7 THINGS LEARNT FROM PREMIER LEAGUE GAME-WEEK 34

Has Jose Mourinho lost the Special One tag?

1. Dubious VAR: Another game-week and the never ending controversy as to the effectiveness of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was one of the major talking points at the front burner and we would focus on three separate incidents from the week.

Bruno Fernandes earned and converted a dubious penalty for Manchester United after been deemed to have been fouled by Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa but in reality, the events happened the other way around.

If that shocking decision caught you off guard, then it meant you weren’t fully briefed from the previous day’s matches.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy inexplicably avoided a straight red card after catching Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi right in the face with his boot after the pair fell to the ground, a challenge which left the German with glaring stud marks.

Almost an hour later in the same game, substitute Eddie Nketiah was sent in for an early shower after appearing to catch James Justin, a numerical disadvantage which the Foxes later capitalised on. You just have to feel some sympathy for Mikel Arteta.

2. The Special vibe gone? What happened to the once untouchable master planner, the self acclaimed Special One?

Well, like every great thing in life, it does appear Jose Mourinho has gotten to the end of the cycle of his once magical managerial prowess and now feels like a regular Premier League manager.

If in doubt of these claims, you can ask both Chris Wilder and Eddie Howe on the strategy ‘how to humble Mourinho within a week’.

3. What’s in a name, Chelsea? Chelsea might have earned a nervy London derby victory away at Crystal Palace which took them a step towards achieving UEFA Champions League qualification but there were some interesting facts taken away from the Blues’ latest fixture.

Since publicly unveiling Telecommunication provider’s, 3 as their jersey sponsor, Chelsea have been involved in three successive Premier League games which has seen them either score or concede three goals (West Ham, Watford and Crystal Palace) and coincidentally moved above Leicester City into third-place!

4. De Gea hits the milestone: David De Gea became the overseas player with the most appearances for Manchester United by making a career 399th appearance for the Red Devils at Villa Park on Thursday night.

The Spaniard overtook legendary Peter Schemichel on the list on a day Manchester United became the first Premier League club to win four straight league matches by 3 or more goals.

5. Mo Salah is the man! Mohamed Salah proved he’s no one-season wonder last year, an impressive achievement he has reproduced in the historic title-winning campaign with the Reds.

The Egyptian forward netted a brace against Brighton to take his Premier League goal tally for the season to 19 goals and is just a goal away from hitting 20+ goals in three successive seasons.

6. Relegation spots, sealed, signed and delivered? Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth all look doomed for relegation at the end of the season.

The Canaries suffered a fifth straight defeat since the restart of the league, while Villa lost for a fourth game from five, Bournemouth fared slightly better by halting a four-game losing streak with a point at home to Tottenham.

Certainly there appears to be no going back and ray of hope for the struggling trio!

7. City, Liverpool creates history: Manchester City became the first Premier League club in history to have five players score 10 or more goals in a season, Riyad Mahrez the latest addition to the exclusive list which already had Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

On the same night, champions Liverpool also weighed in with a record of theirs, becoming the fastest club to hit 30 wins in a single league campaign, 34 games for the magical Reds to attain the milestone.

Manchester United cruised to a comfortable 3-0 away victory at Aston Villa, the fourth straight Premier League game won by three or more goals by the Red Devils

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