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Manchester United vs Southampton EFL Cup Final Preview

This could be a huge change for United to win some silverware this season. Even though this trophy isn’t an equivalent prize to the Premier League or the Champions League, this is still a chance for these players to have their names remembered, and more importantly, it will give them a huge boost for the rest of the season, to encourage these players the desire to win more. Mourinho himself as used this competition to get his players hungry for more trophies. Even though the league is out of our sights, the FA cup and the Europa league are there for us to win. For Mourinho to have a memorable first season at the club.

This could rather be a one sided game or a very close game. With United losing Carrick and Mhikitaryian to injury, it makes us more vunerable and gives us less to offer going forward. Carrick gives us reassurance in case Pogba and Herrera get carried away going forward. Mhikitaryian has been one of our best players this season since returning to the side. He makes the side more direct when he is playing, especially at number 10. Without him we seem more passive, we make more passes before trying to go near the final third. We lack someone who will just run at them and put those defenders under pressure. Southampton are also without players, mainly Van Dijk. I have spoken about Van Dijk multiple times so it is clear how much of a loss he is for the Saints. They should be quite vunerable at the back, giving United a chance to create chances and hurt that back four. Southampton usually play quite central so it will give chances for Pogba to spray the ball wide. Out of all the games where I’d like to see Pogba playing as that deepline playmaker we saw against Watford, it would be this one. Pogba needs to stamp his authority on this game and make sure players like Clasie and Davies do not get a sniff of the ball. Southampton’s biggest threat of the game would definitely be Gabiadini. The Italian just signed for Southampton and is already making a big impression. From what I saw they try and cross the ball into him because of his height, so Smalling and Bailly are definitely our first choice centre backs here. Valencia and Blind need to make sure those balls do not get near the box. This should be a good game because of the occasion. Southampton are desperate for a trophy for a long time and this could be their chance, and United need this for the boost it will give us. But because of how much we’ve been improving, I can’t see anything except a United win here

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Southampton

Manchester City 5:3 Monaco Match Review

What a brilliant game of football this was! As I mentioned in my preview this game could either way, and for the most part it did. Manchester City started off very well, with Sane having a great time on that left side, and using a great piece of skill to set up Raheem Sterling’s goal. But it didn’t take long for Monaco to get back in the game. One ball from Fabinho (who had a great first half) and a header from Falcao put Monaco back in it. A common outlet for Monaco were their Fullbacks, Mendy and Sidibe. For the majority of the game they were phenomenal, Sidibe especially, his role was to get as many balls in the box as possible. It causes City’s back 4 to panick constantly. It seems as if those defenders can’t mark, because there were so many chances where Otamendi and Sagna just let a man slip right past them. All of those defenders were very poor in the game. They looked lazy and showed their age and in John Stones case, his inexperiene. Monaco’s second goal was another forward ball from Fabinho, and finished beautifully by the young Mbappe. This was another goal which just showed how poor City’s defending were throughout the game. There was no one even looking at Mbappe and just gave him the chance to make a run and have an opportunity at goal. It then took a bit of magic from Aguero to put them back in the game, as he’s done multiple times for City. We then City and especially Pep’s strength turn to his weakness. It only took Falcao to put Stones under pressure and take the ball from him and chip the keeper beautifully, putting Monaco back in the lead. But now we see a collapse from the French side. The lack of experience in that team came back to punish them. A lot of those players lost their heads near the end of the game, where we see City’s biggest players pull them out of a home loss, with Stones redeeming himself after a poor defensive display by scoring a goal past the keeper, Aguero smashing a volley in the back of the net from a corner, and Sane given a tap in to finish the game off. This isn’t the end of the fixture. Monaco still have a chance to win this game but it would take a total collapse from City from not just their defence. Monaco’s biggest enemies were themselves and set pieces. Two of Manchester City’s goals came from corners. If you want to get far in this competition you need to be solid in every aspect. They can’t give players like Aguero space. This was a brilliant game of football though, with both teams attacking quickly and with numbers through out the game. As a neutral, I hope to see a similar in France as we all saw in the first leg in Manchester.

