Premier League 2017/18 - 5 talking points from gameweek 7
Week seven of the Premier League was an exciting affair. While teams like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur swept their opposition away, Chelsea could not get a crucial home victory in the weekend action. Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by the Magpies at St. James Park.
With a sensational victory against Chelsea in their own backyard, Manchester City easily was the standout club of the week.
Let us relook at their thumping victory against their London rivals, along with four other talking points from the weekend action:
#1. For Manchester United, 4-0 is the new 1-1
Premier League 2016-17 was a frustrating affair for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. It was the manager’s first season with the Red Devils, and while he did manage to take them to a Europa League triumph, he could only take them as far as the sixth place when it came to the top division English League.
The team did not lose many matches. In fact, they tasted defeat in just 5 of the 38 games of the season – a stat that was on par with Chelsea, the champions that year.
However, the number of draws that United found themselves into went up to as high as 15 matches. They kept getting the 1-1 result against many oppositions and failed to close out matches from winning positions on many instances.
After a while, every time United drew a match, even though they gained a point, it felt like they dropped two.
The team has revamped itself this season and how. They have drawn just one out of seven games, winning the other six. Yesterday, they notched up another 4-0 victory against a hapless Crystal Palace line-up. They did so with ease, panache and confidence. It was their fourth 4-0 victory of the season, and it feels like Mourinho and his men have swapped the underwhelming 1-1 of last year for the unstoppable 4-0 this year.
Romelu Lukaku has been one of the signings of the season and is scoring in almost every game. Henrikh Mkhitaryan might not have been at his best against Palace, but has looked extremely controlled and collected in this season. He and Marouane Fellaini are not only creating chances but are grabbing onto some themselves.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are outperforming each other in every match, and have a very healthy tussle going on for that coveted starting spot.
To sum it up, Mourinho’s team is looking extremely perilous this season and already is a serious contender to lift the trophy this summer.