Villains of the Premier League this week - Manchester United and Chelsea feature

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Swansea City and diving all feature in a round-up of villains.

There are a couple of individuals from the weekend who stand out as villains in the Premier League. It has seen the title race take another twist whilst the relegation battle seems to have a bit of new life about it – whilst some individuals are going to come under pressure.

But here is a look at the performances, and individuals who could be regarded as villains from this weekend.

Manchester United

Their performance against Liverpool was nothing short of abject. Though credit must go to the visitors for their terrific display, United were poor. Managing one shot on target throughout the entire game is a shoddy effort from the reigning champions in one of their biggest games of the season against their fiercest rivals.

Rafael Da Silva didn’t cover himself in glory, his challenge on Steven Gerrard earned him a yellow card and he could have easily been sent off for the handball that gave away the first penalty of the afternoon. Phil Jones’ challenge on Joe Allen was puzzling for the second penalty as the Liverpool midfielder wasn’t really going anywhere – whilst Nemanja Vidic picked up his customary red card against Liverpool. Though it must be said it was harsh on him but the challenge wasn't great – even if there was no contact with Daniel Sturridge who performed an unbelievably good dive that when you see it in real time, you can see why Mark Clattenburg pointed to the penalty spot.

But even a third penalty didn’t stop United’s clumsiness as Michael Carrick could have easily given away a fourth whilst he and Fellaini in the midfield were completely overwhelmed – and David Moyes suggestion that an opposing team at Old Trafford were favourites before kick-off just shouldn’t be said.

Overall, a terrible performance from Manchester United, and it’s hard to single out just one individual.

Ramires

It was a horrible challenge on Karim El Ahamdi in the closing stages that led to the Brazilian being given his marching orders shortly before the final whistle – meaning that he will miss the crucial clash with Arsenal on Saturday as well as two Premier League games subsequent to that.

Though Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may have his grievances with referee Chris Foy – so much so that he would like him not to referee any more matches involving his side – he wasn’t to blame for the defeat that has dealt them a big blow in the title race.

They probably regard themselves a little unfortunate for not being ahead just before half-time as Nemanja Matic’s effort was disallowed for handball, but the lack of threat going forward from Chelsea was there for all to see.

Willian will probably a feel a little hard done by for his second yellow card in the game which led to his dismissal but his absence from just the one game is likely to be far less damaging than that of Ramires for three.

Swansea's attitude

Not only has Swansea City boss Garry Monk seemingly copied the dress sense of Tim Sherwood at Tottenham Hotspur, but there seem to be elements of the public dressing down as well as Monk criticised his side's attitude after their 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty Stadium, when the Swans lead after two minutes before a poor second half display allowed the Baggies back into the game. 

Monk said afterwards: "In the second half, for some reason, we were sloppy. We didn't start the half right.

"In the second half we didn't come out there with the right attitude or the right intensity of our game."

It's not to the same degree as Sherwood's public criticism of his side, but Monk will be hoping he doesn't have to criticise them much more in the future - or mention babysitting.

Diving

There isn't a weekend that seems to go by without there being at least one dive to talk about. George Boyd's tumble when trying to take the ball around Joe Hart in Hull City's game against Manchester City provoked an angry reaction from the goalkeeper - whilst Daniel Sturridge's dive at Old Trafford, as mentioned, was shown up in slow motion. However, neither of them ended up having an impact on the result.

 

 

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