The only man standing in the way of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (OGS) bid of winning the Premier League manager of the month back to back is Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola. While OGS led Manchester United to 4 wins and a draw in 5 league games in the month of February, Guardiola and his City team weighed in with 5 wins from 5 games over the same period.
Crystal Palace played host to Manchester United in this tricky tie. Tricky because Palace held United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture and now the Red Devils are without 9 key players for this game and if you add Marcus Rashford who is struggling with an ankle knock but made it to the bench then the Red Devils had 10 first team players out. The United injury worry gave the junior team members; James Garner, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood a chance to rub shoulders with the A-Team. Only James Garner was able to come off the bench to play a part in the game. He came on for Brazil born Fred in the 90th minute to become 230th Academy player to play for the United’s first team.
Manchester United were however able to clip the wings of The Eagles winning 3:1. Romelu Lukaku (2) and Ashley Young scored the goals for the Red Devils with Joel Ward getting the consolatory goal for Palace.
The Red Devils however remain 5th on the log as Arsenal held on to 4th after beating Bournemouth 5:1 at the Emirates Stadium. Chelsea won the battle of London beating Tottenham Hotspur 2:0 to dent the latter’s title hopes and dragging them into the battle for the top 4.
Liverpool did their chances of winning their first ever Premier League title a whole lot of good by thrashing Watford 5:0. Sadio Mane’s second goal in this tie was one for the cameras. Manchester City piled the pressure on Liverpool with an unconvincing 1:0 win over West Ham to ensure they remain a point behind the Kops.
Fulham’s chances of remaining in the Premier League were further dampened by Southampton, losing 2:0 nil to the Saints at the Saint Mary’s Stadium.
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