Premier League: Two Old Rivals on the Top and Tight Title Race

2021-01-05 English Premier League

The two old rivals in English football, Liverpool and Manchester United are now involved in a title race this year. Both are collecting the same points, 33, on the top. However, their last outings saw the degrading form of The Reds while Ole Solskjaer’s men have been on their positive trend. They also have one game less than Mo Salah and Co. Last weekend, Manchester United was quite lucky to win over Aston Villa 2-1. Bruno Fernandes’ penalty, once again gave them the crucial win after Bertrand Traore equalised the score sheet. Previously, Anthony Martial’s close range header already put United at front. Meanwhile, yesterday, Liverpool was unfortunate to lose 0-1 from Southampton on the road. The former Liverpool man ironically netted the only goal of the game. Moreover, Juergen Klopp’s potential penalties were instantly denied, not even reviewed by VAR and the referee.

Nevertheless, the title race does not belong to them only. This season, at least the other three teams below have the same potential to trip them and claim the top of the standings once they stumble. There are Leicester City with 32 points and Tottenham plus Manchester City with twenty nine points. Some other clubs such as Southampton and Everton have been surprising dark horse as well. They both also have the same points as Spurs and Guardiola’s men. No wonder that this season EPL has tighter competition, unlike any previous ones.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa 2-1

Goals: Anthony Martial (40), Bruno Fernandes (61); Bertrand Traore (58).

Man United: David De Gea – Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Aaron Wan Bissaka – Scott McTominay (Nemanja Matic 65), Fred (Axel Tuanzebe 93),Bruno Fernandes (Daniel James 87), Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford – Anthony Martial.

Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez – Tyron Mings, Ngoyo, Matt Target, Matthew Cash – Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Anwar El-Ghazi (Keinan Davis 84), Bertrand Traore (Jacob Ramsey), Jack Grealish – Ollie Watkins.

Southampton vs Liverpool 1-0

Goals: Danny Ings (2)

Southampton: Fraser Forster – Jan Bednarek, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Stephens – Moussa Djenepo (Nathan Talla 32), James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Amstrong, Diallo – Danny Ings (Daniel N’Lundulu 77), Theo Walcott (Yan Valery 82)

Liverpool: Alisson Brecker – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Andrew Robertson, Alexander Arnold (James Milner 77) – Thiago Alcantara, Gini Wijnaldum, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain (Xerdan Shaqiri 57) – Mo Salah, Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Other results:

Everton vs West Ham 0-1

Tottenham vs Leeds 3-0

Brighton vs Wolves 3-3

WBA vs Arsenal 0-4

Chelsea vs Manchester City 1-3

Newcastle vs Leicester 1-2

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United 2-0

Burnley vs Fulham (postponed)