Another week of Premier League has been completed and there is another set of villains ready to be revealed. This week's selection include Manchester United's David Moyes and Robin van Persie and Sunderland's John O'Shea.
For the second straight week. the Manchester United manager makes this list - his tactics against Liverpool were baffling. Moyes allowed Robin van Persie to become isolated up front, and the Dutchman never really got a kick all game (no small part to Agger and Skrtel as well though). Moyes could also make this list alone for leaving Shinji Kagawa out of the starting line up. His team needs some creativity in midfield, yet Moyes left the most creative player they have on the bench.
In an excellent Hull City display away to Manchester City, Sone Aluko will unfortunately remember it for different reasons. He had a gilt edge chance early in the first half to put the newly promoted side ahead. He evaded Lescott expertly and charged down on Joe Hart’s goal, but managed to fluff his chance and drag the ball wide of the post. The game could have been a different story if he had converted that chance.
Sunderland need things to go their way at the moment, as a poor start to the season has piled the pressure on manager Paolo Di Canio. The last thing they need is one of their more experience players getting sent off in a very winnable game away at Crystal Palace.
O’Shea misjudged the ball and let Dwight Gayle in on goal, he mistimed his tackle and brought the striker down. His red card left his side with an almost impossible task of taking something from the match. Not a great weekend for the Irish international
In the heated atmosphere of a Liverpool-Manchester United clash, Robin van Persie lost his cool after being frustrated all game by a lack of service and the presence of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel. Van Persie should have been sent off for a dangerous late challenge on Agger, and he got caught up in a minor scuffle with Skrtel in the penalty area. He was known for his short fuse in his early days at Arsenal, and he was lucky to still be on the pitch at the end of the game. Another referee might have not been so lenient.
The referee hasn’t had the best start to the season; he was referee for the Arsenal v Aston Villa game, and came under fire from fans after a poor display. He gave two penalties and sent off Laurent Koscielny, who picked up a second yellow card after it was deemed he fouled his man despite not making any contact.
This week Taylor decided not to award a penalty to Everton after Leighton Baines had been clearly brought down in the penalty area by Cardiff’s Gary Medel. Baines was understandably surprised when the referee waved away Everton’s protest.
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