Most expected the Blades to be quickly cut down to size, once the Premier League campaign got underway, but they have shown the same dogged resistance that got them promoted in the first place. Defensively they remain a tough nut to crack and still carry a goal threat, as hapless Everton discovered, at Goodison Park, last weekend. Sheffield United face one of their most difficult opponents next – can the Yorkshire team also upset the red half of Merseyside, on Saturday? John Newsome runs the rule over all the action in game-week 7. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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SHEFFIELD UNITED v LIVERPOOL
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports.
One thing is for certain, the Blades are giving it a go in their return to the Premier League.
Most wouldn’t have given them a hope going to Goodison Park last Saturday but Chris Wilder’s boys beat the Toffees 2-0.
What was fondly dubbed the ‘Phil Jagielka Derby’ Everton obliged in the emotion by giving Sheffield United a goal start with Big Yerry Mina turning the ball past Jordan Pickford to give United a half-time lead.
In truth, the Blades were just too quick, too good and too organised for Everton and in the 2nd-half Chris decided to give the 39,354 in attendance what they all had come to see and introduced Phil Jagielka to proceedings.
It could have been seen as a token gesture but Chris Wilder doesn’t manage on sentiment and Sheffield United were only leading 1-0 when Phil was introduced.
Chris will feel it was an inspired substitution when Lys Mousset put the game to bed with the Blades 2nd-goal to give the Blunts all 3-points.
Although Chris Wilder got the vital win it wasn’t obvious from his facial expression.
The Sheffield United manager and loyal Blades fan rarely shows any joy but inside must have been literally over the moon with the victory.
Big Chris now gets to pit his wits against the Red half of Merseyside and Premier League leaders in the early afternoon sun of Bramall Lane.
Liverpool remain unbeaten after a terrific victory on Sunday against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool won ugly so to speak, a brilliant professional gritty performance to get the 3-points and 6-victories in a row to stay 5-points ahead of Man City.
Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring for the Reds from a brilliant free-kick.
Liverpool’s man of the moment, Roberto Firmino headed the 2nd for Jurgen’s boys who held out for a 2-1 victory after N’Golo Kante had pulled a goal back for Chelsea.
Liverpool had their backs against the wall for long periods which is expected at Stamford Bridge and any Premier League title winners will have moments where they are up against it.
At the minute it’s Liverpool who are in the hot seat but whilst a lot are saying that the 5-point lead above Man City is now un-catchable there’s a long way to go yet and Liverpool will know that a couple of injuries here and there could change the direction of the Premier League title.
Especially if Virgil Van Dijk sustains an injury and misses games.
Sheffield United host Liverpool at Bramall Lane for the first time since August 2006 when the Blades were last in the Premier League.
The game is fondly remembered for the then Blades manager Neil Warnock remonstrating with the officials following an innocuous challenge by Chris Morgan on Steven Gerrard resulting in a penalty for Liverpool which Robbie Fowler converted to give Liverpool a share of the points.
It’s rumoured Neil referred to Stevie G as Tom Daley in the Press Conference afterwards.
It’s fair to say Big Neil wasn’t happy.
Bet 365 offer Sheffield United at 8/1, the Draw at 9/2 and Odds On 3/10 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 5/1 that Sadio Mane Scores First and 6/5 that Liverpool Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-3
BOURNEMOUTH v WEST HAM
Bournemouth host West Ham off the back of a great South Coast victory against Southampton last Friday Night.
Nathan Ake gave the Cherries an early lead at St Mary’s with Harry Wilson making it 2-0 going into the break.
Southampton pulled a goal back early in the 2nd-half to give the Saints brief hope of a comeback but the other Wilson, Callum put the game to bed 5-minutes after the 90, giving Eddie and the Cherries 3-vital points lifting them briefly up to the lofty heights of 4th-place in the not so infant Premier League table.
Arsenal and West Ham’s subsequent victories on the Sunday dropped Bournemouth down to 6th which is still a great return this early in the season.
West Ham comfortably beat relegation-threatened Manchester United at the London Stadium on Sunday getting the first goal just before the half-time break.
Andriy Yarmolenko found space on the penalty spot to tap past a helpless but very rich David De Gea.
In truth, the Bubbles never looked troubled against a troubled looking United who are just rubbish away from Old Trafford and not that cracking in their own stadium.
