Manchester United defeated a tough Aston Villa formation (2-1) on Friday night the 17th day in the Premier League and became co-leader of the championship with Liverpool.
This is the first time the Red Devils have regained this ranking at this stage of the competition since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Manchester United has certainly already achieved convincing series since the arrival of Ole-Gunnar Solskjær, two years ago. But this is the first time in almost eight years that England’s most powerful club has shared a leadership position at such an advanced stage of the season.
The goal difference is even lower (+17 against +9), and we have to wait and see if he is really able to worry Liverpool over the distance. But his 10 wins in 16 games are not anecdotal.
Faced with a very well-organized formation, Manchester United created the most important opportunities in the first period, with five dangerous attempts from Bruno Fernandes (2nd, 37th), Anthony Martial (11th), Fred (16th) and Paul Pogba (25th). .), which gradually acquires status that lasts after a delicate autumn.
Aston Villa were once disturbing, on an attempt from the tireless John McGinn (13th). The opening came just before the break, on a header from Martial after receiving a post from Aaron Wan-Bissaka (40th, 1-0).
Heckled by Jack Grealish within a quarter of an hour after the break, the Red Devils were logically included in the score after a goal from Bertrand Traoré (58th, 1-1). Former Lyonnais thus scored his third goal in four games. In the process, a foul on Paul Pogba allowed Bruno Fernandes to transform a penalty and give his people a lucky advantage (61, 1-1).
The Mancuniens could then play loud, and stifle the inclinations of Aston Villa. Pogba, Fernandes and Rashford could even have widened the gap and avoided two scares at the end of the match (attempts by Tyrone Mings and Matty Cash).
No one has yet forgotten the pitiful Champions League departure last month, but this victory over the Premier League’s best away defense is clearly an achievement.
– Everton make a white copy –
Everton Toffees probably delivered their worst performance of the season, at home against West Ham (0-1), and logically lost three points. Carlo Ancelotti’s players remained on four Premier League victories, including three against Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal, and could not be sure of receiving a formation that was left over four games without a win.
But they showed a clear lack of envy, including when they felt that the game was starting to go out of hand. Their lack of reaction to Tomas Soucek’s goal late in the match was striking, revealing their inability to create games, which was already seen on several occasions this season.
“We are more comfortable when we defend and when we can counter,” the Italian coach admitted for the Blues. When we have the ball, we have several difficulties, and we have to adjust it ”.
This 17th day continues until Monday, with in particular a cultural clash between Tottenham and Leeds (Saturday at 12:30 GMT), and a beautiful poster between Chelsea and Manchester City (Sunday at 16:30 GMT).