He was criticised as a player and his first season and a half in charge was laden with controversy, but for Neil Lennon things are taking shape.
Tactics Talk: Everton’s over-reliance on Marouane Fellaini bordered on ridiculous against Manchester United
Recent meetings between Manchester United and Everton have been well documented and David Moyes’ side could be labelled the Premier League leader’s bogey team.
A closer look at yesterday’s 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool.
It may have been the first game of yet another Super Sunday, but Chelsea welcoming Arsenal to Stamford Bridge didn’t quite inspire the usual excitement.
Tactics Talk: Liverpool pay the price against Manchester United for putting square pegs in round holes
For all Alex Ferguson’s success, his approach to big games had become largely predictable in recent years. Flood the midfield, counter-attack when possible and take advantage of any mistakes.
David Moyes tested Chelsea with a strong attacking unit, intent on stifling their progress and taking advantage of any weakness, but they stood strong and showed why they are European champions.
Post-game, Wilshere suggested that there were signs of the old Arsenal and, although that may be a little premature, you can understand his statement.
Where Mario Balotelli struggled on another afternoon battling his demons, Wayne Rooney was industrious, creative and effective in a man of the match display.
Reading welcomed Manchester United to the Madejski stadium with both sides looking for three points to help their cause at either side of the Premier League table.
Surprisingly, Benitez stuck with the same shape and nine of the 11 who were humbled against Juventus in midweek.
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