Just a quick update with some results:-
Reading 3 Man United 4
Cracker of a game which could have gone either way - not really what we expect from prospective champions. Going forward we looked great, but at the back we were an accident waiting to happen. Chopping and changing keepers can't help, and the sooner we settle on a number one the better. The game also highlighted the need for goal line technology, though as I have said before I would bring in technology for far more common problems such as penalties and offsides. Have your say here:-
Technology in football survey
Arsenal 0 Swansea 2
Swansea, and Michu in particular, showed that they are the real deal. Arsenal have big problems that the January transfer window will not be able to sort out. Time to get rid of a stubborn manager.
Fulham 0 Tottenham 3
Fulham imploded as Spurs ran riot. Their league position still flatters them - remember the Arsenal game not too long ago? Fulham are in freefall and need to do something fast.
Liverpool 1 Southampton 0
Have Liverpool turned the corner, well after a narrow victory against a side that will be fighting relegation at the end of the season probably not. The Saints reverted to type after a recent good run.
Man City 1 Everton 1
City drop points at home to Everton in a game that either side could have won. Fellaini showed his value to Everton - will there be any bids for him in the transfer window though?
QPR 1 Aston Villa 1
QPR continue to pick up single points when really they need 3. Villa will be reasonably happy with a point but need to capitalise at home.
West Brom 0 Stoke 1
Stoke's run of form continues, but the Baggies will be disappointed with back to back defeats. Did they really believe they were a top four side?
West Ham 3 Chelsea 1
In years gone by Chelsea's early lead would have led to an easy win. Not so with the new Chelsea under Rafa. West Ham stormed back in the second half and ended up runaway winners. Long may Rafa's decline continue.
Norwich 2 Sunderland 1
Norwich continue to do well but Martin O'Neill must now be very concerned.
Newcastle 3 Wigan 0
Newcastle finally got a win, but the game changed on Figueroa's sending off. Nothing controversial, it was a foul and he was the last man! Wigan will have better days - Newcastle will definitely have worse.
The Champions League group stages ended with a damp squib, as City lost again and ended up with the worst record ever by an English team. Expect some songs about that at the weekend. Arsenal lost at Olympiakos when they could have done with a confidence boosting win, whilst Chelsea thumped their Norwegian opponents but still went out as Juventus defied the 1-1 conspiracy theory with a win in Donetsk. Sir Alex left Vidic out (as I said, just using him as a ploy to sell extra tickets), but he put out a strong side that should have seen off Cluj. As it was the game was disrupted by injuries, with the very promising Powell and Cleverley getting knocks. Giggs continued his slide downhill, whilst Rooney and Scholes were both ineffective. It will probably be different when two out of form sides meet at the Etihad this weekend!