What United would give for a player the standard of Mark Noble who dictated the midfield controlling Matic, McTominay and Pereira.
There was talk of Declan Rice leaving the Hammers and heading for Manchester but DR Declan just needs to stay where he is for the time being and learn his trade from Mark.
If he does decide to head to Manchester, he’d be well advised to go to the Blue half.
The victory puts West Ham up to 5th in the table.
At the Vitality back in January, Callum Wilson and Josh King were the Cherries goal scorers to give Bournemouth a 2-0 victory.
Bet 365 offer Bournemouth at 7/5, the Draw at 5/2 and 9/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 9/2 that Callum Wilson Scores First and 13/10 that there are Over 3.
Home Win 3-2
ASTON VILLA v BURNLEY
Villa took the lead twice on Sunday at the Emirates but still came away empty-handed after eventually losing 3-2 against Arsenal.
John McGinn opened the scoring for Villa in the 1st-half getting his 2nd-goal against a North London club following his goal against Tottenham in the opening game of the season.
Wesley gave Villa the lead again after Arsenal had equalised John’s goal but Dean Smith’s boys couldn’t hold on and succumbed to 2-late goals.
The loss as left Aston Villa in the bottom three of the Premier League with just a win and a draw from their opening 6-games.
Burnley comfortably beat Norwich at Turf Moor last Saturday with 2-quick fire Chris Wood goals in the first 15-minutes taking the game away from the Canaries to give Sean Dyche’s Clarets 3-points.
Is it Donald Trump who coined the phrase ‘Fake News’?
Now it appears in the Premier League that there is a little bit of ‘Fake News’ surrounding the dreaded Europa League.
Last season it was obvious that Burnley’s Europa League adventure had an adverse effect on Burnley’s Premier League games.
Sean was adamant that the Europa League qualification process was not interfering with the poor start to the Premier League.
Now Wolves, who have gone one better than Burnley and qualified for the group stage of the Europa League are experiencing difficulties in the Premier League.
Like Sean, Nuno is denying that the Europa League adventure has nothing to do with their poor start to this season’s games.
Donald would definitely say ‘Fake News’ and both Sean and Nuno should come out and state that the Europa League is a distraction.
It would be better for all concerned and certainly would appease the fans.
A lot will argue that the Europa League doesn’t affect Arsenal or Manchester United.
The answer to that argument is Arsenal and Manchester United are experienced in competing in European Competitions year in, year out but teams like Burnley and Wolves are not.
They simply don’t have the resources to compete in Europe as well as the Premier League.
This fixture hasn’t been seen in the Premier League since the final game of the 2014/2015 season when a 1-0 victory for Burnley wasn’t enough to prevent them from being relegated to the Championship.
Danny Ings getting the solitary goal.
Aston Villa finished 4th from bottom avoiding relegation that particular year but then swapped places in the Championship the following season after finally finding life in the Premier League pretty tough going.
Bet 365 offer Aston Villa at 6/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 11/5 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/1 that Ashley Barnes Scores First and 10/1 that Burnley Win Both Halves.
Away Win 0-2
CHELSEA v BRIGHTON
Chelsea put up a decent display against Liverpool on Sunday at Stamford Bridge but ultimately came up short against the League leaders and European Champions.
VAR came into play in the 1st-half ruling out an early Chelsea goal because someone’s big toe was judged to be offside.
The brilliant N’Golo Kante scored a superb 2nd-half goal which VAR couldn’t chalk off but Liverpool held out despite a late onslaught from the Blues and Chelsea lost the game 2-1.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are in transition and it could be argued that results like the ones against Liverpool are expected.
Transition or not the Blues are a good side and with a player like N’Golo in their team will always be a match for anyone.
Watching N’Golo against Liverpool was like there were three N’Golo’s running around as the little Frenchman was everywhere and came up with a superb strike to almost give Chelsea some reward.
Whilst Chelsea won’t trouble Liverpool or Man City as title contenders they will go all out to finish in the Top Four which will be a tremendous achievement for Frank.
Brighton had to travel the long distance North to Newcastle in the late Saturday Afternoon kick-off and were rewarded with a point after a very entertaining 0-0 draw at St James Park.
