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Devastation and Delight

The Premier League giants played their fourth game of the season this Saturday, with Manchester City and Liverpool actually having to face off against each other. The results of these matches could not have all been forseen.

Liverpool, who had just signed Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, were battered by Manchester City 5-0. They had conceded two goals in the first half and by the second, when the ex-Arsenal player was put on the pitch, they conceded another three! What a horrendous debut!

Arsenal and Chelsea both won their matches against Bournemouth and Leicester City respectively. After having lost their previous cious match 4-0 to Liverpool, the Gunners begun to repair their reputation with a 3-0 victory. The blue London giants only had to enhance their image with a 2-1 win, with the only goal they conceded being a penalty.

Although London was joyous, the same can not be said for Manchester. City had obtained an amazing win, however, Man United only managed a mere 2-2 draw with Stoke City. Although the team is still in the top two with Manchester City, it won’t be long before other teams put pressure on them. In fact, the Blues, who are now in third place, have already begun to do so.

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It’s Unpredictable 

At the start of every season, there are always a few unexpected, shocking or worrying results. Whilst some teams triumpthed in their first match, it was shocking to see that the current Premier League Champions suffered the worst fate of all.

Chelsea’s first match of the season was against Burnley and, devastatingly, they were down by 3-0 at half time after Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute. This was not what anyone expected to see from the Premier League giants.

Luckily, Morata- the new Chelsea signing- netted a goal for the Blues in the second half, inspiring hope in the team. However, Fàbregas, another Chelsea player, was sent off in the 81st minute. The Champions were down to nine men!

Despite this, David Luiz scored another goal for the Blues but a loss was still scribbled into their fate. Although Conte’s team suffered failure, their ability to score goals when at a disadvantage should open fans up to the great prospects of this season!

It was also a dismal start for Liverpool who drew 3-3 with Watford. At least they managed to secure one point from the game, which is more than can be said for others.

The strongest results actually came from the two Manchester clubs, with Manchester City defeating the newly promoted Brighton 2-0 and Manchester United crushing West Ham 4-0. Whether this is reflective of what’s to come, no one can yet tell.

An unpredictable start to the season can only suggest an unpredictable season with, perhaps, an unpredictable champion. We will all be watching and enjoying the ride!

Manchester United are Europa League Champions

Manchester United’s experienced team defeated Ajax’s juniors to win the Europa League and, ultimately, qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds defeated their opposition 2-0, the goal scorers being Pogba (18′) and Mkhitaryan (48′). Although Mourinho was too skeptical to celebrate the first goal, he definitely raised his hopes of lifting the cup by the time the second goal was netted.

Manchester United might have finished 6th on the Premier League table, but all that is now irrelevant. They will be joining the top four Premier League finishers in the Champions League next season, and that is what they’ll truly be celebrating.

Arsenal now remains the only top English Club to not be participating in the Champions League next season. How times have changed! Nevertheless, we wish all the English clubs the best next year.

Who knows, just like United, the Gunners could gain success outside of the Premier League. The FA Cup Final will be played this weekend, and the only thing we know for sure is that one London club will be walking away with a trophy!

All in all, congratulations Manchester United!

Bouncing Blues

Last season was a disaster for Chelsea, but they’ve bounced back better than ever. They hit top of the table the week before last and they are still there now. Here’s why…

Thanks to Diego Costa, Chelsea defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 to achieve their sixth straight win in a row without conceding. This took them to first position on the Premier League table, 9 spots higher than where they finished last year. 

They then maintained this lead after defeating Tottenham 2-1 at a Derby game at Stamford Bridge. Although they broke their streak of not conceding, they managed to win three points. That’s the important thing.

Good fortune has befallen the Blues since they’ve been under the management of Conte. The sorrowful fate they suffered under Mourinho is perhaps now being endured by his new team, Manchester United.

Manchester United defeated Feyenoord 4-0 to keep their Europa League hopes alive. However. They couldn’t produce the same result in their weekend Premier League match.

West Ham took the lead against United in the second minute, and the Reds only managed to net one goal to gain a single point from the game. Mourinho got so frustrated that he had to be sent to the stands in the second half of the match! Who knew things were so bad!

