EPL Week 6 Scores: What Shocking Losses Mean for Manchester Clubs
Saturday was not a good day to be a fan of the Manchester clubs.
While Manchester City dominated much of their match against Aston Villa only to lose 3-2 at Villa Park, Manchester United shockingly lost for a third time at home in the Premier League season, 2-1, against West Brom.
For City, the result dropped them five points back in the title race behind Arsenal and saw them fall three points behind Tottenham and one back of Chelsea in what has become a bit of a London scene atop the table.
Perhaps more troubling than the loss of points early in the campaign was the fact that City followed up such a performance against Manchester United with a lapse such as this one. The Citizens looked like Premier League favorites against the Red Devils, then promptly managed to blow a completely winnable contest against Villa.
That lack of focus and consistency will come back to haunt City all season long if Manuel Pellegrini's men don't remedy it soon.
For United, this loss seemed indicative of the beginning of Moyes' tenure. Shinji Kagawa's role remains unknown, and Moyes didn't hesitate to sub him out in the second half. The team lacked a true difference-maker in the midfield and again didn't seem to respond to Moyes' more conservative style.
Worse, the loss dropped United to 12th on the table with just seven points in six games. Sure, a draw against Chelsea and losses to Liverpool and Manchester City can at least be rationalized, but West Brom?
Things aren't well at Old Trafford these days, and the supporters will surely be quite impatient with Moyes already. Things had better turn around in a hurry there or heads may roll, including that of the club's new manager.
Here is all of Saturday's results, including an updated look at the table, and a few other notes from Saturday's play.
|10||West Bromwich Albion||6||2||2||2||6||5||1||8|
|16||West Ham United||6||1||2||3||4||5||-1||5|
Despite battling through injuries to Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby at various points this season, Arsenal are atop the table and look like the title front-runners at the moment. How good will this team be once they are healthy (and if they make another splash in the January transfer window)?
The Gunners have now won nine straight matches this season in all competitions since losing their season opener against Aston Villa 3-1 and have won eight straight away fixtures. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey continues his torrid start to the season, with eight goals in nine matches.
Speaking of midfielders starting the season strong, Robbie Brady scored his third goal on Saturday, the decisive blow for Hull City against West Ham. That's now 10 points in six matches for the newly promoted side, in no small part due to Brady's brilliance.
Another newly promoted club, Cardiff City, have taken eight points in their first six games after beating Fulham 2-1. Thus far, only Crystal Palace (three points) have struggled with the change in division.
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