Rolling Stone India Pitch: Manchester United and Liverpool Were Both on The Receiving End of Embarrassing Score Lines
The champions and the Red Devils conceded a combined 13 goals this past weekend
Matchday four of the Premier League saw both Manchester United and Liverpool lose horribly to Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa respectively, Manchester City playing a high-octane match against Leeds United, while Arsenal and Chelsea both picked up wins and more.
A weekend that witnessed a total of 41 goals over 10 games, 16 of which came in just two matches. When Jose Mourinho took his Tottenham Hotspur team to take on his former club Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams, they went down early to a Bruno Fernandes penalty but equalized soon after. United forward Anthony Martial was given a red card for raising his hand on Spurs’ Érik Lamela and what was to happen next was the stuff of nightmares for the Manchester club. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team went on to concede four more goals with the game finishing at an astounding 6-1 in Tottenham’s favor.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said after the game, “To win 6-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford is an honor for all of us, considering the dimension of Manchester United and Old Trafford. The pleasure is not the 6-1, the pleasure is the performance and three points which we really need after losing points at home against Newcastle.”
Over at Villa Park, Liverpool took on Aston Villa. The champions were without goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Senegalese winger Sadio Mané who is in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. Jurgen Klopp’s men were in for the shock of their lives with Aston Villa romping to a 7-2 victory which included a hattrick from striker Ollie Watkins and star performances from midfielders Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley as well as goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.
Liverpool manager Klopp told BBC Sport, “It looked like we lost the plot after it went to 1-0.” He added, “We made too many mistakes and massive ones obviously. It started with the first goal and around the goals we made massive mistakes. We lost balls in the wrong area and did not protect properly.”
If total attacking, full of energy football is your thing, then the Manchester City versus Leeds United game which finished 1-1 was all that and much more. Pep Guardiola took on the man he has the most respect for in the game — Marcelo Bielsa. This was one game you couldn’t take your eyes off as both teams pressed hard and pushed the boundaries in terms of running, chasing the ball down and driving forward with only attacking on their mind.
Guardiola told Sky Sports after the match. “He [Bielsa] said to me, ‘What is your opinion of the game?’ And I said ‘After one second I am not able to analyze the game!” He said further, “Maybe he’s cleverer than me! I’m not. I need time to process how was the game, but you know I said that I thought it was a good game, it was fair and that’s why the result was the result.”
While Arsenal and Chelsea both picked up wins against Sheffield United and Crystal Palace respectively, Everton continued their 100 percent start to the season after beating Brighton 4-2 with new signing James Rodriguez shining in the side. The People’s club currently tops the table with four wins out of four this season with Aston Villa also maintaining a winning start to the campaign with their three victories from three played.
As the international break takes place this weekend, fans will need to wait a fortnight to see their favorite Premier League club back in action. However, with the transfer window closing yesterday, there’s exciting names to look forward to including Edinson Cavani signing for Manchester United, Thomas Partey joining Arsenal on deadline day and more.
Matchday five of the Premier League will see the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool take place at Goodison Park, Chelsea host Southampton, Manchester United travel to Tyneside to take on Newcastle United, Guardiola goes up against his former assistant Mikel Arteta as Arsenal play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United will battle it out in a London Derby and more.
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