Mourinho is doing no better at United than at Chelsea. The Reds are currently sixth position on the Premier League table, 11 points behind the the leaders and eight points away from top four. The Premier League is definitely not theirs this season.

Fortunately, Manchester United was able to get their revenge on West Ham United by defeating them 3-1 in the EFL quarter- final. This is much more than what Arsenal were able to do, as The Gunners lost 0-2 against Southampton.

 But, to be fair, Arsenal were not playing their top 11, unlike United. Clearly they have their eyes firmly focused on the Premier League, the league which Manchester United can’t keep up with.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all won their Premier League matches and are chasing down Chelsea’s top spot. Liverpool also defeated Leeds 2-0 in the English Football League!

It’s dog eat dog. All is still to play for and the race for the PL Cup, or any cup for that matter, is no where near over!

GOOD TO BAD AND VICE VERSA

Manchester City began the week on a high after defeating Barcelona 3-1! However, by this weekend they had been brought down a notch. Luckily, the opposite was true for Manchester United.

Messi gave Barcelona the lead against Manchester City in the 21st minute. However, three goals from Gundogan (39′, 74′) and De Bruyne (51) silenced the team known as the best in the world!

Perhaps it was the energy needed to secure this win that caused City to underperform in their match against Middlesbrough. Although Aguero managed to net a goal for his team in the 43rd minute, de Roon scored the equaliser for the opposition in extra time. By this point, it was too late to make amends.

Manchester United did the reverse of what Manchester City did. The Reds lost their Europa League match against Fenerbahce 2-1. They began losing from the second minute of the match, and Rooney’s late goal in the 89th minute couldn’t save them from defeat.

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Fortunately, United had a better fate this weekend. They defeated Swansea City by only conceding one goal and by netting three. That’s more like it!

Manchester City are one win away from securing their entry into the next round of the Champions League. However, they are down to third place on the Premier League table.

Manchester United still have a chance to reach the next stage of the Europa League, however, they are going to have to perform a lot better in order to do so. Despite this, they seem to be on the up as they are now sixth place on the Premier League table.

Nothing is ever clear cut in football. As more games are played, the clearer things will become. Soon it will be evident which teams are strong and which ones are not.

 

 

 

Not So Mighty Manchester

Manchester City, the team that is currently leading the title race, surprisingly couldn’t display their strength to Everton. They were shamefully held to a 1-1 draw.

No goals were scored during the first half of the match. Manchester City was awarded a penalty, however, it was saved by the Everton goalkeeper.

In the second half, the Toffees used this added confidence to take the lead in the 64th minute. However, it didn’t last long as City equalised in the 72nd.

City could have won the match, for they were given another penalty in the second half. But, yet again, it was saved by Maarten Stekelenburg! What a goalkeeper! Magnificent!

The Toffees clearly got a bit too sticky for Manchester City, who just couldn’t get a win from them. This has meant that City have allowed Arsenal to catch up to them on the PL table. Now, there’s work to be done.

Two In One Out

Both Manchester City and Manchester United won their Football League matches to continue their chase for a trophy. However, despite these successes, only one club will be able to continue to excel.

Manchester City defeated their opponent, Swansea, 2-1. Clichy netted the first goal for City in the 49th minute and Garcia Serrano scored the second. The only moment in which Swansea earned recognition was in extra time when Sigurdsson netted a consolation goal.

It didn’t take much for City to grab the win they needed. Sometimes, there is just no competition!

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Manchester United had a greater win, with a scoreline of 3-1, however, they did appear to struggle a little more. Carrick netted the first goal against Northampton Town in the 17th minute. Sadly, a penalty awarded to the opposition a few minutes before half time meant that the game was level at the start of the second half.

Luckily enough, United were able to gather the strength to score two more winning goals! One was scored by Herrera (68′) and the other by Rashford (75′). If United are able to take the lead twice in one game, then who knows what else they could do…

The good news is that both Manchester Teams will feature in the fourth round of the League Cup. Hooray! However, the bad news is that in this round the two teams will be facing one another! Oh no! Now only one of them will be able to make it to the quarter finals.

