Three Things: Everton vs. Manchester United

Posted by Richard Jolly

David De Gea can't keep out Kevin Mirallas' shot which doubled Everton's advantage.GettyImagesKevin Mirallas' goal doubled Everton's lead after Leighton Baines' opener.

Reaction to Everton's 2-0 win vs. Manchester United in the Premier League.

1. Moyes' depressing return

On the previous occasion David Moyes emerged from the Goodison Park tunnel, he was granted a guard of honour. This time, his arrival was accompanied by a chorus of boos. While Moyes hoped to maintain a low profile on his way to the dugout, letting both teams and the Everton coaching staff appear before him, there was no chance. The Evertonians who cheered him in May as an 11-year reign approached its end have changed their opinion of the "Moyesiah. Continue Reading...

Three Things: Norwich vs. Liverpool

Posted by John Brewin

Robert Snodgrass shows his frustration after Liverpool netted their third.GettyImagesRobert Snodgrass shows his frustration after Liverpool netted their third.

NORWICH, England -- Three observations from Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Liverpool wobble to victory

Liverpool seized on the slip-ups of Chelsea and Manchester City in beating Norwich City, but betrayed the nerves of glory growing so close. Liverpool's away victory left the pair chasing them with absolutely no margin for error, though Blue hearts might be lifted by a second-half performance pockmarked by panicky defending.

Having initially strutted after two early goals, the Reds were troubled by Norwich’s second-half efforts, but they ultimately fell short. Continue Reading...

Mourinho loses home record, ground in title race and his temper

Posted by Miguel Delaney

Jose Mourinho exchanges words with referee Mike Dean during Chelsea's defeat to Sunderland.GettyImagesJose Mourinho exchanges words with referee Mike Dean during Chelsea's defeat to Sunderland.

LONDON -- By the end, Chelsea's only response was a rather impotent rage. There was no great siege, no grand missed chance, only Jose Mourinho's angry sarcasm.

That is the deeper issue beyond the club's otherwise justifiable complaints about the refereeing in this remarkable 2-1 defeat to Sunderland. A failure to finish -- both chances and the job at hand -- has led Mourinho to lose his long unbeaten home record, lose the initiative in the title race and ultimately lose his temper. Continue Reading...

Three Things: Tottenham vs. Fulham

Posted by John Brewin

Clive Rose/Getty ImagesKaboul scored Spurs' final goal but looked sufficiently shaky at the back.

LONDON -- Second-half goals from Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul pushed Tottenham to a big 3-1 home win vs. struggling Fulham. Here are three things from Saturday's early Premier League clash ...

1. Fulham's crosses to bear

Fulham's slide to the Championship is not yet inevitable but they must defend far better in their remaining three matches if there can be any chance of survival. Felix Magath's team had an initial look of organisation, only to become a blubbering wreck whenever Tottenham crossed the ball into their penalty area. Continue Reading...

Three Things: Manchester City vs. Sunderland

Posted by Richard Jolly

Connor Wickham celebrates his second goal against Manchester City.PA PhotosWickham's double damaged Manchester City's title chances and boosted Sunderland's hopes of staying up.

MANCHESTER -- Reaction to a 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Sunderland in the Premier League.

1. City's title challenge is all but over

It is mathematically still possible, and Manchester City won their previous league title when they were eight points behind the leaders with six games to go, but there is unlikely to be a repeat this season; their chances hang by the slimmest of threads now. Defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was forgivable -- Brendan Rodgers’ side are irresistible right now and Manuel Pellegrini’s men contributed much to a magnificent game -- but this was an opportunity missed. Continue Reading...

Three Things: Arsenal vs. West Ham

Posted by Miguel Delaney

Lukas Podolski celebrates after scoring his second against West Ham.GettyImagesLukas Podolski celebrates after scoring his second against West Ham.

LONDON -- Reaction to Arsenal's 3-1 Premier League win vs. West Ham.

