That Was The Weekend That Was: Post-Cup Hangovers & Degrees Of Separation

It’s not quite as simple as to say that the Premier League championship is headed back to Old Trafford this season, but it’s starting to look that way. Manchester City have now dropped four points from their last two matches against Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool, while Manchester United just keep winning. They have won twelve of their last fourteen Premier League matches and, while they were made to work for it at Craven Cottage yesterday afternoon, the three points won from their win against Fulham – who, at least, put up a bit more of fight than they did at Old Trafford in the FA Cup last week – had something of an air of inevitability about it.  Manchester City’s draw against Liverpool trimmed United’s lead at the top of the table back into single figures, but this was a match at which City’s recent nerviness came face to face wit a Liverpool team which – last week’s upset at Oldham Athletic notwithstanding – has been starting to show signs of life again of late. That City managed to rescue a point from the match was due to a combination of a rush of blood to the head from the Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina and the brilliance of Sergio Aguero. Reina might have felt that he had done enough, in tearing out the left-hand edge of his penalty,...

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