There is only one question that remains: will it be City or United that proves to be the better, bolder and most brutal Manchester club of all?

 

The Delighted and The Devestated

A Manchester derby can never end quietly. Two teams with new managers made a racket out of their weekend match and one club came out the loudest.

Manchester City took an early lead against United when De Bruyne netted a goal in the 15th minute. Then, just over 15 minutes later, Iheanacho doubled the scoreline! The absence of Aguero clearly failed to hinder City’s outstanding performance!

Although City were quick to make a name for themselves at Old Trafford, the Reds did not go unannounced. Ibrahimovic netted a goal for United in the 42nd minute. Sadly, no other goals followed.

So, in order to make some more noise, Mourinho lambasted his players after the match and condemned the referee for not sending off the City goalkeeper and awarding his team the penalty he thought they deserved. We can’t always get what we want in life. This applies to football too, Mourinho.

The Derby ended with the Blues beaming and the Reds rusting. Manchester City may have been speechless over their rewarding victor; however, Manchester United have been silenced.

Manchester Marvel

Both Manchester clubs have been victorious in their Premier League games this week. On Friday Manchester United defeated Southampton 2-0 and today Stoke was defeated by Manchester City 1-4.

Both of United’s goals were scored by Ibrahimovic. The first came in the 36th minute. The second came from a penalty in the 52nd. It was Ibrahimovic’s home debut and he took no time to make Old Trafford his own.

Penalties and double scoring were also featured in Manchester City’s game. Aguero converted a penalty in the 27th minute to give City the lead and he secured this with a goal in the 36th.


Although Stoke City did gain a penalty, which was converted into a goal by Krkic in the 49th minute, two goals from Nolito in the last few minutes of the game secured an amazing victory for Man City!

Both Manchester teams have played two games, have won both games and have a goal difference of (+)4. Maybe having new managers has given them a fresh perspective!

Melancholic Manchester

The month of March was of minimal triumph for both Manchester teams. There has been defeats, multiple draws, but also a win from one Manchester side over the other!

On March 10th, Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the Europa League with a 2-0 defeat. It was only the notable work of David de Gea that prevented United from facing further humiliation.

The weekend of that week, both Manchester teams drew. City had a goalless Premier League draw against Nowrich; whereas, United ventured a little further with a 1-1 draw agaist West Ham, earning themselves an FA Cup replay. One can only hope that they produce a valuable result next time around.

Manchester City walked through another goalless draw on March 15th, however this one was in fact worth every goal (zero in total). Due to their previous 3-1 defeat over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the Champions League, a draw in the second leg meant that the final result was 3-1 on aggregate. This secured a place for City in the Champions League quater finals! Small kicks from the players; big leaps for the team!

Two days later, Manchester United gained another 1-1 result, but against their rival, Liverpool. The Manchester teams have been, undeniably, following their own and each other’s footsteps! This meant that the result on aggregate for the Europa League was 3-1. The only difference was that United were on the losing side of this scoreline, unlike Manchester City, which, therefore, ended their run in Europe. Well, there’s always next year.

The only thing that helped to console United, was their triumph over their greatest rival, Manchester City! The weekend derby saw only one goal, which came from United’s Rashford in the 16th minute! A single goal was all that was needed to silence a Manchester City that was suffering from a case of Goal Drought. We hope for a recover soon.

And they have. Manchester City have won all their four games so far this April. They’ve won 4-0 against Bournemouth and 2-1 against West Brom to keep them glued to 4th place on the Premier League table, with Manchester United sitting below them with four points less. City have also been the only English team to make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League after drawing 2-2 against Paris St Germain and then defeating them 1-0 in the second leg at home. Impressive!

However, the same cannot be said for United. I must admit they have managed to win two games so far this month: 1-0 against Everton and 2-1 against West Ham. Nevertheless, they can’t maintain a streak of wins. Between these two matches, United lost 3-0 to Tottenham! I’m sure they could have done much better than that.

Manchester City won’t be winning the Premier League trophy this year, however, they’ve gone the furthest they have ever gone in the Champions League. This could be their year! United, on the other hand, only seem to be settling for a Europe League position. Maybe next year they’ll show us signs of their former selves again.