Real Madrid vs Napoli Match Review

This game did go down as I thought it would, with Madrid winning pretty comfortably. But Napoli could of done more through out the game. It wasn’t completely one sided like the Bayern game. Napoli had some chances but they were quite poor on the ball when it mattered. Dries Mertens had a good chance but hit it over the bar, and Insigne had a good chance that he missed too. It’s not as if Real Madrid won the game because of a poor Napoli display. They won because they deserved to. Real’s game plan seemed to be make the most out of Napoli’s average full backs and get some balls into the box. All the goals came from crosses from that right side. With the third goal being an absolute screamer. Casemiro hit it with so much power it gave Reina no chance of saving it. Ronaldo wasn’t at his best but still had an involvement in the game, giving Benzema a great chance to score. The only thing Real should be worried about is Navas on that goal he conceeded. He was so off his line for no real reason. It only took a magnificent ball from Hamsik and and a brilliant curling shot from Insigne from far out to beat him. Your keeper should never be conceeding goals like that. This round isn’t over for Napoli. They still have a chance of getting through, but it will take a lot from Napoli. They have to score two and can’t conceed. I have faith they can do this. They just have to hope Real don’t turn up in the slightest against them.

In my preview I said I will not be discussing the Bayern Munich game because I didn’t see it as an even match up, and I was proven correctly. Arsenal didn’t show any desire or any quality on the ball or in defence. Bayern never looked like they would lose control of that game. It just showed how far Arsenal are from the elite clubs in Europe, and Wenger must be feeling the pressure. Even though he has kept them constantly competing with other clubs at the top. But there is a turning point, and that is not being taken seriously. No one here in England takes Arsenal seriously in the slightest because of the manager. If Arsenal want to compete, they have to bring someone in who can handle it. You have to credit and respect Wenger for what he’s done, but they aren’t competing and they need to compete if they want to remain a top club and a premier league title contender.

PSG vs Barcelona Match Review

Well I was right and wrong to some extent. I did say Barca had to not start Andre Gomes and play Rakitic. Which they didn’t do. Gomes is a big reason why Barcelona were so bad. They lacked movement in the middle of the park because of how Emery set up. It took their midfield out of the game. Matuidi, Verrati and Rabiot put Barca’s midfield to shame. They moved quicker and defended so much better. Verrati created 2 chances and made 5 tackles in the game. He was my Man of the Match because of how he controlled the game against other brilliant midfielders like Busquets and Iniesta. Emery also took MSN out of that game. It seemed whenever they got the ball Verrati or Rabiot would be on them as well as the full backs. Di Maria had a field day against Jordi Alba, because of how bad he is as a full back. Luis Enrique must be feeling the pressure now. He’s unofficially out of the champions league and Madrid are still at top of la liga. He could be out the door by the Summer. Emery on the other hand is reminding everyone why he was brought in. He is brilliant at preparing for knock out games. PSG want to prove to the world they are a big club and Emery could be the one to do that

Champions League Round of 16 Preview

The Champions League is finally back after its usually break, and there are some huge games to talk about. I’ll be discussing the games that will be the most entertaining, and should definitely provide an enjoyable fixture, where it could to either way. So games where the result should be pretty obvious won’t be discussed. So let’s get into the previews

Monaco vs Manchester City

This was the fixture Man City didn’t want. On paper for a casual football fan this shouldn’t be a challenge for the citizens, but for those who know how impressive Monaco have been this season will know this will be a tough game for City. Man city have been having a very mixed season, with some days their attack looks amazing and can roll any team over, but some other days they look like they can’t string a pass together and have to rely on their defence to help out, which is never the best idea, as their defence is just so unreliable. Monaco on the other hand have been unbelievable this season. They are a well drilled team with no real stars. All their players contribute in some way. With their wingers, Lemar and Bernardo Silva, have been playing very well considering they are playing at a very young age. Both have an incredible work rate and contribute for the team. Silva being the stand out player. Earning 5 goals and 5 assists so far, and having a man of the match performance against Spurs. They’ve also been solid at the back. With Kamil Glik being a stand out performer for them. Even though City could easily clinch this if De Bryune and David Silva have Man of the match performers. But Monaco could be the safe bet here

