Manchester United has achieved the second victory of the week in the Premier League. Three days after the narrow victory over Brentford (1-0), Everton were defeated 2-0 by the team led by coach Erik ten Hag.
United, with Tyrell Malacia at the base and Wout Weghorst on the bench, remains fourth in the Premier League despite the win. Competitor Newcastle United, the club of defender Sven Botman, beat Brentford 2-1 and remains ahead of the Manchester team on goal difference.
Marcus Rashford, Antony (post) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka had been close to making it 1-0 on the one-way street before Scott McTominay scored after a fine pass from Jadon Sancho. Ellis Simms was given a slim chance on Everton’s behalf, but he squandered it.
United, who shot a staggering 22 times in the first half, were less dominant after the break. Following a slip by Séamus Coleman, Anthony Martial finally doubled the margin.
Eriksen returns, Rashford retires
Christian Eriksen, the Dane who was returning from injury after two months, also entered. Smetje on Manchester United’s victory was Rashford’s failure. The star attacker seemed to be bothered by his groin.
Chelsea also falls again with Lampard
He was signed as a savior at Chelsea a few days ago. Former player and coach Frank Lampard has to help ‘The Blues’ until the end of the season as an interim, but in his first game he has not yet been able to turn things around.
Chelsea lost 1-0 on a visit to Wolves. It is already the third consecutive league game in which Chelsea have failed to score. Matheus Nunes became the match winner for the home side by dipping the ball in with a beautiful volley just after the break.
With Lampard at the helm, Chelsea looked a bit different than in recent weeks under Graham Potter, who was sacked last week. Offensively it was little and the Londoners only produced one shot on goal in the first half. Things were a little better after the break, but it was the home team that scored.
Hakim Ziyech was not in match selection for Potter’s last three games. Lampard, who had brought Ziyech to Stamford Bridge in 2020, also put the Moroccan international in the stands. Next to him was former PSV player Noni Madueke.
The crucial Champions League quarter-final match against Real Madrid is scheduled for Chelsea on Wednesday. Winning the prestigious European Cup tournament seems to be the only way for the Londoners to secure Champions League football next season.
A top four place in England is all but certain with a seventeen point deficit.
Southampton is no match for City
Manchester City kept up the pressure on league leaders Arsenal. The number two won with two fingers in the nose in Southampton: 1-4. Arsenal look forward to the tough away game with Liverpool on Sunday.
Southampton started to play compactly but were unable to keep it dry. The first chances were wasted by Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gündogan and Erling Haaland, but just before the break the Norwegian headed past Kevin De Bruyne. It was already the Belgian’s hundredth assist in the Premier League.
Southampton gave away a lot of space after the break and Grealish and Haaland (half a bicycle kick) took advantage of it. Sekou Mara did something in exchange for the local team, but Julián Álvarez returned the margin to three from eleven meters, after which the last goal was saved worse.