Probably the best the Seagull faithful can take from the epic journey up North was they got a pint for less than a fiver on Tyneside but would have definitely needed interpreters to understand the accent.
This trip to Stamford Bridge will be a tough ask but won’t be too taxing on the tyre tread.
Chelsea comfortably beat relegation-threatened Brighton in this fixture last term.
The game was played at the beginning of April when the Seagulls weren’t sure of Premier League survival.
Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave the Blues the goals in a 3-0 victory over Chris Hughton’s
Bet 365 offer Chelsea at Odds On 2/5, the Draw at 7/2 and 7/1 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 3/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime and 7/5 Chelsea Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
CRYSTAL PALACE v NORWICH
Crystal Palace looked like they were heading for 3-points on Sunday when a Wolves own goal just after the break gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead going into injury time.
Unfortunately for Palace and their Ultras they couldn’t hold on and conceded a very late stoppage time equaliser to gift Wolves a point.
Roy’s Boys find themselves in 12-position in the not so infant Premier League on 8-points.
However, that doesn’t tell the full story as there are currently 6-teams with 8-points, it’s just that Palace are the bottom team of the 8-point club because they can’t score goals.
Roy Hodgson will know his deficiencies and will give his boys extra training in front of the goal.
Palace have only managed 4-goals in the 6-games so far and 1-of the goals was an own goal, Jordan Ayew has 2 and defender Patrick Van Aanholt the other so it’s clear to see where Crystal Palace are struggling.
In fact they are the lowest goal scorers along with Newcastle and Watford who have managed 4-themselves.
Put simply and a phrase often heard up North,
‘The need to get their shoiting booits on’
After the euphoria of beating Man City last time out smashing everyone’s Accas, Norwich were brought swiftly back down to earth with a defeat against Burnley on Saturday.
The Canaries were 2-0 down after just 15-minutes and although had chances throughout the remaining period, couldn’t get back in the game.
The victory against City will be remembered long into the season, however, Daniel Farke’s boys have lost 4 of their 6 Premier League games since returning to the big time and just need to be careful not to get drawn into a relegation battle.
It’s no good putting in a great performance against a team like City but ultimately, losing all the others.
What is becoming obvious from Norwich’s games is they are either winning or losing and have not been involved in a draw as yet.
Daniel has a philosophy and is sticking to it.
It’s 3-years since Norwich took on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park with the
Canaries on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.
Jason Puncheon getting the solitary goal.
Bet 365 offer Crystal Palace at slight Odds On 9/10, the Draw at 13/5 and 29/10 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/1 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime and 9/4 that Teemu Pukki Scores Anytime too.
Home Win 2-1
TOTTENHAM v SOUTHAMPTON
Tottenham are an enigma at the moment.
It’s difficult to understand just what is happening at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
One week they play like world-beaters and the next they play like Hartlepool.
After thumping Crystal Palace a couple of weeks back, Spurs have limped through a Champions League fixture away in Greece where they took a 2-goal lead and let slip that to come away with a 2-2 draw.
It’s the 2nd-game in the last 4 for Mauricio’s men that they have let slip a 2-goal lead to only manage a draw.
At the Emirates against Arsenal, Spurs took a 2-goal lead only to let the Gunners back into the game which finished 2-2.
The latest game away at the King Power, Harry Kane gave Tottenham the obligatory lead but once again the Lillywhites let slip the lead and conceded two 2nd-half goals.
Unfortunately for Spurs, this time the conceding of 2-goals after taking a lead resulted in them losing 2-1 against Leicester.
It can’t even be said that Tottenham are missing players.
They have a full complement fit and playing including Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen but just appear to be lacking a cutting edge to kill off games.
Maybe a game against a Southampton side as come just at the right time for Mauricio Pochettino and his boys.
After getting a great 1-0 victory away at Sheffield United, Southampton lost 3-1 against Bournemouth on Friday Night Football.
James Ward-Prowse got Southampton’s solitary goal in the 2nd-half when Bournemouth were leading 2-0 to give the Saints faithful a glimmer of hope of a comeback.
Unfortunately for Wreck-It Ralph’s men, Bournemouth scored a very late 3rd to put the game beyond Southampton.
This fixture last season was played at the beginning of December and took place at Wembley.
Tottenham beat Southampton 3-1 that day with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min the goal scorers for Spurs.