Prediction: Monaco 3-1 Manchester City on Aggregate

PSG vs Barcelona

Unai Emery might be having a dismal time in Ligue 1, but knock out competitions are his specialty. He was brought in from Sevilla for this specific purpose, so if he doesn’t get far, he won’t be having a long future in the capital. PSG have to hope they can hold back MSN and give the ball to Cavani as much as possible. It takes a lot of chances for Cavani to eventually score. So constant service is needed for PSG to have any chance. Barcelona have to start with their best XI. Players like Andre Gomes shouldn’t be in this team because they look so much worse with him in. Iniesta and Rakitic need to start. Barca just need to play the way they play and out pass PSG. And PSG need to be creative, and create as many chances as possible for Cavani, if they want to get anything out of this fixture.

PSG 2:3 Barcelona on Aggregate

Real Madrid vs Napoli

If it wasn’t for Juventus, Napoli would be walking this league. They have a brilliant midfield, with Hamsik being that direct player to drive them forward. They also possess the most inform striker in the world right now in Dries Mertens. Napoli have a chance here. They just need to keep a clean sheet at the Bernebau. Which isn’t an easy task, and win their home game. Both are difficult tasks because of how difficult Madrid are to beat. They have the best and most balanced midfield in the world. With Kroos being the best, Modric being a consistent performer and Casemiro being that destroyer. Their squad depth is amazing as well. Having replacements for every player in the starting XI. Good replacements in fact. No matter how much I want Napoli to surprise us all, I can Madrid having no problems in this fixture if they get Hamsik out the game.

Prediction: Real Madrid 4:2 Napoli on Aggregate

P.S I didn’t mention Bayern vs Arsenal because that shouldn’t be a difficult game for Bayern. Plus Arsenal don’t get past this point usually. Only other game I’d keep note of but isn’t too big would be Sevilla vs Leicester. Because Leicester’s unpredictability in Europe. But should be easy for Sevilla.

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Manchester United vs Watford Match Review

Only two games to discuss this week. The usual Man United game and the Liverpool vs Spurs game. So let’s get straight into it:

Manchester United vs Watford

This was a must win game like every other at this point of the season, and we turned up! This was easily the best we’ve played in the league this season, with everyone putting in 100% and just having a go. Starting from the back, De Gea didn’t have to do much, except that exceptional save from a free kick. Bailly was phenomenal on his return. Even though Jones and Rojo have played brilliantly in the past couple of months, Bailly is just that next level. He was composed, strong and was keeping it easy and not rushing into anything. Smalling had a good performance, nothing special but no mistakes either. Both fullbacks both played well. Getting forward while doing their defensive duties. Herrera was stand out as ever. Most people who don’t watch Man United don’t understand how brilliant Herrera has been. If you compare him to the best midfielder in the league. N’golo Kante, Herrera is better than him in every statistic, except tackles. He goes unnoticed by the rest of the Premier League because he his job is a dirty work job. You normally never credit someone who does all the work no one else wants to do. You’ll usually credit a goal keeper for making an amazing save or a striker for scoring a beautiful goal. But the players who cover a lot of grass and stop some plays from happening just don’t get the credit they deserve. Herrera’s flashy partner in crime, Paul Pogba, had a brilliant. He wasn’t taking four players on or anything but he was creating chances and dominating the midfield. When he plays without Carrick it is important that he learns to not run forward too much but still having an impact on the game, and against Watford he proved he can. The attacking trio of Mata, Mhkitaryian and Martial played brilliantly. They all offer something different to the table. Mata is given a lot of freedom and can make these runs no one picks up, Mhiki glides with the ball through defences and Martial is one of our only players who will take men on. And now to Zlatan. Zlatan was very poor, even though some of his passes were okay, he was never in the box when he should of been. He’s supposed to be leading the line and he just isn’t doing that. The way we played against Watford is how I want to see us play against the smaller teams. We don’t need to play Carrick in games like this, let the players express themselves and put on a show for the fans. What was really pleasing was Mourinho saying he wants his team to play the united way. It’s been unbelievable how amazing he has been for us since coming in and it’s good to know he is learning our way of playing.

