The Manchester derby at Etihad
Van Gaal's big reputation is saving him from being mauled by critics as his team did no better than David Moyes' last season. Mistakes galore gave City its 4th derby win in a trot. First, Smalling committed a school boy error of blocking Joe Hart from kicking the ball in his hand, then in less than 10 mins later, rashness made him bring down Milner. This first half send-off compounded Utd's problem at the back. They already had Antonio Valencia playing full back!!! Worse to come was when Rojo got a shoulder injury, self inflicted. City smelled blood and duly scored through Aguero to end a 3-match winless streak. Utd yet to win away from home.
Utd's defensive problem continues and if not contained, van Gaal's team might just end up worse than 7th at the end of the season despite spending more millions than David Moyes.
So far, it is a painful experience being a Red Devils fan......
Newcastle vs Liverpool: 0-1 Alan Pardew rose from the dead when the Toons continued their revival at St James Park against a poor Reds side. Balotelli, who? Still missing the goals....Brendon Rogers is learning how the once almighty can just fall so easily
Arsenal vs Burnley: 3-0 Easy win for Gunners with a Sanchez brace. Burnley has still to win any game
Chelsea vs QPR: 2-1 Mourinho side is still unbeaten though it was a hard fought win over a QPR side who was on a rise recently. Chelsea is leading the table by 4 points.
Villa vs Spurs : 1-2 Villa's first goal since Sept but could not hold lead to lose to Spurs