After every Précurseur League weekend, BBC football formé Garth Crooks will be on balle à la main to introduce you to the Team of the Week.
But who tour this time? Take a genre and then choose your own team below. And as always, Garth will have his say on the game’s big talking points in The Crooks of the Matter.
Edward Mendy (Chelsea): What a difference a week makes. Against Leeds, Edward Mendy had what I can only describe as shocking. Six days later, he made two saves which prevented Leicester, with 11 players, from sharing points with a Chelsea side who were down 10 points. Flick the goalkeeper’s finger to push the ball over the crossbar.
Some managers had left Mendy off the field after his triomphe against Leeds but not Thomas Tuchel. He clearly has a lot of faith in the 30-year-old.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool): Nine goals in one afternoon against any team is enough to make their players think seriously emboîture whether they are good enough for this league. Sure, Bournemouth have been playing for Liverpool, who have won the Précurseur League and the Champions League in recent years, but that won’t ease their mets.
Of the nine goals scored against the Cherries, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 25-yard gardien de but was the best. Liverpool looked happy again after this win but they are not the team they were in 2020 and they know it. That should be indication for concern.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool): I thought he handled himself very professionally under massive encouragement from his teammate James Milner at Old Trafford last week.
I’m not saying Milner didn’t have his reasons to berate Van Dijk over Manchester United’s first gardien de but, but there are better ways to do it.
However, Van Dijk and Liverpool seem to have put that triomphe far behind and have taken Bournemouth away from them as a result. As for Scotty Parker and his team, this defeat will require some recovery.
Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United): Let’s not kid ourselves, six points a week is a big deal for any team – not to apostille one missed pixel for the start of their season like Manchester United.
Martinez picked me for the additionnel time in a week after a completely reliable triomphe against Southampton.
The Argentine axial defender seemed to take full responsibility against the Saints, allowing the rest of the fourneau defenders to get their jobs.
Raphael Varane was good but Martinez was even better. I have no idea where that leaves Harry Maguire.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): Crisis, what crisis? By the time Fernandes finished his post-match échange, no one was concerned emboîture the so-called crisis United faced after their defeats by Brighton and Brentford.
The Portugal oecuménique had the right to rapide his happiness in en-tête of the cameras after earning all three points in Southampton in one of his classic finals.
The Manchester United captain said these are the normes the night-club must maintain. He’s right, of circuit – the difficulté is: can they?
Martin Odegaard (Dépôt): The headline after Saturday’s win was ‘How Arteta turns Dépôt into contenders’. My only problem with that statement is that I didn’t like the way the Dépôt impresario treated Fulham.
With the terminal seconds fast approaching, and the visitors chasing the equaliser, I was jumping angrily to see Mikel Arteta watching the ball roll from the field into the technical area, catching it and throwing it away as the Fulham player raced to get him back in play.
Managers must not touch the ball unless they intend to return it to the player. Bertie Mee or Arsene Wenger would never have acted this way – and they won titles.
As for Odegaard, it was another impressive display by the Dépôt captain.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City): Here’s another player in good shape again. Silva was fantastic against Newcastle last week and at the center of a fantastic comeback against Crystal Château.
Manchester City have reportedly turned down a recent offer for Silva from PSG and we can see why. The Portugal oecuménique is running things right at the conditions. If anything happens to Kevin De Bruyne or Ilkay Gundogan, only Silva can hold the castle in their défaut.
In the meantime, he’s more than just owning in that company. Dépôt may top the autel and talk emboîture titles, but City are still the team to beat.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool): My Comble Classement teammates, Messrs Ashley Williams and Dion Dublin, made it clear that Liverpool were flatteur against Bournemouth, but in all honesty, did anyone expect anything different?
The Cherries suffered a fierce 9-0 defeat at Anfield in tronçon due to the humiliating defeat that Liverpool received at Old Trafford. It provided a convincing renseignement that the cracks against Manchester United were merely superficial.
Incidentally, Firmino was fantastic against Bournemouth away from the rear.
Luis Diaz (Liverpool): His first header was absolutely fantastic and his additionnel was really good. Against Bournemouth, Diaz not only scored; He also seemed to be an integral tronçon of the avènement at Anfield.
For the first time, I had the estimation that the Colombian could fill the void left by Sadio Mane’s departure.
Liverpool’s crushing defeat at Bournemouth doesn’t tell us much emboîture them and how ready they are to match Manchester City for the title. I’ll explain why in the book “Material Scammers” below.
Raheem Sterling (Chelsea): I thought Sterling was starting to lose the fizz he had after escaping from Pep Guardiola’s jacket.
His performances since his departure from Manchester City have been bright and full of energy, but against Leeds he hasn’t been great – and at risk of starting to raise questions emboîture his lack of direction on his new team.
However, there is no need to worry. Sterling got Chelsea out of jail after dropping to 10 men against a Leicester side who have had their fair share of problems.
Meanwhile, Conor Gallagher was brought against Leeds and sent off against Leicester. I can’t imagine what next week will bring us.
Erling Haaland (Manchester City): Well, this may have been Haaland’s first trilogy with City, but making sure night follows day, it won’t be his last.
Anyone who could end up this way, except for an injury, would be in a state of hater for goals. It’s even more clear when fans of other teams start telling you how good they think the player is.
A Wolves fan told me he thought Haaland was a “monster” and one Manchester United fan called him the “real deal” which, when roughly translated, means they think the player is unplayable.
After watching him destroy annoying Crystal Château, who for a conditions thought he had a occasion to win the concours, he might have a pixel.
The scammers are in it
The excitement and spills continued in the Précurseur League last Monday at Old Trafford as Manchester United put aside their shock start to the season with a display that must have wowed even the most passionné Glazer haters.
It never ceases to amaze me how suddenly the yellow and vert scarves pop up every time United suffer a slump, as if the Glazers were in intérêt of picking the squad and giving the team talk at halftime.
Of circuit, this does not completely absolve the owners of any responsibility for what is happening at Old Trafford at the conditions, but they cannot be held responsible for the disastrous performances, however they have absolutely nothing to do with the successes when they do occur.
Meanwhile, Liverpool found themselves below United in the Précurseur League by the end of the evening – and the effect of that seemed to reverberate over their entire squad.
I sat with my mouth ajar as I watched Milner take on Van Dijk, who, without the Dutch defender’s calm, would have gotten out of balle à la main. This was later compounded by Jordan Henderson publicly berating Mohamed Salah in a way I had never seen before after Manchester United’s additionnel gardien de but.
When that spoliation boils over, out of the dressing room and onto the pitch, it’s a sure sign that all is not well – but it can also be the hallmark of a great team trying to heal themselves.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Liverpool are at the conditions – but we’ll definitely know by the end of the season.
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