What a game it was too. Man U have been awful so far this season, on Sunday they weren't. In fact, but for a dubious off-side decision they could have beaten Arsenal. They were defensively very good, both full-backs played blinders, and on the break looked dangerous. New signing Hojlund looked aggressive and dangerous and they still have Amrabat to join the party. It was all looking hunky dory for Man U until Garnacho's "winner" was chalked off. He looked "on", but some dodgy VAR lines said otherwise. Moments later and Big Deccie slammed home the real winner.
Arsenal just about deserved it and I still think they will be closest to City come the spring, but there are still some problems for Arteta to iron out. Not as many problems as ten Hag faces though. They drop too many points on the road and Sancho was left out of the squad after he had a falling out with the boss. They were played off the park by Wolves and Spurs and for 45 minutes by Forest and are now 6 points off City after only 4 games. After the international break they face a tricky tie with Brighton, then travel to Munich on the 20th. Ten Hag needs to find a solution in double quick time or the league could be gone by October.
As for Declan Rice, that goal will give him confidence, I have no doubt. It is just what he needed. Gunners fans still remember Patrick Viera and those are big boots to fill. It will be interesting to see if Rice can kick on to that level and justify such a ridiculous price tag. Good luck to the boy. Arsenal's 3 points keep them in touch with City at the top.
City keep marching on, this week thanks to a pathetic VAR decision when Akanji clearly interfered with play during Ake goal. VAR owes us that after the same thing happened in last season's derby at Old Trafford when Gurney Gub Fernandes scored when Rashford was offside and interfering. Anyways, it was enough to end Fulham's resistance and City went on to hammer them.
So, a big international break for Ten Hag with Brighton and Bayern looming, and also for Eddie Howe. After 3 successive defeats, Newcastle are at home to Brentford on the 16th and he will be eager to right the ship before a massive trip to Milan on the 19th. And thanks to a gawd awful international break we have to wait 2 weeks before the real action begins again.