Another weekend of EPL matches. The biggest story of the week would be United’s loss to City at home. Newcastle, meanwhile, is still looking for that elusive first win under Keegan. Spurs continue to improve under Ramos, with their latest win over Derby. Chelsea, failed to take advantage of United’s loss as they share the spoils with Liverpool.
As United paid tribute to the Busby Babes, donning the classic United jersey of that era, City stole the limelight of the day by standing firm against the onslaught of United’s second half pressure. Both City goals were scored in the first half. The first, by Darrius Vassel after being given a second attempt at goal. His first was parried by Van der Sar straight into his path for the second time.
Just before the half, City stroke again. This time it was Benjani, in his debut match for City. Off a cross by Petrov from the right, Benjani’s minute flick on was enough to guide the ball pass every one into the United goal. Thus, at half time, it was United 0 – 2 City.
United gave their all in the second half. Putting tremendous pressure on the City defense. City stood firm. All United could muster was a consolation goal deep in injury time. M. Carrick drove a thunderous right footer from the edge of the box.
It was United’s 50th Anniversary of the Munich air disaster. City however, stole the limelight with a historic feat of their own. It’s their first win in Old Trafford since 1974.
Over at Pride Park, Derby’s woeful season continues as they fall prey to Spurs’ second half awakening. Both teams failed to put anything on the score sheet in the first. Chances were many, but none were converted into goals by neither teams.
Halfway through the second half, R. Keane made his mark by stabbing home from close range. S. Malbranque let out a fiery shot from the top of the box. Roy Carrol could only parry it into the path of the oncoming R.Keane. Keane, thus, gleefully stab the ball home for his 19th goal of the season.
Late in the second, with only 8 minutes left, A.Lennon’s corner found Chimbonda who guided his header towards Kaboul. Kaboul then sidestepped a defender before letting out his scorcher into the left corner of the goal for Spurs’ second of the night. D. Berbatov, later added the icing by converting a penalty in time added on.
In Villa Park, Newcastle continued to struggle for that highly elusive first win for Keegan. M. Owen, once again got his name on the score sheet as he headed home Milner’s cross just four minutes into the game. Then it all went downhill for them as Villa’s J. Carew recorded his hattrick and Bouma scoring his first ever goal for Villa after 3 years or service.
Here’s how the weekend matches fared:
- Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool
- Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
- West Ham United 1-1 Birmingham City
- Everton 1-0 Reading
- Derby County 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
- Sunderland 2-0 Wigan Athletic
- Middlesbrough 1-0 Fulham
- Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Portsmouth
- Aston Villa 4-1 Newcastle United
Go Tottenham Hotspurs!!!