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Manchester United are coming up short
Life after Sir Alex was never going to be easy but nobody predicted this. With six games gone Manchester United are lying a lowly 12th in the league table with only seven points. This weekend they were comprehensively outplayed at home by West Brom and underlined all of the problems they have had already this season. Poor defending and an attack which has lacked bite all season, an impressive free kick from Wayne Rooney again was United’s only real threat meaning they haven’t scored a goal from open play since the first day of the season. All in all this is not what the world of football has come to expect from the Red Devils. It is the worst start to a defending champions season since Blackburn Rovers in 1995.
Arsenal are contenders
From the doom and gloom of the opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa to top of the league five games later. A record signing pulling the strings in the midfield and the leagues best performing player in Aaron Ramsey the Gunners might just be about to end their eight year wait for silverware.
Luis Suarez is back
Before this weekend the Uruguayan had been watching an impressive Liverpool side from the wings this season while he served his ban for biting. Following an uncertain summer he returned on Sunday at the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland and found the net twice as Liverpool won 1-3. Say what you like about Suarez, he’s always entertaining to watch and with Daniel Sturridge along side him Liverpool are a threat to anyone.
Rivalry is alive and well in London
Tension has been building between Tottenham and Chelsea for quite a while. The Blues Champions League win in 2012 meant that, despite finishing below them in the league, Chelsea would take Spurs’ place in the competition next season. In more recent history this summer Chelsea completed the signing of Brazilian Willian despite him being in advanced talks with Tottenham. As well as this current Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas used to work under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea before they parted ways after a disagreement. On top of this Boas was also the manager at Chelsea for a brief and unsuccessful spell during the 2011-2012 season. That’s without mentioning about a hundred years of history that preceded those events. With all of this in mind it was never going to be a tepid encounter when the sides met at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kick off. The spoils were shared as the game ended 1-1 and Blues striker Fernando Torres was sent off.
Manchester City do not travel well
Despite impressive performances and big wins at home this season City are not playing well on the road. This weekend’s defeat away at Aston Villa means that from the first three away games on the season the Sky Blues only have one point after losing to Cardiff and drawing 0-0 at Stoke. City’s away form will have to start reflecting their away form if they are going to challenge for the Premier League title this season.