security, and I do know just one membership within the historical past of the Premier League with 5 factors or fewer at this stage of the season has survived.
However I believe their luck is about to vary.
Simply take a look at their subsequent 5 fixtures: Stoke, Brighton, West Brom, Bournemouth and Watford. Three wins from these – which must be effectively inside their capabilities – and it’s a completely completely different story.
However I’m not a playing man. Effectively, not a lot.
WE ALL STAND TOGETHER
Lastly, I had an e mail from Brighton and Hove Albion this week, asking all Seagulls followers to indicate mutual respect to their fellow followers by fist bumping their Stoke counterparts at tonight’s sport on the Amex.
Surprisingly, they’ve not requested they do the identical at subsequent week’s sport towards Crystal Palace.