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Liverpool v Manchester United: Liverpool could dominate like United did – Jermaine Jenas

Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles while in charge of Manchester United

Liverpool could dominate English football like Manchester United did in the 1990s and 2000s, says former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

Premier League leaders Liverpool play United at Anfield on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp's side 27 points ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team, who are fifth.

"The gap is so vast between them," said Jenas on BBC Radio 5 Live's Friday Football Social.

"Jurgen Klopp has something about managing players that Ole is learning."

United won the Premier League 13 times in 21 seasons, including three championships in a row between 1999 and 2001 and again between 2007 and 2009.

But Jenas felt Solskjaer's style of football would not challenge for titles, while Klopp's ability to build a team and improve players will see the European champions win more trophies.

"The one thing that sticks out in my mind is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and what he's capable of doing with this group of players," said Jenas.

"You can have top players, but can you get them playing a style of football that's capable of challenging this Liverpool team? Liverpool look like they'll dominate as United did in the late '90s and early 2000s.

"When I watch United and their style of play is this a team that can challenge Liverpool for a title? I've not seen it in Solskjaer as yet.

"I don't see that style that can compete with the best. That's not to say it's not doable as Solskjaer will evolve as a manager, he will learn and adapt."

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and have played two games less

Before joining Liverpool in 2015, Klopp spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund, guiding them to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final in 2013.

Jenas added: "Klopp built a couple of teams at Dortmund. He won a league there, got them into a Champions League final.

"He was a winner with really good young players. He developed these players and even the players he has right now, look at what he's done with Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, who got relegated with Newcastle, and look how Jordan Henderson has evolved over the last two years."

Jenas thinks United would be closer to challenging for titles if they had ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino in charge.

"I'm seeing players like Fred start to look like he can do a job, Daniel James has been brilliant so the signs are good for Manchester United and part of me thinks stick with the process and stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer," said Jenas.

"But I'd struggle to ignore Pochettino. He's closer to what Klopp is than Solskjaer is and it would be a quicker process to get that team playing a certain type of football that would win a title."


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Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea: Isaac Hayden’s injury-time winner stuns Blues

Isaac Hayden's dramatic injury-time header earned Newcastle an unlikely three points at St James' Park

Newcastle showed they have the appetite for a scrap in the bottom half of the table as Isaac Hayden's dramatic injury-time header earned a vital win against a dominant Chelsea.

Frank Lampard's side were on top for most of the game but had little to show for it as Tammy Abraham skewed wide from an acute angle and N'Golo Kante's shot was well saved by Martin Dubravka.

Prior to the winner, it was the hosts who came closest to scoring as Joelinton headed against the bar after Federico Fernandez's cross after 22 minutes.

But Steve Bruce's side showed their steel by keeping Chelsea at arm's length with a resolute defensive display.

And when Hayden headed in Allan Saint-Maximin's cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga, it sent St James' Park into raptures as they moved seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Their only worry was an injury to Jetro Willems, who was carried off in the first half.

Bruce said after the game that the problem looked "horrendous" with him fearing a cruciate knee ligament injury.

For Chelsea, it was another frustrating day during a mixed season under Lampard, who took over in the summer.

It was a first defeat since Boxing Day but they will rue another missed chance to improve their top-four claims after also drawing at Brighton earlier this month.

The Blues remain five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who face Liverpool on Sunday.

But the lack of firepower up front may sharpen Lampard's intentions to recruit a striker during the transfer window after being linked with the likes of RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.

Newcastle fortunate after string of bad luck

Bruce said prior to the game that he was happy with his squad and would only bring players in during the transfer window if they would improve on his current crop.

And they showed their defensive quality by holding out against a Chelsea side who had 70% possession during the game and created the vast majority of the chances in freezing conditions on Tyneside.

If there was a touch of fortune to the result, Bruce will not care.

His side has been struck by a succession of injuries this season, and he will be delighted that the returning Saint-Maximin created the goal which lifts his side to 12th place in the table.

The result also earned a fourth game unbeaten for the first time this season, albeit with two of those games coming against Rochdale in the FA Cup.

Despite all of Chelsea's endeavour, it was Newcastle that created the game's other best chance when Joelinton crashed a header against the crossbar.

With the £40m summer signing breaking a 20-game goal drought by scoring against Rochdale, Saint-Maximin offering trickery on the wing after a hamstring injury and Miguel Almiron scoring in three of the last four games, Bruce may feel his luck is turning.

The cheer that greeted the final whistle underlined how elated and surprised the home crowd were as the hosts earned their first Premier League win since December 21.

Frustrated Lampard rues poor finishing

Chelsea came into the match unbeaten since Boxing Day but it was another game where Lampard's young side showed their inexperience in front of goal.

Abraham, who has excelled in his first season at Chelsea with 15 goals, was wasteful at times, but there were also missed chances for Mason Mount, who headed over, plus Willian and Emerson, who could not find the target.

