Wenger out for the 3rd time in a week, and United fans have a new Nemanja to sing about...
Crystal Palace 2-- Manchester United 3: Poor, poor Crystal Palace, but what a game this was. In the first half Man United looked very much like a team who had had 3 days off last week-- lethargic, flat, and it was no real surprise when Crystal Palace deservedly went two goals ahead. Mourinho reacted at halftime by bringing on the lively Marcus Rashford, and in the second 45, United threw everything forward (no better summed up by the fact that Lingard ended the match at something akin to right wing back). United pummeled Palace and deserved their 3 goals. It could have been a different story however, had it not been for a Seaman-esque save from David De Gea at 2-2. United will be happy to leave with 3 points, though not with the performance as a whole. If they start as sloppily as they did tonight on Saturday versus Liverpool, not even David De Gea will be able to stop a Liverpool onslaught.
Nemanja Matic-- What. A. Hit. Manchester United fans have been waiting all season for Matic's left foot wand to unleash a screamer like that. And boy was it worth the wait. When the ball sat up sweetly for Matic to strike, it was either going to sail out of the stadium, or fly into the top corner. Luckily for Matic and his United teammates, he struck it on the volley with the most exquisite precision to send the traveling fans delirious.
Player of the weekend:
Son Heung-min-- Sir Harry steals the majority of the headlines out of the White side of North London, but Son has been a revelation this season for Spurs. He is on pace to beat his scoring record of last year (he has 15 so far in all competitions), but his improvement has been about so much more than his goals. He seems to have gained an extra yard of pace, and his movement, and clinical finishing have made him one of the players of the season so far. His two goals in this routine win for Spurs were excellent-- he made both finishes look effortless and simple though they far from it.
Team of the weekend:
Lowton Mariappa Dunk Van Aanholt
Oxlade-Chamberlain Matic Mahrez
Son Ayew Sane