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You Have Not Been Missed Mourinho

Manchester United have been on the up since sacking manager José Mourinho. Today they continued their winning run to edge even closer to the top five.

Pogba has been flourishing under Solskjaer. He scored the first two goals against Bournemouth in the 5th and 33rd minute.

Rashford netted United’s third goal near the end of the first half. Although, just before the half time whistle was blown, Aké got a goal back for Bournemouth.

In the second half, within two minutes of Lukaku being subbed into the game he scored the final goal for United. The Reds are now only three points below Arsenal on the Premier League table.

Chelsea, however, are five points above the Gunners after defeating Crystal Palace 1-0. Kanté, assisted by David Luiz, netted the winning goal in the 51st minute.

Manchester City had similar success, recovering from their last two defeats to beat Southampton 3-1. Silva gave City the lead in the 10th minute, but Southampton were still in the game.

Højbjerg equalised for the Saints in the 37th minute. However, a strike from Sterling that bounced off the Southampton goalkeeper and a good kick from Aguero meant that City claimed their second and third goal before half time.

City have now returned to second place on the table, overtaking Tottenham in the race for the title. It is clear that every position on the table is still up for grabs.

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Liverpool Race Ahead

After some shocking defeats, Liverpool have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points. At this point, it is their title to lose.

Liverpool defeated Watford 2-0 to reach 48 points on the PL table. Salah and van Dijk were the two goal scorers, netting goals in the 18th and 68th minute respectively.

Manchester City missed their opportunity to close the gap back to a single point after they lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace! Palace came from behind to net two goals within three minutes in the 33rd and 35th minute.

Palace were later awarded a penalty, which was successfully converted by Milivojevic. This meant that even De Bruyne’s late goal for City could not change their fate.

Chelsea also had a rough day after losing 1-0 to Leicester City. Vardy netted the winning goal for Leicester in the 51st minute in spite of how dominant the Blues had been throughout the match.

This allowed Arsenal, who defeated Burnley 3-1, to catch up on points. Aubameyang scored two of the goals for the Gunners and Iwobi netted the last. The only thing keeping the Blues above Arsenal and in the top four is their goal difference.

Manchester United might be in sixth place but they sure are making progress. They played their first match since Mourinho was sacked this weekend and the result was spectacular. In insult to Mourinho, they defeated Cardiff City 5-1. Rashford, Herrera, Martial and Lingard (2) were all involved in the goals.

It is coming to the end of the year and it is clear that for some clubs this Premier League season is heading in a new direction.

José Mourinho Sacked

The former Manchester United manager was not even given until Christmas before he was shown the door.

It looks as if United’s 3-1 defeat against rivals, Liverpool was the final straw.

The team are sitting at sixth place on the Premier League table, 19 points behind first-place Liverpool.

This has been United’s worst start to a Premier League season in 28 years!

Chelsea were just one point away from the relegation zone when they sacked Mourinho as manager in 2015.

With United being closer to 20th- place Fulham (with a 17 point gap) than top-place Liverpool, it seemed about time that the Special One made his exit.

Is Top Four Out of Reach for Manchester Unied

Liverpool defeated Manchester United 3-1 to go to the top of the Premier League table once again. However, this pushed United even further away from a Champions League position.

Mané gave Liverpool the lead in the 24th minute. Lingard managed to equalise for United in the 33rd, but this did not last long.

Klopp’s team overwhelmed Mourinho’s with their intensity and momentum. In the second half, Shaqiri netted two goals to secure a win for the Reds!

United are still eight points below Arsenal, who woefully lost 3-2 against Southampton. Every time Southampton scored, Mkhitaryan scored an equaliser, but he could not do the same for the last goal.

United are also now 11 points below fourth-place Chelsea, who defeated Brighton 2-1 with goals from Hazard and Pedro.

Only a game separates United from 11th place Bournemouth. Right now, they have a greater chance of finishing in the bottom half of the table than finishing in the top four.

