So who was it a good weekend for and who would just want to forget about it?
Man Utd's resolute defense means Solskjaer has passed the final test
Manchester United defended as a Jose Mourinho team on Sunday – a traditional Mourinho team that is , not the shambolic one that scurried nervously around Old Trafford in the first half of this season. Early in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure proved his willingness to return the club to the fast-paced, wing-focused attacking football of Sir Alex Ferguson's years, but here was proof that Solskjaer's tactical nous goes much deeper than that
In the first half, split strikers Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford dropped so deep they became auxiliary full-backs, cut off the passing lines from Liverpool's full-backs to Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah ̵
Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba were particularly impressive – Shaw squeezing Salah out of the game and Pogba tracking runners behind United left-back – but they were far from alone. It takes excellent coaching, as well as a motivated squad, to defend as well as United did. (19659005) Leicester City finally get rid of Claude Puel
Claude Puel has been appointed by Leicester in October 2017
It may be a bit cruel to say this is one of the best moments of the Premier League weekend, but Leicester fans deserve better than the prosaic possession of Claude Puel – and should have pulled the trigger a long time ago . After winning the Premier League title in 2016, Leicester is stuck in an existential crisis, and the only way to manage the club is to aim for silverware and exciting football.
Puel's decision to sacrifice the cups for league stability was unforgivable;
In Puel's defense, Leicester was in a more attacking line-up than usual this weekend as Youri Tielemans joined James Maddison and WIlfried Ndidi in a trio. Unsurprisingly, this selection left Ndidi with too much to do, and the opening two Crystal Palace goals came from Tielemans' poor defensive positioning in the middle.
Puel is a decent manager, but there is nothing remotely fun about his approach. Optimism for the future was impossible with the Frenchman in charge.
Miguel Almiron's home debut
Speaking of tedious football, Newcastle United fans have had little to cheer about in recent years, making the arrival of playmaker Miguel Amiron all the more exciting. The Paraguayan, signed from Atlanta, was superb on his home debut on Saturday, amassing a weekend-high six key passes and controlling the game as Newcastle beat Huddersfield Town 2-0.
Performing well against the Terriers does not necessarily mean all that much – Chelsea beat them 5-0 and Gonzalo Higuain scored a brace on his debut, a week before the Blues were beaten 6-0 by Man City – but still it was a perfect start for Amiron.
Arrizabalaga's revolt leaves Sarri on the brink
Manchester United's defensive shape meant that by the half-hour mark, Liverpool were already struggling to break through the lines and create chances. Consequently, it was a surprise to see Jurgen Klopp replace the injured Roberto Firmino with Daniel Sturridge rather than Xherdan Shaqiri, whose creativity in tight spaces is ideal for such a contest.
United's own injury problems meant Liverpool could have upped the tempo and made the breakthrough, but instead they were constantly hampered by Klopp's tactical changes
His second switch was to 4-4-2, replacing Jordan Henderson with Shaqiri. Liverpool struggled to keep United in their own half without Henderson sweeping up behind, and in such an unusual shape the visitors no longer passed the ball with confidence; Liverpool failed to record a single shot on goal after Henderson was withdrawn.
The final change saw Divock Origi coming, but the Belgian managed just three touches of the ball in 10 minutes.
Pochettino losing his cool at Turf Moor
Well, Burnley should not have been given that corner but one wrong decision from the referee – and a difficult one to spot that – is not an excuse for Mauricio Pochettino to lose his cool with Mike Dean in the way that he did. Some will shrug off Pochettino's outburst as a fit of passion, but when at grassroots level the referees are leaving the game in their tracks due to violence and intimidation from players, anyone in Pochettino's position must set a better example.
Tottenham still should have defended the corner better, while Burnley has a right to feel aggrieved about Spurs' equalizer, as Danny Rose took the throw-in ten yards forward from the correct position.
Aware of all these caveats, it seems unlikely Pochettino was purely shouting about the corner incident; his various frustrations – with the stadium delay, with the lack of transfer activity this season – bubbled to the surface as Tottenham's title ambitions vanished.