We Have a Problem! – Manchester United vs Hull City Match Review

Before this game I had hoped we would of shown more fight then I witnessed. There was a lack of urgency and desire in that Manchester United side last night, and that is an issue the manager cannot be blamed for. Mourinho has tried his hardest to make sure these players never give up, like we constantly saw last season under Louis Van Gaal. In fact that performance against was a reminder of some of those performances we saw. We have started creating more chances under Mourinho but that isn’t the issue. These players just seem to not turn up when we need them to the most. Players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had an absolutely awful game, didn’t turn up the slightest. Hull came into this game with the hopes of keeping a clean sheet no matter what the method to do so. So many teams have came to Old Trafford and done this, and that is why we are sixth and struggling to capitalise on other teams dropping points. We struggle to break teams down who put ten men behind the ball, and we end up unable to get a goal past them. These teams know what to do when they come to Old Trafford. They refuse to play football and only attempt to stop us playing football, and succeed. It reminded me of what I see when Arsenal have a chance to take advantage of an opportunity to gain ground on the teams above. We had the chance to gain ground on Arsenal and Liverpool and didn’t take it. The mentality of the players has dropped significantly ever since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. The managers that came in have failed to rally these players together for the big occasion. Even though Mourinho has definitely improved us from last season, there is still so much to do. And I still fully believe he can turn us around.  player on the pitch was not good. The only stand out player was Rojo, who saved us so many times. Everyone else just wasn’t good enough. We need to win against Leicester, otherwise top four could be out of our expectations

4 Future Ballon d’or Winners

A big question that is asked around the world of football would be who will be the next Ballon d’or winner after Messi and Ronaldo are past their best. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the prestigious award for 10 years now. That’s insane. A decade celebrating the success of some of the best players to grace the world of football and it will finally over in some years. With some of the best young players in the world playing their football at the top level, waiting for their chance to be in the spotlight, let’s have a look at some players who could have a chance at winning the award when Messi and Ronaldo eventually start to decline.

1. Neymar

Neymar easily is the player with the highest chance of winning the Ballon d’or after Messi and Ronaldo eventually start to decline. He’s already achieved some magnificent acclaims at a very young age, including being a part of a gold medal winning Brazil team, winning a treble, overtaking Ronaldinho in Brazil’s all time top goal scorer’s list, and scoring almost 300 goals before the age of 25. Some players score that many in their entire career. Neymar is at a stage where he isn’t a young player anymore, and needs to show this unbelievable talent he clearly has every season, like Messi and Ronaldo have over the years. Neymar is not having his best season so far. But these are moments that the greatest of players have to work their way through, to prove that they are one of the best. Neymar has already achieved enough to win the Ballon d’or, but he is surrounded by two of the best players to ever play the game. As long as he continues his goal scoring, he will be the first to win the Ballon d’or. 

2. Ousmane Dembele

Dembele is the best young player in Europe. Even though I am a huge fan of players like Donuramma, Rashford and Kimmich, Dembele is performing extremely well for a top club in a very good league. He has scored 5 and assisted 12, 5 of them in the Champions League. Dembele is performing at such a high level at such a young age. He had the task of replacing Mhkitaryian after the latter having the best season of his career, and he is achieving that. Dortmund buying the Frenchman under the noses of some other clubs after an amazing season in Ligue 1, even completing more take-ons than Messi per game, shows the genius scouting network they have, and it is the perfect destination for Dembele. Dortmund are a team that cherishes youth and turning them into top players. Under Tuchel, Dembele will be given plenty of first team football and learn from a very good coach and some amazing talent around him. He is at the perfect place to turn into the perfect player.

