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1) VAR asymmetry spoils the Anfield scene

In real time, it looked like a VAR scan Phil Foden goal not allowed Related to the challenge on Alison by Erling Haaland. The fact that it was for something earlier, Haaland’s foul on Fabinho, a kind of scornful ground throw that seemed completely disconnected by the time the ball was put into the net by Foden, once again underlined the strangeness and inconsistency of the VAR. This challenge was within the referee’s line of sight at the time. Was this video tool really intended to allow officials to re-judgment in these 50-50 minute moments? Was there an obvious injustice here that simply had to be corrected? Perhaps the answer depends on the team you’re supporting, or on how slow the collision restarts. But again, it was hard to feel the scene improvement through this intervention. This has been an unintended consequence of VAR technology: over-arbitration, and strangely excessive fame for the enforcer of some necessarily self-rule. Football is entertainment. Bald men looking at screens are not. Barney Ronai

2) Ten Hag’s United still remember Solskjaer Bowl

“The performance was good, our nets clean – we pressed well, we controlled the game and in stages we were really good with the ball – especially in the second half.” Eric Ten Hag did not indicate how he did it Manchester United The team is not yet a consistent pass-and-movement team that plays long distances in the opponent’s half. Instead, the Dutch team is the alternative to Solskjær-ball. As with his predecessor United’s side, Tin Hag’s early matches were very challenging, as his side relied on counter-attacks and speed, and ran out of ideas against a weak and stacked defense. Against Newcastle, there were glimpses of the five moves that made Manchester City so dominant. Ten Hag hopes to gradually transform his players into a cadre capable of doing so relentlessly. If not, further surgery is required in the market. Jimmy Jackson

Dan Byrne, Raphael Varane and Fabian Scherr compete for a high ball at Old Trafford.
Dan Byrne, Raphael Varane and Fabian Scherr compete for a high ball at Old Trafford. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

3) Conti set for delicate balancing

Spurs’ gaze extended. Dejan Kulusevsky is still off the pitch and Brazil could be without Richarlison at the World Cup after the forward stumbled against Everton. It’s a headache for Antonio Conte. The Italian has coped well with the absence of two key strikers, and his decision to bolster his midfield by replacing Richarlison with Yves Bisoma propelled Spurs to victory, but his team’s pre-season workload for Qatar is a concern. Conte, who could stay 3-5-2 against Manchester United on Wednesday, has a reliable little core and rarely messes around. But given that Spurs must press eight games before the World Cup, including vital Champions League encounters against Sporting and Marseille, what does that mean for Eric Dier, Christian Romero, Rodrygo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hogberg, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. ? Conte is reluctant to rest them but must be wary of overworking which could lead to further injuries. Jacob Steinberg

4) Marsh boils while Leeds misses his shot

Another week, more fury at the official level in a match involving Leeds. Had Patrick Bamford not hit a late penalty, Jesse Marsh’s zeal for his players clips Arsenal’s wings. The striker, who was a substitute in the first half, also ruled out the equalizer. Marsh’s face was a portrait as Chris Kavanagh, the referee, went to the VAT screen. Then after the missed penalty came the penalty in stoppage time and the red card was given, then it was canceled after a clash between Bamford and Gabriel Magalhaes. Once again, Marsh had a boil when he made the decision against his team. It all came after a power outage and loss of VAR connection last match. The American just returned from a touchline ban and kept his advisor in post-match interviews. He could at least have been encouraged by the second-half performance that the element of chaos in Leeds frightened the leaders. John Bruin

5) Villa’s performance has improved but fans are still not convinced

Villa Park is a hot spot at the moment, but it was surprising to hear an audible snort from the stands during the first half against Chelsea when the hosts reeled the ball back. Locals have seen quite a few performances they’ve missed in recent weeks, but on this occasion, their grumbles were misplaced, as Villa has been excellent for extended periods. However, their precarious position in the table offers a powerful explanation, and that performance won’t be enough to change opinions about Steven Gerrard’s ability to turn things around. He needs quick support and Gerrard, who has found an offensive combination mixed speed with muscle, must stick to the same style against Fulham on Thursday. The villa looked more positive, vertical and straight than it had been for some time despite the occasional slowdown. To keep his job, Gerrard needs more of the same. Nick Ames

