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Liverpool beat a Manchester United side deprived of Marcus Rashford convincingly and wrapped another finger around the Premier League trophy. Meanwhile, the chasing pack all failed to get maximum points against their opponents as Manchester City, Leicester City, Chelsea and Spurs all suffered defeats or drew their games. 

Saturday’s fixtures (18 Jan)

Watford 0 Spurs 0

West Ham 1 Everton 1

Arsenal 1 Sheffield 1

Brighton 1 Aston Villa 1

Man City 2 Palace 2

Norwich 1 Bournemouth 0

Southampton 2 Wolves 3

Sunday’s fixtures (19 Jan)

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

Burnley 2 Leicester 1

Monday’s fixtures (20 Jan)

Liverpool 2 Man Utd 0

 

Editor's thoughts: The first half must have been excruciatingly painful to watch if you are a United fan. The manner in which Van Dijk scored the opening goal must have got you scratching your head. I mean I am no master tactician but it is common sense to pit your biggest defender against their biggest goal threat for a corner no? Instead, we had Fred and Williams trying to track Van Dijk and we all saw how that turned out. I understand that Ole was going with zonal marking, i.e. smaller guys tracking big guys and sort of impeding them while the big guys like Maguire head the ball out but that is just silly. In the second half, United looked more purposeful and created a few openings but Martial fluffed his lines when it mattered most. Salah then delivered the sucker punch in the dying minutes when United pushed everyone up. Daniel James tried his best to recover but Salah was just too good on his left foot and that was that. Some United fans forget that the team is still in transition and they expect United to go toe to toe with the big boys after a few good results and subsequently demand Ole's head after a bad one. The truth is this team is going to take a while to be competitive again and sacking the incumbent manager won't change anything. The least we can do now is to eat humble pie and get behind the team and manager as the rebuild continues, not unlike what Liverpool fans did for the past decade. I only pray our rebuild does not take as long. 

 

Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena. Follow Gary on Instagram @thisisgaryyang

 

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