Charlie Austin got a very late consolation for Southampton.
Bet 365 offer Tottenham at Odds On 2/5, the Draw at 15/4 and 13/2 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 3/1 that Harry Kane Scores First and 11/10 that Tottenham Score in Both Halves.
Home Win 3-0
WOLVES v WATFORD
An early relegation battle between the two Ws.
Wolves are on a dreadful run of form at the moment but Nuno Espírito Santo says it’s nothing to do with the Europa League.
What does President Trump say? ‘Fake News’.
The Gold and Blacks have now lost 3 of their last 4-games in all, 2 in the Premier League and 1 in the dreaded Europa League.
Before this fixture against Watford, Wolves play Reading in the Carabao Cup so may get a victory but that’s not guaranteed although Reading are rubbish so Nuno will be hoping to progress in that particular competition.
Wolves and Watford are the only 2 of the 20 Premier League clubs not to record a victory in the league this season.
Nuno’s men did stop the rot away at Crystal Palace on Sunday getting a last-gasp equaliser to gain a valuable point.
Wolves did contribute at both ends conceding an own goal before Diogo Jota got a 95th-minute goal to prevent a 4-game losing streak.
Leander Dendoncker was the unfortunate Wolves player to gift Crystal Palace a goal just after the break scoring past his own ‘keeper Rui Patricio.
Watford were embarrassed by Man City in the FA Cup Final back in May losing 6-0 in the showpiece game.
It would only be natural for the Hornets to want revenge on Pep’s High Flying City at the earliest opportunity.
So under a new manager, full of confidence, coming back from 2-0 behind against Arsenal last week to get a great 2-2 draw, City should have been worried!
Not so, instead of conceding an embarrassing 6-goals, the Hornets decided to concede 8, yes 8 (eight!)
The older football fans will remember the vidi-printer which would literally write the word eight after the score.
Man City 8 (eight) Watford 0.
Just in case the number 8 was not clear enough.
Gillette Soccer Saturday is a great programme with Jeff Stelling and the boys.
Last Saturday, Troy Deeney was one of the said boys giving his views on the football.
What the Watford faithful would rather see is Big Troy out on the field not in the Sky Sports studio.
Granted Troy is injured at the minute but Watford need to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible or Elton John will definitely be singing sad songs.
8 (eight !) Nil!
Watford did get the better of Wolves at Molineux almost 12-months ago beating Nuno’s men 2-0.
Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra with the Hornets goals that day.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at slight Odds On 6/7, the Draw at 23/10 and 15/4 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/5 for there to be Under 2.
5 Goals and 8/1 for a 0-0 Scoreline.
EVERTON v MAN CITY
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Good luck Everton.
Marco Silva’s Swing-Ometer is slowly going over to the negative after losing 2-0 against newly-promoted Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Toffees faithful won’t put up with the performances Marco’s Men are dishing up at the moment for much longer.
Especially with the Red side of the City running riot at the top of the Premier League table.
From the 6-games Everton have played so far, 2-of the games have been against newly-promoted teams and the Toffees have lost both of them.
The 6-games have only yielded 7-points with 2-defeats in the last 2-games.
When a team are on a poor run and the fans are becoming restless, the last thing they would want is a visit from Pep’s High Flying City who smashed Marco’s previous club, Watford, last time out.
Marco’s lineup against Sheffield United included new signings Moise Kean and Fabian Delph, along with Richarlison, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
When Sheffield United gained the lead, Mr Silva could have been adjudged to have panicked and brought on Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosun and Alex Iwobi to try and get back in the game.
What do the Toffees faithful expect Marco to do, bring on defenders and a replacement goalkeeper?
Of course he was going to bring 3-attacking players on to try and get some goals.
It didn’t work this time but it was the right move.
Man City were surprisingly beaten by Norwich which was a real coupon buster.
Pep’s boys bounced back in style at the Etihad beating Watford 8 (eight) -0 taking out their frustration from the previous week’s disappointment against Norwich on a poor Hornet side who simply gave up after 20-minutes.
In reality, City could have scored 15.
The David of the Silva’s opened the scoring against Watford with just a minute on the clock.
17-minutes later, City were 5-0 up through a Sergio Aguero penalty, a Riyad Mahrez goal, the Bernardo of the Silva’s getting his 1st of a hat-trick and a Nicolas Otamendi goal.
