Premier League Matchday 11 Review
Kyle Campbell reviews the latest round of Premier League fixtures, which saw David Moyes’ West Ham record a massive victory over Liverpool and Manchester United put in a limp performance in the derby.
Liverpool Dealt a Hammer Blow – West Ham 3-2 Liverpool
West Ham’s strong start to the season continued as they took all three points off an in-form Liverpool side.
Both sides started well but it was the Hammers that got on top of the game.
West Ham took an early lead thanks to a poor piece of goalkeeping from Alisson. Pablo Fornals whipped in an excellent corner towards Angelo Ogbonna, Liverpool’s number one came to collect the cross but did not look confident as the Italian defender rose above him, causing Alisson to lose flight of the ball and knock it into his own net. A VAR check confirmed there was no foul on the keeper and gave the Hammers a 1-0 head start.
Liverpool bounced back quickly and set up camp outside the West Ham box.
The visitors drew level in the 41st thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold. The set piece specialist beat Łukasz Fabiański with a dipping free kick from just outside the 18-yard box and ensured his side headed into half time level.
Despite Liverpool’s pressure, West Ham came out firing in the second half and were adamant on making their mark on the game.
Jarrod Bowen was at the heart of things as he was able to slip through Fornals after his mazy run. Fornals kept composed and slipped the ball past Alisson in the 67th minute.
Kurt Zouma added to West Ham’s lead 10 minutes later when another well delivered corner was met by the Frenchman. Zouma rose highest and nodded the ball past Alisson, scoring his first goal for the club.
Liverpool pushed forward looking to claw themselves back into the game and were finally rewarded with five minutes remaining when Divock Origi beat Fabianski with a spectacular finish on the half turn.
West Ham had opportunities to break away and seal the game as Liverpool pushed on, however, the ever-present Virgil Van Dijk was on hand to usher away any danger.
With seconds remaining, Alexander-Arnold whipped in a free kick towards the far post where Sadio Mané was there to meet the delivery. Mané directed his header back across goal, but the ball whistled past the post, and allowed David Moyes’s side to leapfrog Liverpool in the table.
West Ham’s outstanding season took another big stride forward as they slotted into third place as we head into the international break, with a promising Europa League campaign to come.
Jürgen Klopp will be disappointed with his side’s resilience as they failed to capitalise on Chelsea dropping points on Saturday.
City See Off United in Style – Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
Manchester United’s poor run of form continued after their city rivals tore them apart in Matchday 11’s early Saturday kick off.
United looked to give the home crowd a well needed performance following their 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool just two weeks ago, but a strong City side dismantled the Red Devils, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s future hanging in the balance.
United started poorly and allowed City to take control of the ball.
City were rewarded for their dominant start within seven minutes, thanks to a teasing cross from João Cancelo. Cancelo found himself with space down the left wing with the lackadaisical Bruno Fernandes chasing him down. The Portuguese full-back whipped the ball in across the front post and Eric Bailly was unable to clear, slicing the ball into his own net.
Despite going behind so early, United didn’t rise to the occasion and spent most of the first half chasing after Pep Guardiola’s men.
City created several opportunities but David De Gea, who has been in tremendous form this season, was equal to everything that was thrown at him. Victor Lindelöf was thankful to see his goalkeeper turn away his misplaced clearance and ensure United didn’t score their second own goal of the day.
United’s only clear chance of the game fell to Cristiano Ronaldo, but his left footed volley was saved by Ederson, and Mason Greenwood was unable to sort his feet out for the rebound.
United looked to be heading into halftime with a one-goal deficit, but a complete lack of judgement from Luke Shaw allowed Bernardo Silva to double the visitors’ lead on the brink of half time. Once again, Cancelo found himself with space and his floated ball over the defence evaded everyone, but his compatriot was alive to the opportunity and was able to poke the ball past De Gea at his near post.
Manchester United made no improvement in the second half and City toyed with them for the remainder of the afternoon, but settled for their two-goal lead.
Another incredibly poor performance and defeat at home has the majority of those connected to Manchester United calling for Solskjær’s head. With Tottenham appointing Antonio Conte last week, there appears to be a lack of world class managers available to United, which might favour Solskjær and give him time to turn things around.
Best of the Rest
- Crystal Palace’s start to life under Patrick Viera has been outstanding and has continued following their 2-0 home win against Wolves. Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring before the man in form, Conor Gallagher, sealed the game with his fourth goal of the season.
- Norwich City picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over league newcomers Brentford. Despite securing their first three points of the season, Norwich parted ways with Daniel Farke as they look to kick start their survival campaign.
- Arsenal picked up all three points at home to Watford with a 1-0 win thanks to Emile Smith-Rowe. Smith-Rowe scored for the third Premier League game in a row and catapulted Arsenal above Manchester United in the table.
- Southampton welcomed Aston Villa to St. Mary’s on Friday evening and picked up a 1-0 win. Villa have struggled since the departure of Jack Grealish and their poor start to the season has caused the club to sack manager Dean Smith.
- Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley with Matěj Vydra’s 79th minute equaliser cancelling out Kai Havertz’s first-half header.
- Leicester earned a point through a 1-1 draw away at Leeds, as Newcastle picked up a vital point in a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
- Antonio Conte’s first Premier League match in charge of Tottenham ended in a 0-0 draw with Everton, as Harry Kane and company continue their poor form in front of goal.
Player of the Week – João Cancelo
Manchester City’s marauding full-back was at the heart of everything as his side overcame their rivals in the Manchester Derby. His two assists led to City’s well-deserved victory and Cancelo’s flawless performance all round has earned him his first ENRG Sport ‘Player of the Week.’