This week was full of Italian and Spanish action, but with many matches postponed in the premiership, it seems that it affected Arsenal and Manchester United, both drawing with opposition that they would normally expect to get a win.
Manchester United drew 1-1 with a fantastic Birmingham, sound in defence and deadly when going forward, Birmingham are now in a fantastic eighth place, proving that working as a team is more important than throwing big money players on a pitch. Manchester United on the other hand were slow and unable to break down Birmingham's tough defence, with the recent financial troubles revealed, we could see the beginning of the end for Manchester United. Especially since their deal with Sporting Lisbon expired (a deal that brought players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani to Old Trafford), United could be losing their power in european football, and on an interesting side note, who did Sporting get a new deal to replace the United deal with? Manchester City.
In the beginning of the year, this fixture ended 6-1 for Arsenal at Goodison Road, but with an assist providing Donovan, Everton put Arsenal to the test. The final score (2-2) does not show the difficulty that Arsenal had breaking down Everton, and with both goals being deflected shots (one in the 90th minute), Everton could be considered the better side. A header by Osman and a chip/scoop by Pienaar over Almunia should have been worthy enough for a win.
Manchester City continue their domination lead by Roberto Mancini, Tevez scored a hat trick and Micah Richards could be revitalizing his career after his goal scored to make it 4-1 for City. With two of Tevez's goals being identical right foot instep curls from the top of the box, Richards tapped one in after the ball ricocheted off the post. A great win for City, which will now be thinking of challenging for the title thanks to three straight wins under Mancini.
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