What The Weekend Taught Us
By Sukhvir Singh
Wasteful United need Alexis Sanchez more than Man City do:
Looking at Saturday’s tight 1-0 win away at Burnley, Manchester United’s forwards spent the last 20 minutes of the game spurning counter attack after counter attack. A bit of craft was needed and a few more smartly timed runs here and there, would have widened the gap between United and a dogged Burnley side. A lot of it can either be put down to a lack of confidence in front of goal, for Romelu Lukaku or because of inexperience, in the guise of Marcus Rashford. With the signing of Alexis Sanchez now confirmed, United boast a bonafide star in their ranks. A player capable of putting together and finishing lightning quick counter attacks, Sanchez will look to bring a ruthless edge to a United side that are capable of blowing teams away, but need a leader up front to coax that killer instinct out of them. Alexis Sanchez can be that man for Manchester United. While at City he would be another piece of the puzzle, a foil for either Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus, at United he will be a guaranteed first choice forward, and most likely will have the team built around him. Whether it’s going to be as a number 10 or on either wing, United’s first teamers will look for Sanchez at every single opportunity, giving him ample ammunition to try and sharp shoot their rivals.
Formulaic Spurs struggle without Eriksen:
Tottenham had more than enough of the ball away at Southampton on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but they barely created any clear cut chances. We all know that if Harry Kane is given a chance, he will bury it, but without their playmaker in chief, Christian Eriksen, Tottenham looked toothless as they came forward at a porous Southampton defence, but they were unable to find a breakthrough in open play. While it was only 1 player who was missing from their usual front 4, it shows the importance of Eriksen and also the lack of depth in an otherwise talented squad. January reinforcements may prove to be vital in the race for the top 4, Malcom being mentioned as a target for Spurs, who may possibly bring that X factor to the first team.
Chelsea and Arsenal impress before Carabao Cup clash:
Ahead of a game which might shape both teams season, Chelsea and then Arsenal blew Brighton and Crystal Palace away on Saturday afternoon. In the early kick off, Eden Hazard was back to his imperious best, as he led Brighton’s back 3 a merry dance, flicks and tricks galore were on show as his partner in crime, Willian, blasted in one of the goals of the season. Ably aided by League Winning, Twitter Legend, Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea look a good bet to reach the League Cup final.
Standing in their way, will be an Arsenal side who are being led by the creative talents of Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil. Both linked up wonderfully with Alexander Lacazette, who finally notched to end his goal drought after not scoring for 9 games. With Mkhitaryan now arriving at the Emirates, Arsenal’s season needs a shot in the arm, and a win in the Carabao Cup Semi Final could provide a real boost to a team who desperately need to finish in the top 4.
If Wednesday’s encounter is anything like the thriller that kicked off 2018, rather than the dour first leg with these 2 teams, then we will be in for a treat!