I’ve got some things I want to cover in tactics posts later this week, but that can wait. Yes, we did the thing we did last year at Old Trafford again: We were fairly mediocre, but not dramatically worse than the home side and were undone by a stupid giveaway in midfield leading to an attack down the right channel.
That said, a few good things did happen this weekend: Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko both put in good appearances off the bench. Sissoko’s end product is still lacking, but he was taking on the opposition well, getting into threatening positions, and pushing the ball up the field. Winks, likewise, looked a solid prospect in midfield. (Hopefully we see Dier-Winks in midfield while Moussa Dembele is out injured.)
Additionally, Manchester City was throttled by Leicester City and Liverpool dropped points at home in a 2-2 draw to West Ham. So the weekend was not as bad as it might have been.
More to come on this, but for now:
Possible Europa League opponent Borussia Monchengladbach snapped a three month winless spell in the Bundesliga this weekend—and they did it in controversial fashion.
Tottenham have won more games after trailing at halftime than any other EPL side in the last three seasons.
Potentially of interest to our North American readers: Mexican giants Club America will face Real Madrid later this week in the Club World Cup.