Manchester United drew 2-2 with Southampton on Monday night, putting their place in next season’s Champions League in question once again, and Paul Scholes laid the blame at the feet of Victor Lindelof.
The form United had shown since the return of football added with recent losses for rivals Chelsea and Leicester City put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in the driving seat to finish in the top four.
However on Monday they dropped points for just the second time since the Premier League restarted as Michael Obafemi scored in injury time to deny United third place with just three games left.
Speaking after the match, United legend Scholes blamed defender Lindelof for his part in the equaliser. “Lindelof I think has to be stronger there,” the former midfielder told Premier League Productions.
“He has to be goal side. He allows himself to get a little bit bullied by the centre forward as he manages gets a foot in.
“I don’t think Lindelof really reads the danger there as he should do as a centre half.”
United were looking for their fifth league win in-a-row and it would have taken them above both Chelsea and Leicester and into third for the first time this season.
After a tough opening for the hosts, Stuart Armstrong deservedly put the Saints 1-0 up on 12 minutes before Solskjaer’s side finally found their rhythm.
Anthony Martial set up Marcus Rashford for the first and then the Frenchman did most of the tough work for a magnificent second as the Champions League chasers scored twice in three minutes to lead in the 23rd minute.
Ralph Hassenhutl’s side were never out of the game and as time ticked on in the second half they began to dominate.
Solskjaer, who’s side has been the same for the previous five games, had to withdraw Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes as both midfielder’s games were slightly off.
Luke Shaw picked up an injury and was replaced by Brandon Williams but the young full-back had to come off after a clash of heads and United had to play out the final few minutes with 10 men, having already used three substitution windows,
Obafemi’s deserved equaliser then came in the additional added on time from Williams’ injury and, to rub salt in the wound for Solskjaer’s side, the striker had come on for Oriol Romeu who was lucky not to be sent off in the first half.
Of course United have had their own share of good luck with referee decisions in recent times so couldn’t complain too much.
The draw means the race for the top four is still wide open. Chelsea still have to face Liverpool and Wolves before the end of the season whilst Leicester and United play each other on the final day.
Pierre Aubameyang: Gabon’s captain powers Arsenal to European football with FA Cup performance
Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal win the 2019/2020 English FA Cup trophy after scoring twice for the Gunners against Chelsea on Saturday August 1, 2020 at the Wembley Stadium
Playing his 109th game for the London outfit in what football pundits predicted will be the Gabonese’s last match for Arteta and Arsenal, the 31 year old Gunners captain showed class and determination to perform despite transfer rumors.
After seeing his side concede early on into the game through a Christian Pulisic 5th minute strike, the ex-Borrussia Dortmund man brought parity to the game from the penalty spot at the 28th minute after a fowl on him by Blue’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Gabonese and Gunners captain showed yet another level of class and beauty in the second segment with a 67th minute finish after making a shift run and dribbling past 2 Chelsea’s defenders before slotting in over helpless Willy Caballero to put scores at 2-1 for manager Mikel Arteta and squad. This, helping Arsenal earn its 14th FA Cup title and a place in next season’s Europa League football [Europe’s second most coveted club competition] alongside his Ivorian African brother Nicolas Pepe.
Saturday’s FA Cup triumph did not only come as an honor to prevent a trophy-less season for Arsenal but also served as an indirect determiner on Aubameyang’s future at the club. The former AC Milan and Saint Etienne forward who has netted 70 goals in 109 matches for the Gunners, have entered the final year of his contract for Arsenal with his current contract to expire on June 31, 2020. He is still to accept a contract extension despite offers from the club.
A situation, football experts including England’s Alan Shearer opines is risky for the club, failing to renew the contract of a player as important as Aubameyang to Arsenal who scored 22 goals in the 2019/2020 Premier League season, falling one goal short of Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy. It is expected the FA Cup win will convince him to stay at the Emirates ground for a while.
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Premier League: Manchester City Gives Liverpool its 19th Premier League Title, Ends 30 Years Title Drought
Liverpool was crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea. After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s massive lead at the top became mathematically unassailable and the historic moment was all theirs.
Liverpool has been crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after second-placed City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift. Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.
The Reds placed both hands on the trophy with an impeccable record of 28 victories, two draws, and just a single defeat, ending their 30-year wait for a league title.
Liverpool has become the butt of so many jokes over the years with Manchester United accelerating past them to 20 league titles with 13 plaques coming in the Premier League era.
Liverpool got the favor they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Willian’s 78th-minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had canceled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.
Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.
It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.
The three-month delay was a final obstacle on Liverpool’s long road back to the pinnacle of English football.
Before next season becomes a topic of conversation, though, there are still so many records Liverpool can break and their immaculate win rate suggests it could be a formality.
The Merseyside club is on course to accumulate the most home and away wins as well as the largest margin of victory to go with their record of the earliest ever title win.
And their current total of 86 points tees them up nicely to break Manchester City’s record of 100 during the 2017/18 season with room to spare.
Manchester City had won the last two Premier League titles, but their campaign for a ‘three-peat’ never really gathered momentum and their next game, well, comes against Liverpool themselves.
It will be a painful moment for Pep Guardiola and co if they follow what has become a Premier League tradition of staging a guard of honor for the newly-crowned champions.
Klopp has become the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.
Infusing his players with a belief in his “heavy metal” football and high-tempo “Gegen-pressing” game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.
Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.
It should be noted that they won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.
Liverpool was pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.
But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.
Premier League: Tottenham Confirms One Positive Case Of Coronavirus After The Fifth Testing Exercise.
Tottenham have confirmed they have received the only positive test for coronavirus from the fifth round of Premier League testing results.
The fifth batch of tests took place on Monday June 01 and Tuesday June 02 2020.
A statement from Tottenham reads: “We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our Training Centre”.
Due to medical confidentiality, the individual’s name will not be disclosed.
They are currently asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, in line with Premier League protocol, before undergoing further testing.
We shall continue to strictly adhere to the Premier League’s Return to Training protocol, which ensures our Training Centre remains a safe and virus-free working environment.
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