Weekend Prem Action

A pretty significant weekend in the EPL at the weekend I would have thought. Watched the most of the Manchester Derby. United were always comfortable. Defensively they were a lot stronger than of late. Rafael did well at right back never letting Robinho by him. Best man on the park was Michael Carrick. He controlled the midfield in a fine performance. Park kept up his good form. Rooney was lively up front also. Held out really well with ten men too. Or even 9 as Berbatov hardly bothered running.

If I was Mark Hughes I would be pretty worried. His team had no structure to it and looks badly unbalanced in midfield. Didi Hamann has seen better days and looks finished. Dunne was excellent as was Richards but apart from that they had nothing. Robinho wasnt in the game. Benjani was just muck. Elano came on and was rubbish. There didnt seem any pattern in their play at all especially after Ronaldo was sent off. More teams are going to come to Eastlands and win imo. Finally delight for the Stephen Ireland haters on here as he was anonymous. Read some ridiculous rubbish on him at the weekend. Supposedly the most in form player in the league and the most talented Irish player in a generation. No doubt he is talented but he hasn’t still got the presence to play centrally in a 4 man midfield.

After the match, Redknapp, Gullit and the senile Richard Keys had a bizarre discussion about Ronaldo’s red card, whistles and horns.

Chelsea Arsenal was a lot better. Wenger must take all the credit from getting this performance out of Arsenal as they were unrecognisable from the City game. Chelsea were downright poor imo. Deco had a stinker. They had absolutely no threat out wide. Really lack pace and quality on the flanks of their midfield. Lampard hardly got a kick. Fabregas was imperious in midfield for Arsenal. Van Persie often dropped in aswell so I felt Arsenal were always pretty solid. Adbayeor led the line really well up front. Clichy and Nasri were combining well down the left throughout. Chelsea also had nothing on the bench to affect the game. The hapless Malouda came on and was ridiculously bad. Arsenal should have made it 3 near the end and you couldnt really have argued with it.

The relegation battle is nearly more interesting. Sunderland are really having a mare at the moment. Losing 4-1 at home to Bolton is just awful but having watched them last week v West Ham it was no real surprise. Delighted to see Harry Houdini lose. For all their good form they are still only out of relegation on goal difference. Same for Newcastle. What will happen when they go on a bad run. Blackburn lost again and are in huge trouble. Very hard to predict

I saw precious little of those games but surprised Aresnal dominated the game, I assumed they’d just got two goals and managed to weather the storm.

I did see the ridiculous discussion on Ronaldo’s handball though. First time in my life I’ve agreed with Jamie Redknapp I think. What a gobshite Gullit is! Whatever about the best players not making the best managers, it’s certainly true that the best players don’t always make the best pundits. There was no way the referee could make allowances for the litany of excuses. Ronaldo first pointed to himself as though the ref got the wrong man, then invented some whistle thing while Rio and Ferguson (afterwards) told everyone he was pushed. God knows why he did it, rush of blood probably, but he deliberately handled the ball anyway. Redknapp saying the word “horn” over and over again was comical.

Matt Le Tissier on Soccer Saturday on Sky who was reporting on Stoke vs Hull:

‘And the bad news is the heavy fog has lifted and I can now actually see what’s going on here’.