Friday, April 22, 2022

Mid-Week Results: Liverpool Embarrass Manchester United; Arsenal Shows Fight; Everton Rescues A Point; Burnley Heats Up Relegation Race

Liverpool humiliated Manchester United in a 4-0 victory at Anfield. Liverpool has outscored the Red Devils by an aggregate 9-0 in the two league matches between the historic rivals this season. Jurgen Klopp’s side thus becomes the first Premier League team to score at least eight goals against Manchester United in a single season. Mohamed Salah broke out of his scoring slump to score two goals for Liverpool while line mates Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane also struck for goals in punishing a poor Manchester United defense.

The game was no contest between the two mismatched sides. Manchester United was playing without Cristiano Ronaldo who was grieving the loss of his infant son. Supporters of both teams expressed their sympathy and support for the Portuguese legend in a seventh minute tribute. There are few positives this season for the Red Devils beyond Ronaldo and goalkeeper David De Gea. The club has now formally announced Ajax’s Erik ten Hag as their manager for next season. The task for the Dutchman will be enormous. Current interim manager and future consultant Ralph Rangnick has claimed that as many as ten new players will be required to change the club’s current trajectory.

Manchester City maintained its one-point lead over Liverpool with a 3-0 defeat of Brighton. All three goals came in the second half after the league leaders had struggled early to break down the Brighton defense. Mahrez, Foden and Silva found the net for the defending champions in second half play. Brighton has never won a Premier League match at Manchester City.

The Arsenal attack awoke from its slumbers to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat in a 4-2 defeat of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Eddie Nketiah got off the bench and out of Manager Mikel Arteta’s doghouse to score two goals in the Arsenal victory. The Gunners are now even on points with fourth place Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Champions League qualification. Chelsea, meanwhile, continued to display defensive frailty. Manager Thomas Tuchel has watched his club concede 11 goals in three consecutive home defeats across all competitions. A Richarlison goal in stoppage time versus Leicester could prove critical to Everton’s Premier League survival. The point gained in the 1-1 draw is the current difference between Everton and Burnley who are battling to avoid relegation. Current relegation zone occupant Burnley closed distance on Everton with its 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday. The Clarets won for the first time since the sacking of Manager Sean Dyche and declared themselves still in the fight for survival with the victory. Newcastle won its third consecutive league game and sixth consecutive home match in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Miguel Almiron’s 32nd minute goal was the difference for Newcastle as Crystal Palace managed just two shots on target. The Eagles have scored once in losing their last three matches across all competitions. 



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