3. Deli Alli

Deli Alli has scored 50 goals from midfield quicker than Matt Le Tissier, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard and that is unbelievable. Spurs lacked that extra bit of quality and Alli arrived when they needed him the most. He gave them that perfect man to be behind Harry Kane, someone to make those runs behind and has the perfect touch to control those balls over the top from the defenders. In his first full season for Spurs he scored 10 and assisted 9, and he just keeps on scoring. He is working under a coach who puts a lot of trust in him and he is thanking him back with the contribution he makes in Spurs’s success. There will be a time when Deli Alli will have to move for the benefit of his own career. If he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Gary Linekar and David Beckham and challenges himself in another country, then there will be no doubt he will achieve plenty in his career.

4. Paulo Dybala

Dybala is a special player who is slowly turning into a world class talent. He began gaining a lot of attention when he began scoring a lot of goals for Palermo. Then gaining a huge move to Juventus, where he instantly impressed. Dybala is playing for the biggest team in Italy and has turned into one of their best players. He is at a stage in his career where he is winning league titles and aiming for the champions league. Like Neymar, he is already at a stage where he could be in contention for the Ballon d’or. But is unfortunately playing at the wrong time. He just needs to start playing or Argentina to increase his reputation, then he has a real chance at the Ballon d’or.

Team of the Year 2016 Without a Single Player from the FIFA Team of the Year

The FIFA Team of the year was a very disappointing one. It was just full of Barcelona and Real Madrid, in a year when it was clearly shown there were better players than the players selected, especially in defence. I wanted to prove there can be a team made of players who could match the players selected by numerous players and managers, to show how the constant selection of players from the same 2 clubs needs to end. At the end of each pick, I’ll quickly add if they should replace the FIFA Team of the year players or the original selection is fine. The team will be made in a 3-5-2 formation.

Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak

I’ve decided to go with the Athletico Madrid stopper. Athletico Madrid easily had the best defence in Europe in 2016 only conceeding 16 goals in the previous season and making their way to the Champions League final by only conceeding  11. Even though their defence is unbelievable, their goalkeeper does have to take a lot of credit. In one season he showed himself to be one of or the best goal keepers in Europe. Neuer being picked just isn’t interesting anymore, even 38 year old Buffon should of been given a shout. But goalkeepers are judged on how many goals they conceed, and Oblak conceeded the least and showed himself to be the best. There isn’t anyone else who should be goal.

Decision: Should replace Manuel Neuer

Left Centre Back: Pepe

Pepe is that player we all love to hate. He has had this reputation of being an extremely dirty player, which is true. But in 2016 he reminded everyone we should pay more attention to his defending, because he was outstanding. Pepe stood out during Madrid’s run to the final, playing his part in keeping likes of Aguero and Draxler from scoring past Los Blancos, and especially Torres and Griezmann in the final. Sergio Ramos got the headlines for his goal, but Pepe was just as good as he was in that game. Even though he was good in the Champions league, it was Portugal’s run to the final where he really stood out. Portugal never should of got to where they did in the Euros, because finishing third in a group should not be rewarded. But saying that, Pepe stayed very consistent through out the tournament. And putting in a man of the match performance for again, keeping Griezmann quiet. Pepe did deserve some recognition for his performances and being picked over Marcelo is the best way to show how good he has been

Decision: Should replace Marcelo

Centre Back: Diego Godin

I was speaking about how good Athletico Madrid’s defence was last season, and Godin is a huge reason for that. He was a consistent starter for Athletico Madrid last season, with his defensive partner usually being switched between Savic and Giménez. Godin was a major reason why Athletico were in the title race for as long as they were. Being aggressive and staying consistently solid in the big games, like the game against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Each year he seems to be improving, and even though he was unlucky not to get a Champions League medal or to kiss that La Liga trophy, he still deserves a lot of credit for keeping Athletico Madrid a constant threat for any team going against them. I still have no idea how Pique got into that team over Godin and the my next pick, but Godin easily replaces him