After the break, Bernardo got his 2-others and Kevin De Bruyne, who was simply sublime throughout the game, rounded off the scoring, giving City a great 8 (eight)-0 victory.
With the injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, Fernandinho slipped seamlessly into the Centre-Back role at the side of Nicolas Otamendi and looked like he’d played in that position all of his career.
Despite the surprise defeat against Norwich, the punters shouldn’t write Pep’s boys off just yet.
City are 5-points behind Liverpool but at one point last season were 7-points behind the Reds and still overtook them to claim the Premier League title.
There’s a long way to go yet and City will be on the coattail of Liverpool throughout the season to try and retain their title.
At Goodison Park last season, this game was played in the cold of February and City ran out 2-0 winners.
The injured Aymeric Laporte opened the scoring for the Citizens who had to wait until the 97th-minute to get the 2nd when Gabriel Jesus put the game beyond the Toffees to give City all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer Everton at 8/1, the Draw at 9/2 and Odds On 3/10 for City to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and 6/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 0-4
LEICESTER v NEWCASTLE
Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Leicester bounced back from the defeat against Manchester United the previous week to beat Tottenham 2-1 in the early Saturday Afternoon kickoff.
Tottenham took the lead, then thought they had gone 2-0 in front but the dreaded VAR intervened and alleged that a Tottenham player was millimetres offside in the build-up to the goal.
The reprieve for the Foxes inspired them immediately and Ricardo Pereira equalised within minutes of the disallowed goal.
James Maddison, who is having a great season so far, got the Foxes winner in the 85th-minute to give Brendan’s men all 3-points and take Leicester to 3rd-in the Premier League table behind Pep and Jurgen ahead of Arsenal and West Ham on goal difference.
Brendan Rodgers is slowly assembling a great team together who work hard for each other and have a mixture of youth, by way of young Maddison and Harvey Barnes and experience, by way of Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy.
With Jamie up top Leicester will always be a threat.
Newcastle are on the TV again, making it their 5th live TV game from the 7-so far.
Newcastle remain just outside of the bottom three after a very drab 0-0 against Brighton in the late Saturday Afternoon game live on Sky.
The plus point for Steve Bruce and the Toon Army was the 2nd-coming of Andy Carroll who got a brief 9-minutes at the end of the game to mark his debut number 2 in a black and white jersey.
If Andy can remain injury-free, the Magpies have a real player and a real chance of moving away from the relegation zone.
The main word in that sentence is ‘if’.
Unfortunately, for Andy, he doesn’t play in a run of matches to get match fitness and ultimately usually breaks down at some point.
As shown in the 9-minute cameo against Brighton, Andy will cause problems and whilst it’s just route one, hit the ball up to Andy, it is effective and will cause opposing teams problems.
In April, when both teams were safe Ayoze Perez got the solitary goal at the King Power to give Newcastle a great 1-0 victory.
Who does Ayoze play for now?
That’s correct, Leicester!
Bet 365 offer Leicester at slight Odds On 1/2, the Draw at 14/5 and 13/2 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 11/4 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 13/10 that Leicester Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
MANCHESTER UNITED v ARSENAL
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports brings Game Week Seven to a close.
Manchester United have real problems.
How can a club the size and stature of United be in such a predicament?
Is it Ole’s fault?
Is it Ed Woodward’s fault?
No, the simple answer is its evolution.
In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Liverpool were the dominant force under the great leaders of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and the rest of the legendary Anfield boot room.
Sir Alex Ferguson came along and after a slow start to his reign at Old Trafford, slowly took control over Liverpool’s dominance and made Manchester United the club that have 20-League titles the most by any of the English teams.
Evolution brought an end to Bill Shankly whose anniversary of his death on the 29th of September 1981 is approaching and Bob Paisley who died on the 14th of February 1996.
Both legends of the game and both legends on Merseyside.
Evolution brought an end to Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford when the great man finally called time on his amazing managerial career.
Unfortunately for a generation of United fans, Sir Alex and his success is the only thing they know.
The older boys and girls, however, will remember the barren times in Manchester where United went 26-years without winning a title and even were relegated to the equivalent of the Championship back in 1974.
Yes, Manchester United played in the Championship known at the time as Division 2.
