September 29, 2015

United they stand on top of the pile

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Not since they were champions have Manchester United been atop the table.

That’s not the case anymore, as a victory over lowly Sunderland combined with Man City’s shock loss to Tottenham has put the Red Devils first in the EPL.

While many are quick to bash Louis Van Gaal’s team, the fact is that they have been picking points despite not looking great.

While the Citizens looked amazing in the first month of the season, injuries have taken their toll, with this 4-1 loss being their third in four games overall. With David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart all missing from the spine of this club, it’s no wonder they’ve been slipping. Things were so bad, even Harry Kane managed a goal – one of his typical opportunistic finishes.

As for United, it has some tough fixtures coming up which will surely put it to the test.

Visiting Arsenal and Everton before the Manchester Derby will show what this team is truly made of.

But for now, it’s the red side of Manchester that’s shooting off the fireworks – but for how long?


This was the game we’ve been waiting for from Alexis Sanchez.

After starting the season scoreless through six weeks, the Chilean winger hit a hat trick against Leicester City. In fact, he’s now the first player to score a hat trick in the top leagues from England, Spain and Italy.

Sanchez had been rather unlucky leading up to this outburst. He had his chances, but none were finding the net.

That has all changed.

His three goals against the Foxes should be a sign of things to come and not just a flash in the pan.

If I were United, I’d certainly be drawing up a gameplan to stop this Gunner from shooting them off their perch.


After such a strong start to the season, it’s a shame to see Callum Wilson go down with a serious-looking knee injury. He was the Cherries’ focal point up front and will be tough to replace … Has Chelsea finally woken up? All it may have taken was going down 2-0 against struggling Newcastle, but the Blues may have finally found their form. If Chelsea can play the way it did to close out this week’s match, there might be some hope at a title defence yet … It was one up, one down for Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge finally returns and now Christian Benteke is out with a hamstring injury. Sturridge showed up wearing his shooting boots, too, bagging a brace … Has Swansea hit a slump already? The Welsh side struggled in its loss to Southampton, with star forward Bafetimbi Gomes being subbed off at half after looking pretty poor in the first 45 minutes.

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