It's that time of the week again, we name and shame the five players we think have been villains of this Premier League weekend. Manchester United, Liverpool, Fulham, and Sunderland fans look away now.
In his first real test as a Manchester United Fellaini didn’t exactly cover himself in glory. He seemed to get over run in the midfield and failed to track Sergio Aguero for his second goal of the game, all in all a very poor day for the Belgian. He finds himself on the villains because he failed to adapt or cope with the City field despite having a lot of success against them whilst at Everton. Manchester United fans will hope he improves quickly.
What more can be said about Paolo Di Canio? Well you can say he’s now the former Sunderland manager, he managed his last game on Saturday and it was a 3-0 defeat to West Brom. His entire stay at Sunderland was a disaster and he couldn’t seem to motivate is team to play at any where near the standard they need. He was allowed to buy too many players and his antics on and off the sideline proved detrimental to his team. A mess.
He didn’t do a huge amount wrong but for a player who’s sole job is to put the ball into the back of the net he failed miserably against Chelsea on Saturday evening. He had a guilt edge chance to put his Fulham side ahead at Stamford Bridge, he couldn’t manage to beat Petr Cech and allowed Chelsea to go on and win the game 2-0. It could have been a lot different if he had put his one on one away, for this he lands on the villains list
Playing four centre backs is never a good idea, even of a team has some injury concerns in defense. It restricted any width the Reds had meaning Rodgers’ style of play couldn’t be asserted onto the game. In the end the decision led to a Southampton win and Daniel Agger stated after the match that he should never have played due to lack of fitness. A bad day for Brendan Rodgers after a promising start to the season.
Referees seem to always make it onto this list and this week is for good reason. Clattenburg refereed the Cardiff v Tottenham game and made one or two quite big errors. Firstly Hugo Lloris really should have been sent off for handling the ball outside of his area when Frazier Campbell tried to go round him while clean through.
The second was a puzzling decision to disallow a Cardiff goal from a corner, it looked as though Lloris was impeded but really got himself in a tangle that prevented him from coming to collect the ball. He was lucky that the referee adjudged him to have been pulled back, replays showed it was another questionable decision.
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