Football Chat: Manchester teams divided, Liverpool see red and a fine weekend for the promoted trio

Gary Newbon

torres 286x300 Football Chat: Manchester teams divided, Liverpool see red and a fine weekend for the promoted trio

A fine game for Torres was overshadowed by a dreadful miss

Penalty miss aside, Wayne Rooney is on fire

Manchester United are often slow starters but not this season! It’s their best start ever in the Premier League with maximum points of 15 from five matches. Wayne Rooney has scored in every league game and should have added two more to this seasons tally after his first half goal in the 3-1 win over Chelsea. Rooney missed a penalty in strange fashion when he slipped over, but he is still the best!

Fernando Torres and that open goal

Fernando Torres missed one of the great chances after rounding David De Gea and finding the goal wide open before missing with a left footed shot! He scored well earlier in the second half but his £50m move from Liverpool is full of disappointment at present…

Manchester City drop two points

Manchester City have made a fine signing in Sergio Aguero. His two goals at Fulham (his eighth in five Premier League games) should have been enough to preserve Manchester City’s 100 per cent record. But no, Fulham showed great character to fight back with goals from Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy, via a huge deflection.

Liverpool red cards were deserved

Kenny Dalglish has got a thing about referees and Liverpool at the moment. He chose, wisely, not to comment on referee Mike Jones’ decision to send off two Liverpool players Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel. Having studied all four yellow cards I thought the referee was correct. It was not a conspiracy or bad judgement as Spurs were always the better side at White Hart Lane, sendings off or not.

QPR, Norwich and Swansea win

The three promoted teams QPR, Norwich and Swansea all won on Saturday. At the start of the season I stated only Norwich would survive but the recent take-over at QPR has seen a big cash injection and with it new signings. I am still not convinced they’ll survive but their chances have certainly improved. Norwich have a very good young manager in Paul Lambert and their home form is key to survival. What about Swansea? I love to watch them but its going to be a long hard season and I cannot see them staying in the Premier League.

A familiar tale with Barton

Neil Warnock was right when he said if Joey Barton did not have these streaks in his make-up he would not be playing for QPR. His behaviour on Saturday was silly to say the least. He does not have to do this especially when he is playing so well and his side are winning like they did at Molineux. The three-nil scoreline at Wolves was a great return for the Hoops.

Tierney over reacted

Bolton’s Ivan Klasnic received a straight red card for putting his head into Mark Tierney’s face. But the Norwich defender should have also been dealt with by referee Howard Webb. It was a mere glance and the hyped, over re-action by Tierney was really bad – no place for acting in football. Bolton have now lost nine of their past 10 Premier League games and lose Klasnic for a three match suspension.

Arsenal’s dreadful start

Cannot believe that after five league matches and just one win Arsenal are only one point above the bottom three. It’s the Gunners’ worst start to a season since the 1953-54 season. Not one English player started the 4-3 defeat at Blackburn and the Arsenal defence was awful. Early days but where will it end for the Gunners?

West Brom propping up the table

West Bromwich Albion are now botttom of the Premier League on goal diference. I thought Roy Hodgson’s team had been playing well enough not to find themselves in the bottom three – until Saturday’s defeat at Swansea. They need to re-start their season at home to Fulham on Saturday…

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    Move along , as usual , nothing to read here.

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