A review of last weekend’s EPL games as Manchester United continue to surge 6

A review of last weekend’s EPL games as Manchester United continue to surge ahead in their pursuit of the Premier League while holders Manchester City continue to drop points and lose ground. Elsewhere, Champions League holders Chelsea fall again and heap more pressure on interim manager Rafael Benitez

Rooney scores again

Rooney scores again

Manchester United continued to plow ahead picking up their 35 out of possible 39 points. They faced a Fulham side who they had recently beat 4-1 in a far too easy affair. On this occasion Fulham were up for the challenge as both teams created good opportunities to score, but were halted by either good goal keeping or the woodwork. United’s Wayne Rooney stepped up late in the game to settled the result scoring his 7 goal in 8 games. The win pushes United 9 points clear of second place Manchester city.

Manchester City’s mission to retain their crown looks increasingly difficult as they continue to drop points. On this occasion the points were shared by an impressive Liverpool team. If not for an incredible Aguerro goal after an error in judgment by Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, Liverpool would have walked away with all three points. In an enthralling end to end game Liverpool looked deserved winners as Steven Gerrard rolled back the clock to score a 25 yard volley. The 2-2 result is a huge dent into City’s title chances as City manager Roberto Mancini, believes that his side will need to win all their final 13 fixtures to have a chance of retaining their title.

In the shock result of the weekend Chelsea lose to Newcastle 3-2 with two goals from new signing Mussa Sissoko. In a dramatic come from behind Newcastle staged a dramatic comeback to win the game and get their season back on track. The loss heaps more pressure in Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, who will be lucky to see out the season. For Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, the win eases the pressure on him and the new signings look to be enough to carry them out of relegation trouble. Chelsea drop to 16 points behind league leaders Manchester United

Arsenal entertained Stoke at their Emirates stadium and the visitors Stoke brought their usual game. They were tough resolute, determined and hard to play against. Arsenal come in confidence after a good result against Liverpool in midweek and good individual performances. It took a controversial goal off a free kick to get Arsenal on the scoreboard and secure the win and all 3 points.

Norwich without a win in 7 games faced a QPR side still reside at the bottom of the league but they are confident as they have not conceded a goal in 3 of their last 4 games, thanks in large part to the heroics of Brazilian net minder Julio Cesar. QPR had a chance to win the game when they were awarded a penalty kick late in the game but Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn saved Adel Taarabt’s second-half spot-kick

Tottenham beat 10 men West Bromwich Albion with a great goal from the ever improving Gareth Bale. Bale was by miles the best player on he field and came close to scoring on numerous occasions. The 1-0 win extends Spurs run to 9 games with only one lost in 13 games. The win keeps their pursuit for Champions league football in full swing, closing in on Chelsea, while maintaining their lead over fellow top 4 hopefuls Arsenal and Everton.

Elsewhere, Everton faced relegation strugglers Aston Villa with aims of maintaining their push for a champions league spot. They were stunned early however, as Villa’s Christian Benteke popped up to score in the first 2 minutes. The match swung back and forth but it was the Belgium’s, Benteke and Marouane Fellaini’, scoring two each, that led their clubs to and eventual 3-3 draw.

Down at the bottom end of the table relegation strugglers Wigan and Southampton squared off with each other. They ended up splitting the points after a hard-fought with a 2-2 draw.

Another great weekend of football and the league leaders Manchester United come closer to getting their hands on the premiership trophy.