The Premier League title race will be going to the wire, but there are plenty of other interesting talking points from the top table of English football. Ahead of what could be a potentially decisive round of midweek action. As ever, you will be able to watch all the latest action from the Premier League via beIN CONNECT.
Should Ole even be at the wheel?
Things seem to be lurching from bad to worse at Manchester United, following their dismal 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday. Worryingly for United fans, their side seemed unmotivated and barely troubled their opponents as the Toffees ran riot. In the aftermath, it was admirable to see Nemanja Matic fronting up to the media admitting that he was too blame for the poor performance for his side. However, the blame shouldn’t fall just at the Serbian midfielder. The likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku & Marcus Rashford played well below the standards expected of them.
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More interestingly, a point raised by Tim Cahill in the studio is the most telling on the current malaise at Old Trafford. Simply put, the decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a full-time basis off the run of strong results was an emotional one. If only Manchester United waited till the summer and made a move for Maurico Pochettino rather than hand the job to Solskjaer who’s previous Premier League experience was relegating Cardiff during the 2013/14 season. For now, United need to dust themselves off and prepare for a midweek battle against rivals Man City a game which could decide the fate of the Premier League title.
Gunners falter even as top-four rivals slip up
With both Tottenham and Manchester United dropping points, the opportunity opened up for Arsenal to stake their place in the top four. On paper it seemed the Gunners could come out as winners, having not lost a Premier League game at home since August last year.
However in a familiar feeling for Arsenal fans, as defensive errors and left field selections from Unai Emery ended in a 3-2 defeat which could have been easily avoided. Much of the Arsenal fans ire has been aimed at German defender Shkodran Mustafi who was outpaced by Wilfried Zaha for Palace to retake the lead after Mesut Ozil equalized just after half-time. After the game, Unai Emery was clear that the top four race was still in Arsenal’s hands. Now Wednesday’s trip to Wolverhampton will take on extra significance for the north London side.
Newcastle impress against Southampton
Perhaps the most impressive performance of the weekend has to go to Newcastle who continued their fine form with a 3-1 win over Southampton. Ayoze Pérez hit a hat-trick as the Magpies all but confirmed survival for another season. Rafa Benitez reaffirmed after the match that the side needs further investment in the summer if they are to make a credible push into the top seven.
The first order of business will be to secure Salomón Rondón to a permanent deal, the Venezuelan has been crucial in attack for the Magpies and the full-time signing of the striker would be a real signal of content from owner Mike Ashley.