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Premier League: Alex Keble's Best & Worst from the Premier League weekend – Football



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 ̵

1; one of Jurgen Klopp's favorite moves. It was the tactical highlight of a stoic defensive performance from United, who remained just as stubborn in the second half when Solskjaer switched to a 4-5-1.

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: Sacked by Leicester City

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.

The Worst

Arrizabalaga's revolt leaves Sarri on the brink

 Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was fuming with Kepa Arrizabalaga </p>
<p> The 25-year-old could be the difference maker as Newcastle look to avoid the drop. 19659009] Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was fuming with Kepa Arrizabalaga </p>
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<p> It was a truly extraordinary moment, one that may well be remembered for years to come as a defining emblem of the failed Maurizio Sarri experiment; Chelsea has never been the power of Chelsea, but he has never looked so helpless and embarrassed on the Wembley touchline. </p>
<p> There is no surely no way he can come back from this humiliation, no matter how blameless he was or how he dignified his responses in the post-match press conference </p>
<p> Perhaps the most damning element of the scene was how few Chelsea players came to their manager's aid. David Luiz half-heartedly talked to Kepa Arrizabalaga, but where were the others? </p>
<p> Where was the captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, who in an united dressing room would have physically dragged his revolting goalkeeper from the pitch? Faced with an unprecedented revolt, the Chelsea players just stood and watched. </p><div><script async src=

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.

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