Despite their links with a striker during the transfer window and the potential departure of Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan, Lampard has said nothing is "imminent".

But he showed his frustration on the touchlines as his side failed to take advantage, much as they did in a 1-1 draw at Brighton earlier this month.

Lampard's faith in youth has drawn praise this season, and while home losses to Bournemouth and Southampton have been countered by away wins against Tottenham and Arsenal, this result will offer the new Chelsea boss plenty of food for thought.

His strict adherence to playing one lone striker may also be something he will consider in games where teams sit behind the ball and try to break as Newcastle did so successfully.

And there may be further questions about Arrizabalaga, who has had a mixed season, and looked like he could have done more to prevent the winner going in.

Man of the match - Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)

Newcastle's fit-again skipper produced 11 clearances in a resolute defensive performance

Unhappy hunting ground for Blues - the stats

  • Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has picked up just his second Premier League victory against Chelsea on what was his 23rd managerial game in the competition against the Blues (D5 L16).
  • Chelsea have lost five of their last seven trips to St James' Park in the Premier League (W1 D1).
  • Isaac Hayden's goal was Newcastle's first 90th-minute winner in the Premier League since December 2015 (Ayoze Perez against Tottenham).
  • Chelsea have now lost as many games after 23 Premier League games this season (8) as they did in the entirety of 2018-19.
  • Since the start of 2019, only Liverpool (19), Man City (17) and Spurs (12) have more home Premier League wins than Newcastle (11).
  • At 93 minutes and 26 second's, Isaac Hayden's winner was Newcastle's latest Premier League goal since Yohan Cabaye netted against West Ham back in January 2014 (94 minutes and 9 seconds).
  • Isaac Hayden's goal for Newcastle was just his third in the Premier League on his 70th appearance in the competition and first since February 2019 against Wolves.

'The brutal reality of football' - what the managers said

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "I can't fault my players for the way we defended. The big thing we need to do better is look after the ball and cause more of a threat. Today we didn't seem to carry a threat. But one great ball or delivery - you may call it smash and grab, but it is good to see.

"We can't press from the front like Chelsea do. If we did that we would come a cropper. We have to do it our way, a way that suits the squad we have got.

"We can get better but we have had results against the top teams. They find it difficult to play against us and that's what we try to do."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "We dominated every aspect of the game. They hit the bar in the first half but the rest of the game was ours, except scoring.

"Newcastle defend their box, you won't make too many clear-cut chances against them. We controlled the game, we were at the end of their box. If we want to go to the next level we have to take chances and score in these kind of games.

"The lads have got their heads down in there. But the brutal reality of football is if you don't score, teams stay in the game and something like that happens at the end."

What's next?

Newcastle travel to Everton in their next game on Tuesday, 21 January (kick-off 19:30 GMT), while Chelsea host Arsenal in the evening's late kick-off (20:15 GMT).


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Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace: Fernandinho scores late own goal

Cenk Tosun is only the fourth Turkish player to reach 10 or more Premier League goals

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's aim is to "secure a place" in the Champions League next season after their faint title hopes were dealt another blow by a resolute Crystal Palace side.

Fernandinho's 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.

The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchester United on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

Two Sergio Aguero goals in the last 10 minutes had turned a thrilling contest on its head - and looked set to earn City victory - after Cenk Tosun had given the Eagles a first-half lead.

"We did everything to win the game and unfortunately in the end we lost two points because we could not stop the counter attack," said the City boss.

"But we have to continue, there are still a lot of games to play. We have to try to secure the place for the Champions League next season."

Palace had the final word, however, when Wilfried Zaha stole down the left and put in a low cross that Fernandinho reached before Connor Wickham, only to divert the ball into his own net.

For long stages it appeared City would end up empty-handed, as they struggled to break down a brilliantly organised Palace side.

Kevin de Bruyne fired a first-half free-kick against the underside of the bar with the score at 0-0 but, for all the home side's possession, they found clear-cut chances hard to come by.

Palace, meanwhile, hardly ventured forward until they scored and their defensive outlook was so entrenched, the City fans booed James McArthur for time-wasting as he walked over to take the corner that led to their first goal.

When the ball did come over, Gary Cahill out jumped John Stones at the back post and Tosun was unmarked to steer his knockdown into the corner.

That silenced an already subdued stadium, with the home fans frustrated further after the break when referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot for a Jairo Riedewald handball, only for the video assistant referee to overrule the decision. Replays showed the ball came off the defender's foot first as he blocked Joao Cancelo's cross.

It took Aguero to lead the rescue mission, with his first goal - his 250th for the club - coming when he turned home a Gabriel Jesus cross, before his second saw him expertly nod home a Benjamin Mendy delivery.

