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Football | Premier League 23/24 | Matchweek 9 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Manchester United defeat Sheffield United
  • Tottenham Hotspur stay at the top
  • Arsenal come back to draw with Chelsea
England – The Premier League mourned the passing of Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton this week.


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Man United win on an emotional night

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The sad news of Sir Bobby Charlton‘s passing was announced just hours before this game and the Manchester United players were inspired as they defeated Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Scott McTominay who has been so impressive for Scotland recently is starting to bring his international form to the club scene as he gave United the lead. This was McTominay’s third goal in his last two games for the Red Devils.

However, McTominay’s handball led to another Scot in Oli McBurnie equalising for the home side from the penalty spot. Bruno Fernandes and Sofyan Amrabat hit the woodwork before Diogo Dalot fired into the top corner from outside the box. It was a strike that the late Charlton would have been proud of.

It will be an emotional week at Old Trafford as they host Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday before the Manchester derby on Sunday. These are games where there will be tributes for Charlton and a chance for fans to pay their respects.


Tottenham return to the top

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Manchester City were briefly top of the Premier League after defeating Brighton. However, Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over Fulham put Ange Postecoglou‘s side back at the summit of the division.

Heung-Min Son gave Spurs the lead with a fantastic strike into the top corner from the edge of the box. He then turned provider setting up James Maddison who slid the ball in to secure a 2-0 victory.

Despite the loss of Harry Kane last summer, Tottenham have improved as they are not just relying on one man to win their games. A lot of credit must go to Postecoglou for the way he has got Spurs playing as a team in the short time he has been at the club.

It remains to be seen if Spurs can keep this form up and they have two London derbies coming up as they take on Crystal Palace and Chelsea in their next two fixtures.


Arsenal draw with Chelsea

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Not many gave Chelsea much hope in this match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues went two goals up thanks to a penalty from Cole Palmer and a flukey Mykhailo Mudryk cross which ended up in the back of the net.

Declan Rice seized upon a mistake by Robert Sanchez to get one back for the Gunners. Then Leandro Trossard rescued a point in the 84th minute as he tapped in from Bukayo Saka‘s cross to make it 2-2.

Mikel Arteta‘s decision to bench Aaron Ramsdale for David Raya has come under scrutiny, especially after the Spanish goalkeeper was at fault for Chelsea’s second goal. Mauricio Pochettino‘s side is now unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions but he would have been disappointed that his side let slip a two-goal advantage.


Best of the rest

Liverpool defeated Everton 2-0 at Anfield in the Merseyside derby. Ashley Young had been sent off for the Toffees before Mohamed Salah scored a brace to win it for the Reds.

Newcastle defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 but the game was all about Sandro Tonali who made a substitute appearance but faces a lengthy ban for betting allegations. The fans at St James’ Park were sympathetic to Tonali -who has been revealed to have a gambling addiction- and gave him a great reception.

Aston Villa defeated West Ham United 4-1 in a match where Douglas Luiz scored twice. The result moves Unai Emery’s side up to fifth in the division.

The Premier League returns on Friday, October 27.