The Premier League’s so-called “Super Sunday” didn’t live up to expectations, with the two clubs from Manchester cruising to easy wins. Manchester United faced Liverpool in the classic North West England derby. However, the Red Devils established their supremacy in the game far too early with Robin Van Persie’s 17th league goal of the season in the first half and Nemanja Vidić’s header right after the interval, while Brendan Rodgers’ young team seemed shell-shocked by the intensity of such a high-profile game. The introduction of new recruit Daniel Sturridge and summer purchase Fabio Borini, who returned after missing nearly three months with a foot injury, brought a late revival. But that wasn’t enough for the Reds. After the 2-1 win, United remains seven points clear.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was the man to blame for the defeat against Manchester City. It was 9 minutes into the game when the French defender earned himself a red card for the foul on Eden Dežko. Although referee Mike Dean showed the second red card in the game to Vincent Kompany in the second half, it was too late for the home team to cause any serious trouble for the Blue Moon. Outnumbered for most of the game, Arsenal was beaten by a relaxed City side, with Milner and Dežko both scoring.
Chelsea continued their good form away from home, with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Stoke City. It was the largest loss for the Potters in Britannia Stadium since returning to the top flight in 2008. Chelsea’s away form draws a sharp contrast with their home record, as they lost both of their previous two games at Stamford Bridge. It was even more surprising when you consider the two clubs that conquered the Bridge: Queens Park Rangers took three points not long ago, and Swansea City beat the Blues 2-0 in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.
An inexperienced Aston Villa side suffered defeat at home to Southampton. The free-fall of the Villains saw them dropping into the relegation zone, joining Reading and Queens Park Ranger in the fight for survival in the top flight.