That should have settled the outcome but Zaha had other ideas, sending in a dangerous delivery that Fernandinho could only help home to preserve their five-game unbeaten run.

No birthday joy for Guardiola

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says his side created the most chances against Crystal Palace

Manager Pep Guardiola was hoping to celebrate his 49th birthday with three points rather than by taking his City squad to a local cinema to watch La La Land, which he did when he turned 46.

But his jubilant reaction to Aguero's second goal turned to despair after Palace punished his side for dreaming at the back in all too familiar fashion.

The hard work had been done - they had found a way to break down a resilient Eagles side that offered City few chances after the break.

There was no way through the middle of the pitch so, time after time, City fired balls into the box. They had 46 crosses from open play alone.

That tactic repeatedly ended in frustration until two deliveries, both from the left, found Aguero in space, and he made no mistake.

Guardiola celebrated City's second goal wildly but he was soon back on the touchline to bark instructions at his players - unfortunately for him, they did not follow them.

A lapse in concentration saw Cancelo stray too far forward, allowing Zaha to make the most of the space behind him, with Stones unable to catch him.

"I told them to keep going, put more balls into the box and try to control Zaha on the counter-attack," Guardiola added.

"It's difficult to analyse when they shoot one corner have no more chances and we did many times and unfortunately could not win. We take it one game at a time."

Palace get reward for effort and organisation

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praises Cenk Tosun after debut goal against Man City.

Palace were the only team to win here in the Premier League last season, and came close to a famous double - Guardiola has never lost consecutive home games against the same opponent during his time at City.

While that triumph came largely thanks to two brilliant strikes from distance - first from Jeffrey Schlupp and then notably from Andros Townsend - the point they earned here came from teamwork, effort and discipline.

Roy Hodgson's side needed a cutting edge too, of course, and they got it from Tosun, who has joined on loan from Everton.

The Turkey striker marked his first start for the club with a fine finish to give Palace the lead with their first effort at goal, and he tested Ederson again after the break.

"We have only had him for a week so we are still learning about him, but his performance was not only very professional but also technically very good," Hodgson said.

"He's going to be delighted with his debut and I hope he continues along those lines for the next 15 games, because there is a lot of football to be played."

The Eagles have been short of goals this season - they came into this match with the joint-lowest tally in the top flight - but if Tosun continues in the same vein then he could fire them even further up the table.

Man of the match - Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Sergio Aguero gave everything to get his side back in the game and his two goals should have been enough to secure all three points

Aguero and Silva reach landmark figures - the stats

  • Manchester City have conceded 12 goals in their 12 league games at the Etihad this season, as many as their 19 home league matches last term.
  • This was City's third Premier League draw of the campaign, more than they had in their 38 matches in last season's competition.
  • Crystal Palace have drawn four consecutive Premier League games for only the second time.
  • Manchester City have conceded the first goal in six of their past nine home league games, as many as they had in their first 60 under Guardiola.
  • Guardiola became the fifth manager to take charge of Manchester City in the Premier League on his birthday, with all five failing to win (also Brian Horton in 1995, Joe Royle in 2001, Mark Hughes in 2009 and Roberto Mancini in 2010 and 2011).
  • Crystal Palace's Cenk Tosun - on loan from Everton - became only the fourth Turkish player to reach 10 or more Premier League goals, after Muzzy Izzet (34), Tuncay Sanli (20) and Tugay (10).
  • David Silva made his 300th Premier League appearance for Manchester City - becoming the first player to reach that total for the club in the competition.

What's next?

City head to Bramall Lane on Tuesday to play Sheffield United in the Premier League (19:30 GMT), while Palace host Southampton at the same time.


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‘The fans were terrific, I’m so thankful to them’

The result may have been frustrating, but Mikel Arteta could not be happier with backing we received from the Emirates Stadium crowd on Saturday.

Our head coach has spoken at length about improving the connection between the players and supporters, and he feels there has been clear improvement on that front.

"The fans were terrific, they were right behind the team and they appreciated every action as we were pushing them," Arteta told Arsenal Player.

"I’m so thankful to them because compared to how it was a month ago, I think it’s completely different.

"We have to keep trying to convincing them and encouraging them to keep doing it, and hopefully they can deserve and enjoy more good results."

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Arsene Wenger
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‘The fans were terrific, I’m so thankful to them’

The result may have been frustrating, but Mikel Arteta could not be happier with backing we received from the Emirates Stadium crowd on Saturday.

Our head coach has spoken at length about improving the connection between the players and supporters, and he feels there has been clear improvement on that front.

"The fans were terrific, they were right behind the team and they appreciated every action as we were pushing them," Arteta told Arsenal Player.

"I’m so thankful to them because compared to how it was a month ago, I think it’s completely different.

"We have to keep trying to convincing them and encouraging them to keep doing it, and hopefully they can deserve and enjoy more good results."

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