Manchester is Blue, and so is London

Both Arsenal and Chelsea drew their weekend matches, making Sunday a glum day for Londoners. It was also a grilling day in Manchester, where City and United went head-to-head in a derby duel.

Chelsea drew 0-0 against Everton, despite the Blues having 15 shots at goal. Arsenal were then lucky to come back from being 1-0 down against Wolves to draw 1-1. Mkhitaryan scored the equaliser in the 86th minute.

This made it a very dismal day in London but, on the bright side, both teams still have their unbeaten run intact.

Up in Manchester, City outclassed mourinho’s United in every way. Within 12 minutes, Silva gave them the lead. This lead was then doubled by Aguero in the 48th.

Despite Martial converting a penalty to get United back in the game, Gündogan netted the third goal for City before full time. There are now 12 points separating the two teams on the table. City might aswell be the only team in Manchester!

In other news, Liverpool are back to their winning ways after defeating Fulham 2-0. Salah and Shaqiri scored the two goals in the 41st and 53rd minute respectively.

Manchester City are back at the top of the PL table. They are on 32 points, two points above second place Liverpool, and have a tremendous goal difference of 31! It looks as if they might be occupying that position for a while.

The Top English teams perform well in their Champions League fixtures apart from Liverpool

After playing against Arsenal and gaining points from them, many teams tend to go on to lose their following few matches. This was the case with Liverpool, who drew an intense game against the Gunners last weekend. While other Premier League teams got a good result in their European matches, Liverpool failed to.

Liverpool Lost 2-0 to Red Star Belgrade. Pavkov scored two goals in the 22nd and 29th minute to secure a win for the team currently at the bottom of group C. Due to this defeat, Liverpool are joint on six points with the group leaders, Napoli, but only two points away from the bottom of the table. Their entrance into the next round is far from confirmed.

This is also true for Tottenham who are only have a slight possibility of make it to the knockout stages. In just the second minute of their match, Spurs were 1-0 down against PSV Eindhoven. If this was the end result, Tottenham would have been out of the Champions League. Luckily, Kane managed to score two late goals, rescuing their Champions League chances.

A similar miraculous turnaround was made by Manchester United. Juventus were strong opposition and took the lead against United when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a goal in the 65th minute. Mata, however, managed to equalise for United in the 86th minute and, just three minutes later, Lobo Silva netted an own goal to give Mourinho’s team the victory.

Although that was shocking, Manchester City found a way to overshadow United’s success. They thrashed Shakhtar 6-0 in what was their biggest Champions League win yet. Gabriel Jesus got a hat trick, converting two penalties and scoring an extra time goal. Unsurprisingly, City are topping group F and are very likely to make it to the next stage.

The Premier League giants are showing much more resolve and resilience in Europe this season. Liverpool have not been quite as strong as their fellow English clubs, with Manchester City appearing to be far beyond their level. The Reds looked appeared to have a strong team at the beginning of the season, but time seems to be exposing some wear and tear.

Surprise

Many teams have begun to put on great performances. This Saturday has been full of some shocking turnarounds and high intensity matches.

Man United begun their game against Bournemouth on the back foot. In the 11th minute, they were already 1-0 down.

This might have provided further evidence to some spectators that Mourinho is not the best manager for United.

However, they came from behind to eventually win the game 2-1. Martial was the one who netted the equaliser and Rashford bagged the winner in extra time!

Other red teams also showed the same resolve. Arsenal had to face the current PL table leaders, Liverpool and managed to put on a stunning performance.

The Gunners were largely on the offense, making Liverpool look like a weaker team. However, despite their efforts, Milner gave Liverpool the lead in the 61st minute.

After such a setback, Lacazette still managed to equalise for the Gunners before the end of the match. This Arsenal, under the management of Unai Emery, is clearly a much stonger, new and improved Arsenal.

Tottenham won their match against Wolves 3-2, despite conceding two penalties. They have no one but themselves to thank and blame for the result.

