Game of the Weekend
Manchester United’s encounter against Newcastle it was a tight but still interesting clash. United took the initiative when it came to attacking but Alan Pardew’s side always looked dangerous on the break. The Red Devils have played worse this season and come away with all three points. Perhaps Saturday’s result was a bit of karma then as Ferguson’s troops turned in a good performance lacking a clinical edge. For Newcastle though, a great result with some brilliant last ditch defending to boot.
Save of the Weekend
Tim Krul may have been the busier of the two keepers at Old Trafford. However, David De Gea’s save from Fabricio Coloccini’s half volley early in the second half was terrific. The young Spaniard displayed brilliant reflexes in tipping the Argentinian’s effort over the bar. After a midweek mistake against Benfica, saves like that can only help to rebuild his confidence.
Player of the Weekend
Whilst those with attacking flair nearly always take the plaudits, this weekend saw some magnificent performances between the sticks. The Newcastle ‘keeper Tim Krul had to be at his very best to keep United at bay. He was unlucky to concede in any case as Steven Taylor’s clearance rebounded kindly off Javier Hernandez. However, Krul pulled off a string of saves late on to earn a valuable point for Newcastle in their quest for European football.
Surprise of the Weekend
Aside from Robin van Persie not scoring, the fact the Gunners didn’t overcome Fulham was a sizeable shock. The Cottagers are notorious for their poor away form. However, they turned in a disciplined performance at the Emirates on Saturday evening to ensure they got a share of the spoils. The result ended Arsenal’s run of five consecutive league victories. Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his side can get back on track at the DW Stadium.
Defensive Mishap of the Weekend
Once upon a time in the North East, there was the Newcastle centre back partnership between Titus Bramble and Jean Alain Boumsong, somewhat cruelly known as the Chuckle Brothers Live Show. In what appeared to be a tribute act in nearby Sunderland, Wes Brown and ‘keeper Keiren Westwood decided to play about with the ball in their own half in the final minutes of their clash against Wigan. However, Brown was tackled by McArthur and he rolled in Di Santo for a simple tap in leaving the Sunderland pair red faced. The Latics with an important victory thanks to a lapse in concentration.
As an impassioned football fan, it was terribly sad to see the news on Sunday morning that Gary Speed had passed away. Condolences go out to his family and friends at what must be a very difficult time.
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