English Premier League Game Week 11:Turning point for United, Saints dark horse for EPL, report all matches highlights / EPL News Video


Manchester United went back to the big game with RVP, Southampton very serius,  Liverpool crush everyone to Anfield.

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: Van Persie says “Sorry Arsenal ı am Red Devil anymore “

The first ‘big scalp’ of his reign put United back into the title mix after the most topsy-turvy start to a season in the Premier League era.

The determination, commitment and skill they showed to halt Arsenal’s flying start will provide Moyes with huge encouragement that what has been billed as a transitional campaign following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, could yet end up with the club collecting more silverware.

A stalemate against Chelsea, followed by defeats at Liverpool and Manchester City, had raised question marks whether United still had the ability to beat their traditional championship rivals.

Against the Gunners yesterday those questions were answered pretty emphatically, as Robin van Persie’s towering first-half header proved enough to ensure they head into the international break only five points behind the leaders.

It could have been a daunting 11 points had they become the latest victims of Arsenal’s flying start. But United – and Wayne Rooney in particular – have plenty of previous when it comes to ending Arsenal unbeaten runs.

Rooney’s very first Premier League goal for Everton in October 2002 ended a 32-game Arsenal run, while his first league goal for United two years later ended a 49-game sequence by the ‘Invincibles’. Yesterday he did not score, but did just about everything else as United ended the Gunners’ 15-game unbeaten away run – 14 wins and a draw – that started with a notable victory at Bayern Munich last March.

It was from Rooney’s 27th-minute corner that Van Persie made a mockery of Arsenal’s zonal marking system to jump above Olivier Giroud and power home a header over Kieran Gibbs at the far post.

How Arsenal regretted the absence of their tallest player, Per Mertesacker, sent back to London with a sickness bug.

Rooney underlined he has never been fitter with a tireless performance. Little wonder that the post-match stats showed he ran 11.1 kilometres, more than any other player on the pitch. A moment midway through the second half summed up his attitude. Having played his part in defending an Arsenal attack on the edge of his own penalty area, Rooney sprinted 60 yards up the pitch to bundle over Thomas Vermaelen and stop him launching another raid.

He was later booked for chopping down Aaron Ramsey and was still chasing and closing down opponents in added time to frustrate Arsenal’s rousing finale.

Phil Jones was equally impressive for United. He produced a tour de force display in two positions.

In the first half he constantly got in Arsenal’s faces, breaking up their moves and starting many of United’s with a display Roy Keane would have been proud of.

Then in the second half, with Nemanja Vidic on the way to hospital with a nasty facial injury following a collision with David de Gea, Jones moved into the back line and was just as effective.

Wenger said on the eve of the game that he still views Van Persie as an Arsenal player. Maybe he will change his view after the Dutchman’s third goal in three games against his former club.

No one picked up his run from the edge of the area and his momentum carried him above Giroud to get his head and shoulder to the ball and send it high into the net.

Last season, out of respect to Arsenal, he did not celebrate his goals at Old Trafford and the Emirates. Yesterday there was nothing muted given the importance of the moment. United deserved to be ahead after a first half when little was seen of Arsenal’s much vaunted midfield of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

The Gunners improved after the break when Ozil fired a decent chance into the side netting and two superb crosses from Bacary Sagna deserved a finish.

But United had the clearest chances with Rooney screwing a good chance wide and Chris Smalling miscuing a headed chance from Van Persie’s free-kick.

Arsenal fought to the end but couldn’t find a way through a United defence that was as resolute as it has been this season.

The last team to stop them scoring? Everton in April – then managed by Moyes.

Manchester United vs Arsenal Match Stats


MAN UNITED: De Gea 7, Smalling 6, Vidic 6(Cleverley 45, 7), Evans 7, Evra 7, Valencia 7, Jones 8, Carrick 7, Kagawa 8 (Giggs 78, 6), Rooney 9, Van Persie 8 (Fellaini 85, 6).

Subs not used: Giggs, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Nani, Januzaj.

Booked: Jones, Rooney

Goals: Van Persie 27.

Manager: David Moyes 8

ARSENAL: Szczesny 6, Sagna 7, Koscielny 7, Vermaelen 7, Gibbs 6, Arteta 6 (Gnabry 82, 6), Flamini 6 (Wilshere 61, 7), Ramsey 6, Ozil 7, Cazorla 6 (Bendtner 78, 6), Giroud 5.

Subs not used: Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Hayden.

Booked: Sagna, Flamini, Wilshere

Manager: Arsene Wenger 6

Ref: Michael Oliver

Att: 75,138

Man of the match: Wayne Rooney

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0  Match Video

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Southampton 4 Hull City 1:Saints comming with big confidence to top


A comfortable win that kept Southampton soaring, a solo goal his grandchildren will no doubt hear all about one day, and an all-round performance to delight the watching England coach, Roy Hodgson.

That is the very same manager who called Lallana into his squad last week for the home friendlies against Chile and Germany. So how can it get any better for the 25-year-old Saints captain? Simple.

A first full cap and the chance to impress Hodgson at close quarters.

“It was a great way to end a memorable week,” said Lallana. “We put on a good performance and I played with freedom and confidence, which is nice when the England coach is watching and he has just picked you in his squad.

“I think he will have been impressed with a lot of the Southampton players.

“We have a good core of English lads, which is a credit to the whole club for scouting and recruitment.

“And there will be a group of us at St George’s Park when we report for the squad. But I won’t just be going for the ride – you’ve got to have desire when a World Cup is around the corner. That is every kid’s dream, the pinnacle.