They did win Division 2 in 1975 and returned back to the Top Flight where it took them until 1992/1993 to win their first Top Flight League title in 26-years.
From 1993 Manchester United won the Premier League 13-times.
Ironically, Sir Alex’s final Premier League win was exactly 20-years after his first.
Evolution has dictated that Sir Alex’s time was up and the great man deserves his retirement.
A lot will say that he shouldn’t have chosen David Moyes as his successor.
What Sir Alex did was correct, he recognised that David Moyes was an upcoming manager and after his time at Everton was ideal for a move to Old Trafford.
What Sir Alex couldn’t have envisaged was that David would come into Old Trafford, get rid of Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan and change United’s footballing philosophy overnight.
Any sensible person who was given the opportunity to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson would have rocked up at Old Trafford with a deck-chair, a can of Tennants Extra (other strong lagers that render the participant speechless are available) and a Ceegar and just said to Rene and Mike.
‘You crack on boys !’
It was often muted when David was on the touch-line that it was wrong for Sir Alex to be in the stand watching over him.
What a ridiculous statement for someone to mute.
Sir Alex Ferguson has earned the right to be at every Manchester United game played anywhere in the World and for that matter, any football game played anywhere.
Sir Alex is a legend!
Manchester United’s current plight stems from Sir Alex growing old which happens to all of us.
It will happen to Pep and Jurgen.
It’s just evolution.
What’s not evolution is why The Equaliser or Ole or whoever is at the wheel are not more pro-active.
The United midfield are simply not good enough.
Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata are not good enough no matter how Ole dresses his post-match interviews up.
Before the International Break, it was mentioned that Paul Pogba was simply too good for his fellow United players.
Since his injury and his omission from the United starting line-up, that statement has been borne out.
United spent a fortune on 3-players in the summer.
All 3-players were needed and have improved the team but in truth, United needed a few more.
There are players in the Championship, League 1 and 2 that could enhance United and would cost peanuts.
A club the stature of Manchester United only seem to want to buy the £50 Million plus players.
Why are their scouts not checking the lower leagues for talent the equivalent of Andrew Robertson for example?
Harry Maguire is class, no doubt about it, yet against West Ham, he didn’t look interested, Dan James was Dan James one dimensional, he will come good on occasions but on other occasions will just be Dan James.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka-£50 Million?
Where’s the Dennis Irwin, the Gary Pallister, the Steve Bruce, cost next to nothing but were priceless.
A generation of United fans only experienced success, unfortunately, a generation of United fans will only experience failure unless there are dramatic changes at United.
There’s a lot of talk about United playing the kids.
Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Ashley Young are not kids.
If Ole is going to put his faith in the youngsters then play them, not play old stagers who’s legs have gone.
Nemanja, Juan and Ashley are decent blokes, good professionals who have given United their best years but it’s over for them.
It’s hard to take but football is ruthless, to be a success Ole has to be ruthless.
Play the youngsters Ole or your time may be coming to an end at Old Trafford.
Arsenal got a great 3-2 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday after going behind twice in the game and being reduced to 10-men when Ainsley Maitland-Niles received 2-Yellow Cards and ultimately a Red in the 1st-half.
Nicolas Pepe scored his 1st-goal for the Gunners after his big-money signing in the summer.
Nicolas grabbed the ball when Arsenal were awarded a penalty and converted to get the Gunners back in the game.
Villa scored a 2nd, before Callum Chambers, who has returned to the Arsenal squad after a spell on loan at Fulham last term, equalised.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner to give them all 3-points and lift them up to 4th in the Premier League table.
That goal for Pierre-Emerick was his 6th of the season and with him in the Gunners lineup, Arsenal will always have a chance.
Arsenal do have a better home record so this trip to Old Trafford will be a leveller and will gage just where both teams are.
If United perform as bad as against the Hammers then Arsenal will win comfortably but at Old Trafford, United may just find some much-needed form.
There were plenty of goals at Old Trafford last December when Arsenal left with a share of the points in one of Jose Mourinho’s final games.
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard got United’s goals with Shkodran Mustafi and a Marcos Rojo own goal replying for the Gunners with the game finishing in a 2-2 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer United at 13/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 2/1 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 15/8 that Mason Greenwood Scores Anytime.