10 Conclusions From The Weekend’s Premier League Action

Manchester United are becoming an efficient machine

Bastian Schweinsteiger appears as if he may have brought more than just his on field ability with him to Old Trafford as Manchester United displayed all the hallmarks of his German team’s efficiency in their 1-0 away win at Villa Park. By using the strategy at Gamblingsitesonline org you could have predicted the  scoreline.

Louis Van Gaal’s troops enjoyed the narrow victory over Aston Villa in a game they were never really threatened in. David De Gea wasn’t missed as Daley Blind put in a man-of-the match performance at centre-half to ensure Sergio Romero remained untroubled.

The competent pair Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera came on at the hour mark to demonstrate the organisation of this season’s Manchester United which saw the German and Spanish pair calmly shut out the game as they retained possession with ease. This is something goal scorer Adnan Januzaj struggled with at times but his match winner might just be enough to make up Van Gaal’s decision on keeping him at the club for this season.

But they do need a new striker and fast

While defensive concerns have been eased for United by the performances of Blind and Smalling along with the protection of Morgan Schneiderlin, issues are developing in attack.

Wayne Rooney appeared out of sorts up-front on Friday with his ability to hold up the ball completely deserting him and even more worrying was that his sharpness and touch were non-existent. For the entire 90 minutes he managed just one touch inside the opposition’s box.

With Javier Hernandez and James Wilson the only other viable options, Van Gaal will want to add another striker and fast with only two goals to show so far this season, with one being an own-goal. Pedro’s move from Barca appears to be moving closer while rumours persist around Harry Kane and number of other strikers.

Chelsea have massive issues in defence

No matter how much Jose Mourinho tries to deflect attention from his ailing side, the flaws are there for all to see. The Chelsea defence was torn apart in the first half in Manchester with John Terry the one who was taken off by Mourinho but in truth it could have been any of the defensive quartet.

Asmir Begovic making series of top quality saves must be worrying for the Portuguese boss too. Branislav Ivanovic was run ragged by Raheem Sterling as well and the signings of defensive reinforcements can’t come quick enough at Stamford Bridge. The first of those appears to be Baba Rahman who has agreed to join the club from Augburg for £21million.

And Manchester City appear to be fixing theirs

Vincent Kompany has returned his best after his two goals so far this season as well as aiding a defence which hasn’t conceded. Even more encouraging for Manuel Pellegrini is the rest of his defence are finding form.

Eliaquim Mangala came in for criticism last season for his slow start at the Etihad but has been impressive in his first two outings this season away to West Brom and at home to the champions.

Bacary Sagna and Alexander Kolarov have also began brightly in the full-back slots, keeping the Pablo Zabaleta out of the team.

Sergio Aguero is the best player in the Premier League

The Argentine was masterful on his return to the Man City starting line and easily could have had a first half hat-trick were it not for the world-class saves of Asmir Begovic. He did finally shoot City into the lead after a neat inter-change with Yaya Toure and sublime finish.

He tormented the Chelsea defence all afternoon and they had no answer as he forced Mourinho into the ruthless decision of substituting his leader in chief Terry.

Stephen Ireland has too much quality to be sitting on Stoke City’s bench

Tottenham must’ve have though they had secured all three points against Stoke when  leading 2-0 with 13 minutes to go.

But Stephen Ireland stepped off the bench to take the fight to Spurs. He first laid on the pass which resulted in a penalty to reduce the deficit and then assisted Mame Biram Diouf who got the slightest touch from his cross to steal a point. Ireland could have won it with a header of his own but his incisive passing and instinctive attacking changed the game.

The question is whether he’ll remain patient at Stoke or seek first team opportunities elsewhere before the close of business.

Alexis Sanchez is key to Arsenal’s fortunes

Sanchez return to the Arsenal side was key in his side’s first win of the season at Selhurst Park. After the opening day loss to West Ham, Arsene Wenger witnessed the missing drive and thrust the Chilean brings to his team.

That pace and directness was missing against the Hammers but Sanchez brought a different dimension to the side which lead to Crystal Palace focusing more attention upon him which allowed Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil more space to give Arsenal the victory in a must win game.

If Roberto Martinez keeps all his players, Everton could challenge high up the table

Everton was extremely impressive as they dismantled a competent Southampton side at St. Mary’s. John Stones future is still up for debate but he returned to form this week.

But the defender is one of a number of quality youngsters at Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku was excellent as he put the Saints to the sword with a magnificent header and then showed his athleticism to sprint pass the defensive cover to slide past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Ross Barkley also put in a solid shift and the Merseysiders young squad might be just about to blossom if Roberto Martinez can keep them together beyond the 1st of September.  Tom Cleverley has arrived from Manchester United and Gerard Deulofeu has returned from Barcelona while James McCarthy has signed a new contract to reinforce the squad being built by the Spanish manager.

Leicester are getting stronger under Claudio Ranieri

Leicester backed up their opening day win against Sunderland with another convincing performance at West Ham. Claudio Ranieri’s appointment was questioned during the summer but he looks to have won over the doubters after just two games in charge.

The squad continuity from Nigel Pearson’s reign in to this season has been key with Jamie Vardy leading the charge. Only two new players started in east London for the Foxes, demonstrating the clubs feeling that change of managers has been seem less and the focus has been more on retaining the side which won seven of their last nine games last season to continue that run to nine wins in 11 at the start of this campaign.

Sunderland are in for a tough season

Sunderland like Leicester have continued their form from last year except the Mackems is of a very different variety.

Over 40,000 home fans turned up to watch their side who were abysmal for long stages at home to new boys Norwich. Things were then compounded by the 3-1 loss in a game they felt was very winnable to kick-start their season.

After a net spend of only £6million so far this summer, Sunderland fans will be demanding a series of arrivals before the close of the window to ensure there isn’t  another season of torture ahead.

 

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