Decision: Should replace Gerard Pique

Right Centre Back: Leonardo Bonucci

2016 was the year of Bonucci. For a while now Chiellini and Barzagli always got the credit for Juventus having an amazing defence, but Bonucci has proven that he is the best out of the three. He reads the game so much better than the other two, and even though he isn’t exactly the most calm centre back, he has shown he isn’t afraid to put the team first, with his constant tactical fouls and and aggressive play. Sergio Ramos has finally deserved a team of the year place, but it’s a shame, because the three centre backs here have shown they have been a better defender than him. And even though he has scored in the big games to save Madrid points, he won’t be keeping his place

Decision: Should replace Sergio Ramos

Right Midfielder: Gareth Bale

What a 2016 Gareth Bale had! Not only did he play really well in the final of the Champions League, he helped lead Wales to a Euro Semi Final and now earns over €750.000 a month at Real Madrid. Bale is a perfect winger, having the pace, the shooting ability and the ability to run at defenders. Dani Alves didn’t have a stand out 2016 so it does confuse me why he got a place in the team again, so Bale will slot nicely ahead of him.

Decision: Should replace Daniel Alves

Right Centre Midfielder: Miralem Pjanic

Bet you didn’t see this coming. I never understand why this guy doesn’t get more credit for what he gets each season, because he is the best midfielder in Serie A by a long shot. Last season he scored 10 and assisted 12 last season. Those are amazing numbers for a creative midfielder. He then made a controversial move to Juventus and continued his fine form, scoring 5 and assisting 5 this season already. He is one brilliant player who deserves more recognition for how good he is. But should he replace Toni Kroos? No he shouldn’t. Pjanic is an amazing player but Kroos is that next level. Even though he doesn’t get the credit he deserves, he still isn’t better than Toni Kroos.

Decision: Shouldn’t replace Toni Kroos

Left Centre Midfielder: N’golo Kante

To understand why he automatically gets into this team, In the entire 2016, he earned more points than any other team in the premier league. He only lost 4 games in the entire 2016. Kante had a better 2016 than most other teams, just to show how successful he is. I’ve never been able to understand why players like Kante aren’t considered to be the best midfielder in the world. He was a big part in why Leicester shocked the world by winning the Premier League, he played great for a very mixed French side and then joined Cheslea and is now the reason why their system works. I can never stop talking about this guy, and I think he is one of the best midfielders in the world. But does he get ahead of Modric? Of course

Decision: Should replace Luka Modric

Left Midfielder: Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann was robbed. He was third in the Ballon d’or and still didn’t get a place in the team. Yes Suarez did score a lot of goals. But he plays for Barcelona. It isn’t hard with players like Iniesta, Messi and Neymar around. Griezmann is in a team that scored less than 40 goals in the entire La Liga season and has an involvement in most of them. He scored more than half their goals and got into the Euro’s team of the tournament too. He is an amazing player in a very good team. He just doesn’t get the credit he deserves for a team who do not score many goals. I love the guy as a footballer and would love his brother to stop with the Man United rumours. It’ll be the end of me! But does he take Ronaldo’s place? No, based on the fact Ronaldo deserved the Ballon d’or so no one can go ahead of the guy who came first. But if he was against Suarez, then he would definitely take his place.

Decision: Shouldn’t replace Cristiano Ronaldo

Attacking Midfielder: Marek Hamsik

Another player who doesn’t get enough credit for what he does. Napoli have one of the most exciting attacking line ups right now. And Hamsik is a huge part in why they are so good. He, like Bale, can run at players so quick and so direct. He has a quality very similar to Mhkitaryian, being able to run at players and make other teammates play the way he wants to play. He was a stand out player in the Euros. Being the vocal point from a very unknown Slovakia side. I think he should replace Iniesta. I love the guy but he shouldn’t be anywhere near a Team of the year in 2016. 