“I have just got to try and take my chance, however many minutes I get , and play the best that I can. The same goes for Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.”

Lambert pointed the way when he grabbed his chance under Hodgson in August. “J-Rod and I look up to Rickie for the way he took his chance by scoring with his first touch against Scotland on his debut,” added Lallana.

“It was Boys’ Own stuff. Jay and I were texting each other as soon as that goal went in. And now we’ve got the chance to emulate his success. I can’t wait.”

Lambert set up Morgan Schneiderlin’s opener with a header, then scored from the spot after Lallana was brought down. Lallana made it 3-0 before Yannick Sagbo was gifted a consolation.

Steve Davis made it 4-1 late on – not a great day for Hull’s Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone, also out to catch Hodgson’s eye.

Huddlestone said: “We got battered in this game.

“But I did not regard this as an audition – it was just another Premier League game. But, as a team, we weren’t on it.

“It’s a shame for Curtis, who has probably been our best player this year, but when you have been playing as well as he has, hopefully you’re allowed one off-day.”

Southampton vs Hull City Match Stats


Southampton (4-3-3): Boruc 6; Clyne 8, Fonte 7, Lovren 7, Shaw 6; Ward-Prowse 7, Schneiderlin 8, Wanyama 5 (S Davis 63, 7); Lallana 9 (Cork 84), Lambert 8 (Osvaldo 76), Rodriguez 6. Booked: Schneiderlin. Goals: Schneiderlin 16, Lambert 30 pen, Lallana 37, Davis 88.

Hull (5-4-1): Harper 6; Elmohamady 4 (Coren 46, 6) Davies 5, McShane 5, Figueroa 5, Rosenior 5; Meyler 4 (Graham 73), Huddlestone 4, Livermore 4, Boyd 5 (Quinn 80); Sagbo 4. Booked: Harper, Davies. Goal: Sagbo 55.

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 30,022

Southampton 4 Hull City 1 Match Video

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Liverpool 4 Fulham 0:This year colour will be Reds


Fulham manager Martin Jol did not so much as move a muscle in the dugout as he endured another miserable afternoon and, at the final whistle, he even left it to his assistant Billy McKinlay to order his players to acknowledge away supporters, who must tire of witnessing such tepid surrender.

Rigor mortis had also long since set in on the pitch.

It is not the scoreline that provides the best measure of Liverpool superiority, and a damning indictment of Fulham’s lethargy, but the fact the hosts attempted 721 passes, of which 646 were successful. They simply rang rings around outclassed opponents

Jumping up and down would not necessarily make Dutchman Jol better. But, given that he claimed afterwards his players had not followed his pre-match request to replicate Luis Suarez’s commitment, if not his quality, some reaction from the sidelines might have been expected.

“Suarez has got that eagerness and that ambition and he will use everything, even his teeth, to win. And that’s what he did,” said Jol, who coached the striker at Ajax.

“That is what he is doing for Liverpool. He brings commitment to every match, and we spoke before kick-off about matching it.”

Fulham owner Shahid Khan is not about to jettison Jol, according to those in the know at Craven Cottage. And with Khan’s other sporting interest, the Jacksonville Jaguars, going into this weekend without a victory in the NFL, perhaps he does not sense the enveloping gloom.

Looming games with Swansea and West Ham feel pivotal, but the biggest problem confronting Fulham is the lack of credible alternatives to replace Jol. A fact he well knows, but one that leaves the club in limbo.

He said: “If you are at the bottom, you must have an expert to keep teams up and I don’t think there are a lot of experts out there.”

Liverpool, benefitting from fit-again Philippe Coutinho and Glen Johnson and having Daniel Agger restored to their defence, never looked back once Fernando Amorebieta had inadvertently diverted Suarez’s flick to a Steven Gerrard free-kick into his own net.

Amorebieta lost Martin Skrtel at another Gerrard set-piece soon after and Suarez grabbed a brace with two more clinical finishes as Liverpool moved into second spot. Victory prompted Liverpool owner John W Henry to take to Twitter and eulogise over Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, describing them as the “most dangerous tandem in football. Could dominate PL [Premier League] playing as brothers” and adding that it was “extraordinary fun to watch” Coutinho and his team-mates.

More pertinent was the praise for the manager Brendan Rodgers, with Henry hailing his acumen.

His contract has just over 18 months left to run, and he will deserve an extension if the campaign continues to offer promise. However, the future is far less certain for Rodgers’ opposite number.

Liverpool vs Fulham Match Stats


Liverpool (4-1-3-2): Mignolet 7; Johnson 7, Skrtel 7, Agger 7, Cissokho 6 (Enrique 61, 6); Lucas 7; Henderson 8, Gerrard 8 (Allen 67, 6), Coutinho 8; Suarez 8, Sturridge 6 (Moses 76, 6). Goals: Amorebieta 23 og, Skrtel 26, Suarez 36, 54.

Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg 8; Zverotic 5 (Hughes 61, 5), Senderos 5, Amorebieta 4, Richardson 5; Dejagah 5, Sidwell 5, Parker 5, Kacaniklic 5 (Ruiz 46, 5); Kasami 5; Berbatov 5 (Karagounis 83). Booked: Parker.

Referee: M Jones (Cheshire).

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0 Match Video

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English Premier League Game Week 11 Results

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 0

Chelsea 2 West Brom 2

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0

Southampton 4 Hull City 1

Aston Villa 2 Cardiff City 0

Norwich City 3 West Ham 1

Sunday, November 10

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

Sunderland 1 Man City 0

Premier League week 11 table

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