As referee Mike Dean blew his final whistle on Saturday night, Old Trafford erupted with rapturous wave of cheers and whistles. Manchester United had just humbled last year champions Leicester City 4-1.
Daley Blind for Manchester United yesterday: 2 assists 3 key passes 8 crosses 85.3% pass accuracy 4 tackles 5 clearances pic.twitter.com/Br1eSVpxhy
A devastating 20 minute spell in the first half saw United score 4 unanswered goals with goals coming from stand-in captain Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford (yes, he scored yet again) and record signing Paul Pogba.
In truth the game was won in the first half with the second half a mere formality of being professional for United.
After the game, fans were quick to praise the team’s performance on social media with Blind, Pogba and Herrera in particular receiving special praise.
Daley Blind emptying his pockets when he gets home:
While Pogba and Herrera were both exceptional, it was the performance of Blind that drew most plaudits. The Dutchman filling in for the injured Luke Shaw came up against reigning PFA’s Player of the year Riyad Mahrez and he made sure the Algerian was ‘Blinded’, keeping the winger quiet for the entire duration of the match.
Blind also weaved his magic offensively as the Red Devils converted 3 goals from the 5 corners he took. Take a look at some of the best tweets after the game below!
Arsenal beat Chelsea comprehensively at the Emirates last night, owing to a dominant first half performance that saw the Gooners taking a 3-goal lead. And one of the players of the match for the Gunners was German midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has always belonged to a rare breed of German players- flamboyant and always looking to pull a trick unlike the usual technically disciplined batch.
The man has it all in his arsenal (pun intended) and he showed glimpses of his flair in the match, even pulling off a ridiculous no-look pass to fool his marker while trying to dribble past him.
The moment of flair from Ozil could aptly summarize the match itself, check it out below!
Danny Ings is yet fully to kick-start Liverpool his career after being hampered by injuries throughout last season. He however managed to make an early return from injury, featuring in Liverpool’s pre-season tour.
And the confidence seems to be returning as Ings was caught on camera scoring a cheeky little goal in Liverpool training pre Hull game.
The Englishman coolly juggled the ball before back heeling it into the net, all this while the goalkeeper watched helplessly from the ground.
Leeds United will look to make it four wins in a row for the first time in more than six years, when they take on Ipswich Town in the Championship on Saturday.
Leeds won the EFL Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers in the week with Garry Monk making plenty of changes including goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, who replaced Rob Green from the starting lineup.
The Italian’s career at Elland Road was thought to be over, when he was exiled to train with the U21s in the pre-season. However, he was put back in the fold by coach Garry Monk and he seems to have justified the decision with a superb save in the match.
The goalkeeper was on fire in training as well as the Italian pulled off an outrageous close range double save in training. The first one was routine, but the second one, when he saved a fiercely hit shot with his feet, surely speaks of his confidence.
Great from Silvestri, not sure same could be said about Chris Wood though. Check out the saves below!
Voted second best goalkeeper in the league last season by Bundesliga players, Lorius Karius gave a solid performance overall and kept a clean sheet on his Liverpool debut against Derby County in the EFL Cup this week.
The German shot-stopper was seen at aggressive starting positions to supplement Liverpool’s attack and was also quick off the line, evident in his tackle on the onrushing Darren Bent just before half-time.
And Jurgen Klopp has rewarded the youngster for his display with the starting berth against Hull this weekend, thus relegating their long-standing keeper Simon Mignolet to the bench in the process.
Ruthless from the German gaffer at the helm as the Belgian isn’t exactly out of form and haven’t made any errors unlike last season. But it seems the new goalkeeper is more suited to Liverpool’s style of play and Klopp looks not the one to hesitate to make a tough decision.
Check out the reaction from the fans below!
Klopp's dropping of Mignolet is not only ruthless, but the right decision, even if Karius makes a howler, or two. He's our long term No1.
Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger’s appointment as Arsenal manager. The Frenchman, who was virtually unknown when taking charge at Highbury on September 22, 1996, has since gone about to firmly cement Arsenal’s position as one of the top clubs in England and Europe.
The infographic above depicts Arsenal’s final league position in the 20 years Wenger has been in charge. In the two decades he has managed, Arsenal have never finished lower than 4th in the league.
In recent years, Wenger has often been ridiculed for his insistence on playing beautiful football at the expense of results and his reluctance to delve big in the transfer market. Such stubbornness on part of the Frenchman may have contributed to Arsenal’s decade long wait for a Premier League title.
But while questions have been raised of him, his incredible 20 years of loyal service to Arsenal may never be replicated again in football (bar Sir Alex Ferguson time at Manchester United).
Also check out the top 100 goals by Arsenal under Arsene Wenger below. Video compiled by Culaan Davies!
West Ham United overcame Accrington Stanley 1-0 to progress into the fourth round of the EFL cup on Wednesday.
Despite the win, it was a poor showing from the Premier League side who have struggled to get their season up and running. Star man Dimitri Payet was once again the hero for his side scoring a stupendous freekick with virtually the last kick of the match.
Accrington Stanley had stood firm for most of the match, at times pressing the issue but in the end Payet’s moment of brilliance proved the difference.
While the free-kick in itself was a beauty, what followed was something you don’t often see in modern football, as Accrington’s Matthew Pearson applauded the goal that had just eliminated them from the League Cup.
Check out the moment in the video below, it comes at the 0:54 second mark!