United draw short, Tottenham win easily, while Arsenal fight back to earn a point
by Nick D
Aug 24, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
Manchester United once again would stumble as they only managed to fight out a 1-1 draw against Sunderland. With two matches being played and United have only registered a point, Van Gaal already feeling the pressure of managing one of the biggest clubs in the World. He will need to start getting results soon or he will start feeling the wrath of the fans and critics worldwide.
Sunderland started brightly and were on the front foot early on in the game. The passed the ball well and looked dangerous especially when attacking down the right wing. The Black Cats did earn two free kicks on the right side but they failed to make the keeper work. Then in a surprise counter attack Man United would take the lead as Juan Mata would settle all the nerves down scoring in the 16th minute. Just as Sunderland were starting to build some momentum United would counter down the right side as Valencia got into space and crossed through a low driven pass across the face of goal. Juan Mata managed to use his pace to get in front of the defender and had the easy tap in finish. 1-0 and United have calmed their own nerves down and would look to build on the goal. Sunderland though finished last season off with some positive results and play so you couldn't write off the Black Cats just yet. They kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a corner kick. This time Rodwell would make no mistakes as he rose well and his well timed header from the centre of the box would find the back of the net. United players would all look around at each other as they left the tall midfielder unmarked and were caught ball watching. 1-1 and the nerves would kick in again for Van Gaal and his players too.
Scores Level at halftime as United players were feeling the pressure after letting the lead slip away
The second half and Van Gaal needed his team to step up and try to take control of the game and not allow Sunderland to pressure his team back into their own half. Though this plan would fail as Sunderland were playing some strong defensive football. They were closing down the United midfielder and bot giving them much space to move the ball around and look to build up an attack. In fact it was the Black Cats that were unlucky not to go a goal up early on in the half as Connor Wickham managed to get into space inside the box but only to see his shot blocked off the line by the youngster Blackett. The match pressed on but as the minutes ticked over United just couldn't find a way through. Their frustrations started sowing too as Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley were both booked for a late challenge and a dive. In the end though Sunderland would hold on and earn themselves a point, while United once again back to the drawing board as their poor season start continues and the pressure mounts on Van Gaal.
Arsenal would recoup after they were two goals down and make amends with a strong finish against Everton. The Toffees would view this match as points dropped, as they let a 2 goal lead slip and draw 2-2 with the Gunners. Everton started the match positively and were rewarded with their strong play as they took the lead in the 19th minute. A good spell of possession saw Everton move the ball well around the pitch and Coleman would head the home side into the lead after getting into space down the right side of the box. Everton would then continue their dominance of the first half as they went 2-0 up just before the halftime whistle. Lukaku would break well on the counter and feed a great through ball to Naismith on the right side of the box. The Scottish forwards made no mistakes as he slotted the ball into the back of the net. The second half saw Arsenal come out and try to make a statement early on. Though Everton's defence held strong and started to frustrate the Gunners as they started to mount on the fouls with some late frustrated tackles starting to show. Though credit needs to go to Arsenal as they failed to lay down and were rewarded for their persistence as they got one goal back in the 83rd minute. Carzola would make a great run down the wing and would square the ball across the face of goal where Ramsey was waiting and he easily scored from close range. 2-1 and Arsenal with a spring in their step as they knew there was still time left to salvage a result from this match. Giroud would then shatter the Everton fans as he would draw the sides back on level terms in the 90th minute with a well timed header from the centre of the box. 2-2 and Arsenal pull out the great escape.
Giroud would score in the dying minutes to salvage a draw for the Gunners
Tottenham Hotspur would make it two wins in two games as they ram rampant over a struggling Queens Park Rangers side. Harry Redknapp would make his return to White Hart Lane after a few years of having been in charge there. Though his return would be one he would rather forget as the first half the Spurs would show their superiority over the newly promoted side. It wouldn't take long for Tottenham to take the lead needing only 11 minutes of play to show their strength over QPR. Tottenham would keep QPR deep in their own half from the kick off and the breakthrough would come from Chadli as he fired the Spurs into the lead. A clever ball from Adebayor found Chadli just on the edge of the 6 yard box and he easily right footed the ball into the bottom corner. It wouldn't be long after that they doubled their lead in the 30th minute, as Eric Dier made QPR pay for some poor movement in defence from the set piece. The corner was whipped in from the right side towards the near post by Lamela, Spurs' new signing and Dier would outmuscle his marker and get a good touch with his head. The Ball would fly towards the goal and the keeper would get a glove to it but it was not enough to keep the ball out of the net. 2-0 and Tottenham weren't done yet as Chadli bagged his second in the 37th minute giving Tottenham a 3-0 advantage as the first half came to a close. Another great pass by Lamela saw him get his second assist of the game as he picked out Chadli who headed home from the centre of the box.
Chadli would score a brace as Tottenham lead 3-0 after the first 45 minutes
The second half and QPR were forced to make a change as Harry Redknapp looked walk away with some pride from his old stomping yard. Onuoha was brought off for the more experienced Richard Dunne to help QPR strengthen their back line. Though this still didn't stop Tottenham from continuing their open free flowing game they demonstrated in the first half. Eriksen was still getting himself into the danger area as was Adebayor but they just lacked that final touch to increase Tottenham's lead. Adebayor would then give QPR that sinking feeling as he would get onto a great ball and get behind the defenders to calmly slot the ball into the bottom right corner to give Tottenham a 4-0 lead. Redknapp not happy with his teams performance as his return to the EPL was not the one he would have been hoping for.
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