First Half Goals Help Liverpool Overcome Leicester

First Half Goals Help Liverpool Overcome Leicester

Liverpool travelling to King Power Stadium, a one-goal win was going to be the most likely result. That’s how three of their last four trips to Leicester had ended. But, for Liverpool, a win at Leicester has never been an easy affair. This too was a game where the Reds had to play out of their skins at the end to hang on to that one-goal margin, just like the previous three wins. What looked like a comfortable cruise at …
Liverpool Squeeze Out a Hard-Fought Win Against a Well-Organised Brighton

Liverpool Squeeze Out a Hard-Fought Win Against a Well-Organised Brighton

It was supposed to be an easy victory for Liverpool tonight. The Reds had not lost at Anfield in more than a season and they had not conceded even a single goal at home since February. As the game ended tonight, both those streaks remained unbroken, but just barely. Brighton and Hove Albion, fresh from the win against Manchester United, gave the Reds a great fight and in the end, it was only a single defensive error and a beautiful …
Manchester United and Arsenal Play out a Borefest in Wenger's Finale

Manchester United and Arsenal Play out a Borefest in Wenger's Finale

Lacking in intensity and urgency, the final game between Manchester United and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal was everything the fixture had been reduced to in the last decade.  As Arsene Wenger was welcomed with a standing ovation and a short commemoration ceremony that involved former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the incumbent manager Jose Mourinho (slightly reluctantly, if I may) congratulating the Frenchman on a fine career, there was a sharp indication as to how little the game that …
Liverpool Left to Rue a Woeful First Half Against Manchester United

Liverpool Left to Rue a Woeful First Half Against Manchester United

Since the Premier League title is almost decided, the best the other teams can achieve is the 2nd position. Today, Liverpool effectively handed over that title of the 2nd position to Manchester United by losing 2-1 at Old Trafford. The Reds’ fourth Premier League loss of the season sees them stuck at 60 points while their fierce rivals went up to a tally of 65 points with this win. If Jose Mourinho himself had been asked to write his ideal script …
Yet Again, Liverpool Drop Points Against a Defensively Organised Team

Yet Again, Liverpool Drop Points Against a Defensively Organised Team

Liverpool were playing against a promoted side. They had all their attacking stars lined up. The opponents were set up to defend. There must have been a time when these things put together would have meant an easy victory for Liverpool. If such times existed, they are becoming extremely difficult for the Reds’ fans to recall. What the recent history tells them is that a draw is the best outcome when those things are put together. Yes, Liverpool were playing …
Ashley Young Rolls Back the Years under Mourinho

Ashley Young Rolls Back the Years under Mourinho

Manchester United won another game of football, on Saturday at Old Trafford by a scoreline which is all too familiar now - after witnessing it for the sixth time in all competitions in eleven competitive games of the season so far. Jose Mourinho's side started the game on the front foot like they have, on a fair few occasions this season, scoring inside three minutes of the first half (Remember the 4th minute opener against Everton? I do too.), thanks …
Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones Help Man United Sail Safe in the South Coast

Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones Help Man United Sail Safe in the South Coast

Manchester United battled in Southampton to grab all three points against a side they have struggled and succeeded in equal measure in recent seasons. It was Romelu Lukaku who scored the only goal in an unmistakably tight contest. Here's my usual take touching on a finely ground win, Romelu Lukaku and the fully fit Phil hypothesis. The steady increase in value of Lukaku's goals  That's three more points that Lukaku's goal has won for Manchester United this season. It's not …
Flurry of Late Goals See Manchester United Joint Top of the League

Flurry of Late Goals See Manchester United Joint Top of the League

Another 4-0 win for Manchester United, this time coming against an Everton side that had lost their last three games in a row in all competitions. After an early goal from Antonio Valencia, only their fourth out of 16 in total, inside the first 45 minutes, United huffed and puffed lacking the ruthlessness that would not have been out-of-place in 2016/17, only to add three more in the final ten minutes of the game. Here's my three snap thoughts on …
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