Chelsea and Manchester City are yet to play. This time tommorow, there could be a new table leader.

And it continues

Most teams seem to have a trend that they have set for themselves and can not break. The results of the Champions League and Europa League matches proves this.

Manchester City continue being the pride of Manchester after they defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0. They are currently topping group F and, with the spectacular football they are playing, it does not look like they will be moving from that position.

Mourinho, on the other hand, is still struggling to keep United afloat. His team lost 0-1 to Juventus after conceding a goal to Dybala. Perhaps the worse thing about it all was that it was Ronaldo, a former United legend, who assisted the goal.

Tottenham also failed to win their Champions League match, drawing 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven. Spurs are 3rd in group B and only have 1 point. It is extremely unlikely that they will progress into the knockout stages.

Instead, they will end up in Europa League, a competition in which the London clubs are excelling in. Having won their Premier League match against Leicester (3-1) to enter into the top four, Arsenal continued their winning spree.

The Gunners remain top of group E after defeating Sporting 1-0, with a goal from Welbeck in the 77th minute. They have now won 11 games in a row in all competitons.

Chelsea are also topping their group, and very comfortably at that. A hattrick from Loftus-Cheek secured their win against BATE Borisov.

Generally, the teams doing well can not stop performing well; but those performing poorly seem stuck in a rut. Mourinho, without a doubt, is now a very frustrated manager.

Barkley Back at it Again

Mourinho’s Manchester United failed to win a brutal battle against Chelsea. This was all down to Barkley, a player that has been key in the Blues’ recent matches. Mourinho, of course, was not impressed.

Rüdiger gave Chelsea the lead against United in the 21st minute, and the Blues carried this lead into second half. With the dominance the home team had shown during the first half, many thought that they would wrap up their victory in the second half.

This was not the case. United actually came from behind to take the lead after Martial scored the equaliser in the 55th minute and followed it up with another goal in the 73rd. Mourinho was overjoyed, but he did not celebrate too much in order to show respect to the fans of his former team, Chelsea.

However, when Barkley scored the equalising goal for the Blues in the final minute of extra time, the fans were over the moon and did not hesitate to show it. In fact, the over exaggerated celebration of one of the Chelsea staff members caused Mourinho to react furiously and engage in a heated confrontation.

It is never easy when top teams face each other. Everyone gets very emotional. Although, all is excused because that is the spirit of football!

The Struggle is Real

Once again, we have English teams that are struggling to compete in the Champions League. Apart from Manchester City, no other Premier League team managed to win their match.

Manchester City came from behind to defeat Hoffenheim 2-1. Belfodil gave City’s opponents the lead in the very first minute of the match!

However, the shock was dealt with well by Aguero who equalised for City in the 7th minute. Silva eventually managed to net the winner in the 87th.

Unfortunately, Manchester United failed to do the same. They ended their game against Valencia with a goalless draw. United are still in the top two of group H, but such a result has served to increase the pressure on manager Mourinho.

Liverpool almost managed to maintain a draw against Napoli, until they conceded a very late goal. Insigne netted a goal for Napoli in the 90th minute, allowing Liverpool’s opponents to steal all three points from the game!

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona crushed Tottenham 4-2. Coutinho gave Barcelona the lead in only the second minute of the match. Despite goals from Kane and Lamela, the famous Messi was still netting goals for Barcelona up until the 90th minute.

Spurs still have no points, and it is looking unlikely that they will progress to the next stage of the Champions League. If this becomes the case, they will be joining Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa League.

This might not be such a bad thing. Both the Gunners and the Blues have been performing well and are topping their groups. Chelsea defeated MOL Vidi 1-0 with a goal from Morata in the 70th minute; and Arsenal, using mostly academy players, defeated Qarabag 3-1! Incredible!

Perhaps the Chanpions League is just too big a test for the Premier League teams. The Europa League, however, is definitely not.