Decision: Should replace Andres Iniesta

Left Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan had a memorable 2016. Not only carrying PSG to another title, he also signed for Man United for free and is carrying them to top four. He is like fine wine, improving with age. People said he should of came to the premier league years ago, but I disagree. He’s better than he has ever been right now, and the experience he has gained from the different leagues he has played in has turned him into the player he is now. He will go down as one of the games legends after he eventually retires. If he ever does. My pure hatred for Suarez and love for Zlatan is the reason why he gets into this team.

Decision: Should eplace Luis Suarez

Right Striker: Pierre Emerick Aubamayeng

Aubamayeng has become one of the best strikers around in 2016, using his blistering pace to ruin defenders. He is an amazing player in a good Dortmund side, and even though he is denying the rumours, I do believe he will eventually leave. So Dortmund might as well embrace his talent as long as they can. So does he replace Messi? Of course not. Messi is the best player to ever play the game. No one goes near Messi’s place in this team.

Decision: Shouldn’t replace Messi

I can imagine many would disagree with some of these picks, but it’s all subjective. If you disagree with some of my replacements, then tell me who I should of chosen in their place

Matchday 22 review

Damn many of those predictions were off. Anyways let’s get straight into it

Stoke City 1:1 Manchester United

This game could sum up Manchester United’s season, plenty of chances but the players just couldn’t convert. Because of the lack of conversion, no one really stood out. Zlatan wasn’t great and Mata was responsible for the own goal and for not putting us back in the game, probably having his worst game in a United shirt. Mhkitaryian played very well, but missed an easy chance. It took a bit of magic from Rooney to dig us out of the hole we put ourselves in. His goal was sublime, curling it with enough power so Lee Grant couldn’t save it. Wayne Rooney’s record breaking goal covers up a very lackluster Manchester United. This was a chance for us to go ahead of City and gain a bit of ground on Liverpool and Spurs. But we didn’t take it. Even though we are unbeaten, all these draws have ruined our season. So many games we can say we should of won that game. Mourinho and the players have to solve this problem. We can’t keep relying on a one goal lead away from home. It’s a priority next season for us to improve in this area. Either bring in someone like Greizmann who will take his chances or improve the players. The likes of Zlatan and Rashford need to step up.

Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

This game can sum up both teams as well. Both bottling it when they needed the three points. This was a chance for spurs to prove that they are in this race, but it seems like they don’t want to do that. They defended very poorly and that isn’t something you usually say about Tottenham. They lacked their usual high energy and were making very stupid mistakes. City capitalised on a poor spurs side by taking advantage of Lloris having a very off day. Usually he’s very consistent as well. But city’s poor poor defending let them down as per usual. Even though spurs fought back, they and city have dropped points. They are both very lucky that United and Liverpool didn’t gain any ground. Otherwise that would be a title ending match.

Lyon 3-1 Marseille

Games like this make Lyon look like such a threat. Even though they still aren’t great at the back, players like Valbuena and Lacazette make them so fun to watch. That first goal from Valbuena was brilliant, curling it right past to keeper, very similar to how Rooney did it. Lacazette is such a clinical striker, taking advantage of a poor Marseille team and taking his chances. Their tribute to Fofana (who had to retire from an injury) was great to see. Lyon will have to fight for that champions league place, with Nice, PSG and Monaco guaranteed their places so far.

AC Milan 1-2 Napoli

Milan Milan Milan. This was their chance to gain some points on their rivals, bit didn’t take the chance to do so. Goals from Insigne and Callejon very early in the game gave Milan no chance of getting back in the game. And who assisted these goals? Who else but Dries Mertens. He’s having an amazing season. Scoring 12 and assisting 2. He is the most inform player in Europe right now. Napoli and Roma are the only teams who can beat Juventus to the title. Donuramma should of done better with some of the goals but he still has time to improve. Let’s just hope he doesn’t go to Juventus.