Monday Manager: Talking Points

David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on December 14, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun

Every week we bring you our take on some of the big talking points from the Barclay’s Premier League.

De Gea the key to United’s improvement.

Man United fans will today be revelling in the glory of their 3-0 victory over Liverpool. The result should go some ways to relieving the pain delivered by defeat in the corresponding fixture last year.

In truth, the game was far from as one sided as the scoreline suggests. It really came down to the performance of both goalkeepers. Liverpool keeper, Brad Jones, was caught out trying to anticipate for two of United’s goals. At the other end United’s Spanish keeper, David De Gea, put in an other worldy performance. He produced eight saves,  including one truly spectacular one from Mario Balotelli.

De Gea came in for a huge amount of early criticism in the early days after his move from Athletico Madrid. Some of it was warranted, some completely overblown. Since then he has honed his craft and made an enormous improvement to the point where he may well be United’s best player. His contract is up for renewal soon and with Real Madrid rumoured to be sniffing around United need to do whatever it takes to keep him.

Spurs Late Late Show

For the third time in four games, Spurs staged a late smash and grab to secure three points. This habit is the hallmark of mentally tough teams, something the London side have been anything but over the last few years.

These last few weeks have hinted that Mauricio Pochettino is beginning to get through to this group of players. They still look like long shots for the Champions League but it seems that they are improving as the season wears on.

Daniel Levy (Spurs chairman) has not been renowned for his patience with managers. However, it is time to be realistic about the team’s ability and let this one have some time. Showing faith in a manager has been proven this season by both West Ham and Newcastle. Lets hope Spurs (and Liverpool) take note.

Leicester Losing Ground

Not so long ago Leicester City staged a stunning comeback victory over Man Utd at the King Power Stadium. With Leonardo Ulloa scoring for fun and Jamie Vardy running United ragged, The Foxes looked like they belonged in the Premier League.

Since that game they have regressed steadily and now lie bottom of the league. Nobody has been cast adrift yet but it is Leicester who look the most likely to face relegation. They have no capacity for defending and with the goals now dried up it is tough to see them winning any game.

They have conceded the most goals of any side in the last six weeks (11) and scored just four in that time. Those sort of statistics lead to teams going down and right now Leicester can’t afford to sink any further.

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