Manchester United held Premier League leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge for some much-needed respite.
Liverpool kept on scoring, Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa honeymoon continued and snow was the winner at Burnley.
Here we look at five things we learned from the latest round of Premier League matches.
Ralf Rangnick’s arrival as interim manager at Manchester United cannot come quick enough. Caretaker Michael Carrick’s United might have held league-leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw but it was a point that belonged firmly to the fortunate category. Chelsea dominated the shots department – 24 to three – with Jadon Sancho gifted the opening goal by Jorginho’s mistake on the halfway line. It was a brave backs-to-the-wall exercise from United most of the time, and the experienced Rangnick knows he has a big job on to turn things around at Old Trafford.
Gerrard makes it look easy
Two games. Two wins. Steven Gerrard has hit the ground running at Aston Villa. A 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on the back of an opening success against Brighton had Gerrard become only the second Villa manager to win his first two Premier League games, after John Gregory in 1998. It is about to get a lot more difficult for Gerrard with Villa’s next three opponents being Manchester City, Leicester and his former club Liverpool. But, for now, Villa are looking upwards and not nervously over their shoulder.
Snow joke at Burnley
Winter struck early in the north as heavy snowfall was brought by Storm Arwen. Burnley’s clash with Tottenham at Turf Moor was called off a little under an hour before kick-off. Attempts to clear the pitch were in vain as the undersoil heating struggled to cope and snow fell as quickly as it could be removed. Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 in snowy conditions after the interval had been extended to clear the pitch.
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