Matchday six of Premier League 2021/22 did not turn out to be a good one for Manchester United, and Chelsea. They were beaten at their home turf with an identical score 0-1. Both seem to have run out of fortune already in earlier this season, although they can still bounce back since the race is far from over yet.
Manchester United was stunned again in Old Trafford twice consecutively after the midweek loss against West Ham in a League Cup. This weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co was unable to capitalise a number of decent chances, mainly due to their lack of coordination upfront between the Portuguese megastar and Paul Pogba plus Mason Greenwood who often selfishly attempted to score first despite lacking of space to strike. Their finishing had been easily anticipated. They even missed the penalty too. The Villans finally took the advantage of the wasteful United by netting the only goal of the game through Kourtney Hause’s header in the 88th minute.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel who was expecting to surprise Guardiola’s side by opting for 3-5-2 with duo frontmen, Timo Werner and Lukaku, had to pay the price for his unusual experiment. Manchester City was still sticking to their regular 4-3-3 without a targetman as usual and managed to snatch three point at Stamford Bridge as Gabi Jesus’s deflected strike found the back of the net. It was a tight affair but The Blues had been unable to create quite sufficient decent chances throughout the game.
Chelsea vs Manchester City 0-1
Goals: Gabi Jesus (53)
Chelsea: Eduard Mendy – Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta – Reese James (Thiago Silva 29), Marcus Alonso, Jorginho (Robin Loftus Creek 76), NGolo Kante (Kai Havertz 60) Mateo Kovacic – Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku
Manchester City: Ederson – Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo – Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne (Riyad Mahrez 81) – Phil Foden (Fernandinho 87), Jack Grealish (Raheem Sterling 87), Gabi Jesus
In the meantime, Spurs’ winless run still endures as they were defeated in a North London derby last weekend in Emirates. Nuno Santo’s men were rather hapless during the game, especially at the first half when they conceded three times already through Emile Smith Rowe, Piere Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka. Son Heung-min’s goal at the second half was more of a consolation here. they are not sitting just below The Gunners who have won three times consecutively, while Spurs are on the opposite side, losing in the last three fixtures.
Leeds Utd vs West Ham 1-2
Watford vs Newcastle United 1-1
Leicester vs Burnley 2-2
Brentford vs Liverpool 3-3
Southampton vs Wolves 0-1
Everton vs Norwich 2-0
Crystal Palace vs Brighton 1-1