Top 10 conclusions Premier League 3-4 March
1. Manchester United can still pull off the results even when they are playing pretty poorly – and they were not at their best against Newcastle last night.
2. Maybe all the nonsense talk about Chelsea and Liverpool putting them under pressure with wins on Tuesday night had an effect. I don’t know why – they ought to become the most comfortable champions in years, and wins for Chelsea and Liverpool will have no great influence on that.
3. Robbie Keane is still capable of scoring Premier League goals (and making them too).
4. Nothing quite like building on Saturday’s victory over Liverpool, eh Middlesbrough?
5. Wigan’s Lee Cattermole couldn’t have made his attempt at revenge much less discreet. A two-footed lunge right in front of the referee and aimed at Scott Parker’s legs rather than the ball. I’m not sure what Parker had done, because it was Lucas Neill who had incensed Cattermole with a foul on him before that.
6. Phil Brown is hilarious. Substituting Geovanni with Nick Barmby in the 90th minute against Fulham after the Brazilian’s strop at the same move at the weekend. Things worked out well for Brown though with the Tigers grabbing the winner without Geovanni on the pitch.
7. Nemanja Vidic bleeds. It was strange to see after a stray elbow from Obafemi Martins, like watching a robot cry or something.
8. It is quite funny to see Bolton coming unstuck from a set-piece by a team of big bullies. Welcome back, Rory Delap.
9. Steven Taylor must have been watching Alex’s tactics from Tuesday night because he tried to strangle/break the neck of Cristiano Ronaldo. But these tactics were all his own design:
10. Arsenal have remembered how to score goals (against West Brom, at least).