By Afolabi Adetunji Lagos, Nigeria.
Manchester United took on Bournemouth on Saturday and it all ended in a stalemate. Manchester United continue to fail to make a huge statement of intent in their league matches at Old Trafford this season.
The match which seemed to have been in favour of the Red Devils ended some how in favour of the away team Bournemouth having been a man down as a result of red card in the first half of the game. For Bournemouth team a draw is something to think about. In the first half of the game, Bournemouth concede a red card and were handed the responsibility to continue the rest of the game with 10 players.
In the second half, Manchester United continue to probe the away teams defence as they sought for a winning goal. Lauching several attacks on Bournemouth defence but amounted to nothing. Artur Boruc Bournemouth goal keeper was outstanding and brilliantly saved most of United attempts on goal. Luckily enough, United were awarded a penalty. Ordinarily one would have thought that would seal the game but it wasn’t so. Just when United would have been in front and avail themselves of the longing standing in the sixth position in the premier league table, Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the spot kick and the struggle for a winning goal continued. The match ended in a frustrating stalemate for United fans. It is worthy of note that United have now been occuping the sixth position for the past 139 days.
Tottenham reduced the gap between themselves and Chelsea to 7 points but Chelsea are yet to play a league game. Chelsea will face West Ham on Monday night. Tottenham hosted Everton in a match that saw the two of premier leagues finest strikers for last season and this season face one another. The match ended in 3-2 in favour of Tottenham. They have a fantastic home record this season as they remain unbeaten. They endeavour to see that the record remains unbroken as they defeated Everton.
Harry Kane put the team in front with two goals. Romelu Lukaku reponded with a goal to reduce the deficit. Dele Ali restored the two goals lead thereafter Substitute Enner Valencia scored for Everton but it was a day late a dollar short for Everton with only seconds left to the end of added stoppage time. Despite the victory Tottenham continue to trail the league leaders Chelsea.
Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored respectively to secure maximum 3 points in their league match against Sunderland. Sunderland seemingly endless struggle with relegation continues and have failed to win matches as they remain at the bottom of the table. Aguero continue to show his goal scoring abilty as he put his team in front in the first half. They goal marked his 115th premier league goal for the club. A remarkable achievement for the Argentine striker. Leroy Sane scored the second to double the lead for Manchester City. Sunderland defeat now means they have only one win in their last 10 games. The struggle of leaving the relegation zone becomes more intense for David Moyes team.
The top four teams currently are Chelsea with 63 points, Tottenham second with 56 points, Manchester City have 55 points and Liverpool with 52 points. Arsenal and Manchester United are seeking to ocuppy the top four spot as this would allow them secure a place in the next UEFA champions league.
The teams battling to escape relegation are Middlesbrough with 22 points, Hull city with 21 points and Sunderland remain at the bottom with 19 points.
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