Match report: Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea

Steven Gerrard perched on the touch line.
Steven Gerrard is under pressure at Aston Villa, who has won two wins in his first 10 matches. Photo: Mark Atkins/Getty Images

6) O’Neill’s Guy’s Proof of Cherry

In September 1989, he was promoted Crystal Palace They went out 9-0 at Anfield. They then won three times and drew in one of their next six matches, a streak that helped them stay in the top flight. In August 2022, the rising Bournemouth suffered a 9-0 loss at Anfield. Since that result and the subsequent sacking of Scott Parker, they are undefeated (they have won twice and drawn four). The key to staying awake won’t be a brutal beating by Liverpool, but instead Gary O’Neill has inspired Cherries to make an impressive recovery as interim manager. After another commendable performance in Fulham’s 2-2 draw on Saturday, it is becoming difficult to understand why he was not appointed on a permanent basis. If there were many other high-profile candidates for the job, the board’s caution would be understandable — but until then, only O’Neill can say he has proven his suitability for the job. Daniel Harris

7) Costa brings wolves noise

Diego Costa, 34, may not have been the world-class striker in his Chelsea days, but his ability to get into people’s faces, lead the line, tell others where to go and wake up Molino’s fans has made Wolves even more dangerous. After nine months out of action, the striker’s fitness in the match was much lower than understood Premier League Level but not to be underestimated in a Wolves team that lacked a pivotal point with Raul Jimenez and Sasa Calajdic (both injured) and Fabio Silva (on loan at Anderlecht). A game of two penalty kicks was ignited by Adama Traoré’s hit-and-miss efforts, but Costa helped restore Forest and invite other attacking threats to the Wolves to participate more. Wolverhampton interim coach Steve Davis has admitted he can’t count on Costa on Tuesday’s trip to Crystal Palace. Knowing Diego, he’s going to want to play every game,” Davis said. “But we have to evaluate it.” Peter Lansley

Match report: Wolverhampton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

8) Seagulls need to turn acquisitions into goals

What would Roberto de Zerbe give him to be a finalist like Ivan Toni on his team? The Brighton boss broke a disappointing figure on Friday after watching his team lose to Brentford despite dominating the stats. However, while 21 visitors’ shots seem a lot, Brighton has tested David Raya on a handful of occasions. With struggling Nottingham Forest next, De Zerbe made a fourth attempt to score his first victory since taking charge from Graham Potter, but admitted his side needed to be more precise in front of goal. “I can’t say that [Danny] Walbeck played bad – he worked hard with his team and other players had chances in the second half but we didn’t find the goals.” “Football is like that. Maybe on Tuesday we’ll shoot 10 times and score two or three goals.” Ed Aarons

Match report: Brentford 2-0 Brighton

David Raya tackles as Brentford Brighton closes on Friday night.
David Raya tackles as Brentford Brighton closes on Friday night. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

9) Hammers attack can be a great threat

A big part of West Ham’s comeback in recent weeks has been their growing charisma in attack. Having scored three goals in their first seven league games, they now have six in their last three. While they were wasting heavily against Southampton – scoring 25 shots with just four on target – they showed enough to indicate their summer deals were starting to emerge. Lucas Paqueta was a glowing ball full of energy, while Gianluca Scamaca was inches from the goal on several occasions and excelled in dropping deep to organize play. If only they could improve on the finishing touches, David Moyes’ new attack unit has the potential to be really dangerous. Will Maggie

10) The toil of foxes hides the struggle of the eagles

The gloom that surrounded Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers may have been beneficial for Patrick Vieira and Crystal Palace on Saturday. Rodgers’ position is fraught with one win in 10 games but despite feeling happy around a vibrant Palace team, Vieira has won only twice out of nine. The Frenchman has a lot of credit in the bank for changing the style and form of Palace’s side, but he felt the danger that a team teeming with plenty had rarely faced the division’s worst defense in a poor game. Odson Edward and Iberici Eise had their moments but Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and substitute Michael Ulis were quiet. “All these talented attacking players, I’d like them to do a little bit more and Ips is one of them,” Vieira said. “We want to continue working with him to add those finishes and goals that we think he can score.” Ben Fisher

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