In a day that saw sendings off for both the favourites for each game in the Premier League today, we look back and take five things away from today’s action.
This dramatic day saw Manchester United lose ground on a top-4 finish after a 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion, after Juan Mata saw red for the Red Devils.
Despite Liverpool finding themselves down to ten men also as James Milner was sent off, they managed to come from a goal behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1.
Juan Mata’s stupidity costs Manchester United:
The exciting Spanish midfielder can be argued to be one of Man United’s most skilled and valued players, but it seems he has a fiery side to him- he accumulated 2 yellow cards in quick succession in today’s game against West Brom. Though some people view it as harsh in some ways, it is without a doubt that this sending off hindered the performance of Manchester United this weekend.
James Milner let off:
Liverpool pulled off a late smash and grab at Selhurst Park to come from behind and win 2-1 today, despite James Milner’s second yellow card reducing them to 10 men. Luckily for the Englishman, goals from Roberto Firmino and a late penalty from Christian Benteke meant that he wasn’t the main talking point of the match.
Christian Benteke steps up at vital time:
There is no doubt that Christian Benteke is having a torrid time at Liverpool since he arrived; seeming to not fit into new manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Despite this, he was trusted to take the 95th minute penalty, and cooly took his chance- proving that he is still a clinical striker when he is needed. Food for thought for liverpool’s new manager.
Roberto Firmino proving his worth:
Despite being labelled as a ‘flop’ by some evidently blind football fans, Roberto Firmino has scored 8 goals and made 7 assists this season so far- proving to be a pivotal part of the Merseyside club. The Brazilian showcased his talent today by getting himself on the scoresheet; as he ran the ball into the area and passed it coolly into the net.
Crystal Palace can’t buy a win:
Crystal Palace are going through one of their worst run in forms since Alan Pardew took over winning one game in eight- a run of results that any team would be embarrassed of. The run of poor results was showcased today, as they couldn’t hold on and eventually lost 2-1 to ten man Liverpool. This slump in form has seen them down to 15th in the league, and the possibility of a relegation scrap is becoming very real for the Palace fans.