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Man City and Arsenal gain ground on Chelsea – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 18th, 2010 by Ian

Man City and Arsenal gain ground on Chelsea
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Manchester United continued their poor form of late by giving away another two goal lead and settling for a draw against a weaker team. This time it was a 2-2 draw at home at Old Trafford against newly promoted West Brom. United took a 2-0 lead on goals by Javier Hernandez in the fifth minute and Nani in the 25th.

United keeper Edwin van der Saar was in poor form and a Patrice Evra own goal made the score 2-1. Just five minutes later Somen Tchoyi leveled the score at 2-2. United Striker Wayne Rooney didn’t start the game, but he came on in the 72nd second minute as a substitute for Anderson.

United is still the only undefeated team in the league, but has thrown away 10 points in five draws against relatively weak teams. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson should also be held accountable as he’s been sitting Rooney on the bench for most games. If he wants to regain the league title he should be experienced enough by now to realize he has to field his best 11 to start each match.

It was another wasted opportunity for United to gain points on league-leading Chelsea as the London club was held to a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. Chelsea still sits on top of the English Premier league with 19 points after eight games, followed by Manchester City with 17, Arsenal with 14, and Manchester united and Tottenham Hotspur with 14 as well.

Arsenal gained ground by beating Birmingham 2-1 at home, while Spurs pulled off a 2-1 away win at Fulham. Manchester City beat Blackpool 3-2 away in the best game of the weekend and were lucky to earn all three points.

At the other end of the table, the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park wasn’t too bad with Everton earning a 2-0 win on goals by Tim Cahill in the 34th minute and Mikel Arteta in the 50th. It was a bleak beginning for Liverpool’s new owners and it’s doubtful the club will improve anytime soon as ownership had very little to do with the team’s poor showing.

It can be boiled down to a poor squad left by former manager Rafael Benitez, poor efforts by the players and bad managing by Roy Hodgson. Liverpool now sits in 19th place with six points, the same amount as the last placed club West Ham.

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