No Kane? No gain. And Liverpool show they're not just a one Mane team after all... #puns
For the implications at the top of the table... Man United 1 Spurs 0. Chances were few and far between in this match, but it was very entertaining. United huffed and puffed admirably in the first half with a commitment and desire that had been severely lacking at Huddersfield last weekend. In the second half, Spurs should have taken the lead through Dele Alli after a beautifully weighted pass from Christian Eriksen, and that miss would come back to bite them. The decisive moment in the game came via a play from the Sam Allardyce playbook: long kick forward from De Gea, flick on from Lukaku, brilliant finish from Martial. A draw would probably have been a fair result, but after the disappointment of losing to Huddersfield last week, United can be delighted at taking all 3 points in this one.
Andre Ayew-- the older of the Ayew brothers scored a phenomenal goal versus Crystal Palace. Picking the ball up just inside his own half, Ayew surged forward, left Scott Dann for dead twice and then walloped the ball into the net from just outside the 18 yard box. Cracking finish.
Player of the weekend:
There weren't any real standout performances this weekend, so I've gone with Ashley Young who was terrific at left back for Man United against Spurs. Many fans and pundits alike had written off Young a few years ago, but he has reinvented himself magnificently and has turned into one of Mourinho's go to guys. Left back, right back, left wing, right wing... he's played virtually everywhere for United this season and he's been solid and occasionally spectacular whenever he has played.
Against Spurs at the weekend, he was everywhere. He defended resolutely, got forward to help in the attack, and perhaps most influentially ruffled Dele Alli's feathers which certainly threw Alli off his game. Young is by no means a long term solution for United at left back, but credit to him for raising and adapting his game when called upon by his manager.
Moment of the weekend:
Zaha's last minute equalizer for Crystal Palace versus West Ham. Oh Michail Antoniio... keep the bloody ball!! If Antonio had just held the ball in the corner Crystal Palace would have not had the opportunity to get it back up the field and at the feet of danger man Wilfred Zaha who showed remarkable composure to take his chance. Somewhere I imagine Frank De Boer sitting with his feet up cursing the fact that he didn't have Zaha at his disposal for his calamitous 4 match reign.
Team of the weekend:
Azpilicueta Bailly Shawcross Young
Hazard Fernandinho Wijnaldum Kolasinac