1. That old feeling ...

Arsenal finally experience the feeling of being back in front, and not just in the race for fourth. Remarkably, Olivier Giroud’s 55th-minute strike was the first time Arsene Wenger’s side had taken a lead in 355 minutes, and this eventual 3-1 win represented their first victory in seven matches.

It puts Arsenal a point ahead of Everton again, albeit having played a game more. Continue Reading...

Three Things: Getafe vs. Atletico Madrid

Posted by Dermot Corrigan

Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty ImagesDiego Costa showed his class vs. Getafe, but how bad is his injury?

GETAFE, Spain -- Diego Godin and Diego Costa both scored in Atletico's 2-0 win at Getafe, but an injury to the talismanic striker took some shine off a victory that saw them restore their three-point lead atop La Liga. Here are three things from Sunday's clash:

1. Costa back, then out again?

Costa returned to the starting lineup after 10 days out with a thigh strain and was straight into the battle from kickoff. The striker was immediately running directly at Getafe's centre-backs and roving right across the front line. Continue Reading...

Three Things: Swansea City vs. Chelsea

Posted by Miguel Delaney

Michael Steele/Getty ImagesDemba Ba's goal could prove crucial in the Prem title race.

SWANSEA, Wales -- Demba Ba's second-half goal was enough to keep Chelsea in the Prem title picture as the Blues beat 10-man Swansea 1-0. Here are three things from the Liberty Stadium ...

1. The title race tilts again

They haven’t gone away. By contrast, after a day in which Chelsea's fixture at Swansea was very much the afterthought -- and after weeks in which they seemed to have fallen away in the title race -- they are vigorously coming back into visibility. Continue Reading...

Beating City confirms LFC's title belief, credentials

Posted by John Brewin

Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty ImagesLiverpool appear to be in charge of the Prem title race.

LIVERPOOL, England -- "We're gonna win the league" was ringing out around Anfield from Liverpool fans a full two hours before kickoff. What seemed a premature prediction had bordered on certainty, only for Manchester City to stage a two-goal comeback. Had David Silva's toe got a fuller connection on a Sergio Aguero cross, the visitors might have led Liverpool, taking the whip hand in the title race with them.

Instead, Vincent Kompany supplied the loose touch that sprayed to Philippe Coutinho to seize the moment and give Liverpool a precious 3-2 lead. Continue Reading...

Three things: Wigan vs. Arsenal

Posted by John Brewin

LONDON -- Three observations from Arsenal's FA Cup semifinals win (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) over Wigan at Wembley Stadium.

1. Dismal Arsenal squeeze through

Arsenal’s FA Cup dreams live on, but first they had to avert a nightmare and hold their nerve in a penalty shootout. Santi Cazorla converted their fourth of four, but the hero had been goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, a player headed for the Emirates exit door this summer.

When the Pole saved Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison missed Wigan’s first two penalties, the die was cast. Continue Reading...

Cottagers claim critical win as Norwich plummet

Posted by James Horncastle

Hugo RodallegaGettyImagesHugo Rodallega scored his second winning goal in as many games.

LONDON -- On the map of London Underground, the Circle and District lines that take you in the direction of Craven Cottage are yellow and green, the colours of Norwich City. Stood at the platform at Notting Hill before their side met Fulham, I overheard a couple of their supporters hoping that it augured well.

Their team, as they were no doubt painfully aware, has not travelled at all well all season. Norwich are without a win on the road this year -- their last was at West Brom on Dec. Continue Reading...

Man United's UCL dream ends; what's next?

Posted by Mark Lomas

Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesMan Utd fought hard against Bayern but now face an uncertain future.

MUNICH -- In a season that has seen Manchester United supporters endure plenty of pathetic displays, Thursday morning brought pathetic fallacy.

Twenty-four hours earlier, fans lolloped in Munich's biergartens with the sun shining and steins of beer flowing as freely as the musical tributes to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the conqueror of Bayern on that mythical night in 1999. On Thursday, supporters may have felt more at home; the pouring rain that greeted them reminded of Manchester, the foreboding cloud indicative of a fear of what the future might bring. Continue Reading...