Catch up with all the weekend antics from the Premier League in Monday Morning Leftback
PIC OF THE WEEKEND
You probably noticed Jose Mourinho roaring into the pitchside microphone at the final whistle in Chelsea’s win at West Brom.
“Singing,” he told the press afterwards, though his paranoid ramblings about John Terry’s sending-off suggest he may have been getting something more malevolent off his chest.
But never mind Jose. Just what kind of gesture is his pal behind him making here?
With Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn out of his hair, might Mourinho have finally assembled a backroom team of kindred spirits?
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Trev Sinclair surprised Pellegrini leads defensive drills given Kidd's English is better. A defence of Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany & Kolarov.
Trev Sinclair surprised Pellegrini leads defensive drills given Kidd's English is better. A defence of Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany & Kolarov.— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) August 23, 2015
We will never truly know what is happening on Chris Kamara’s watch. And long may that remain…
SILKS AND TEKKERS
Cesc Fabregas had to pay in again at the turnstiles after this Serge Gnabry spin.
THE WEEKEND IN GUFF
It was nearly five o’clock, most games had long finished, but Jeff Stelling would stay in top gear until word came through from the Shay Stadium:
"Jordan Burrow, digging Halifax out of a hole."
Last week saw Jamie Redknapp’s futile search for ’the last cog in the jigsaw’.
This week, old City stalwart Mike Summerbee recalled the man who glued it all together:
’Franny Lee really sealed the jigsaw.’
It’s the versatility that have impressed people most about Keith Curle’s time as Carlisle manager:
"The pleasing thing is that I have a Plan B. Plan B is more of Plan A."
On MOTD2, Mark ‘Chappers’ Chapman continues to confound all proverbs:
“It’s like a rolling stone, gathering moss.”
Adam Rooney celebrated his call-up to Martin O’Neill’s 37-man provisional Ireland squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers by scoring twice — a header and a penalty — to earn Aberdeen a 2-0 win over Dundee.
Man United: "LVG’s persistence with his Rooney Rule contrasts sharply with what many regard as baffling treatment of Herrera, a lively, forward-thinking and imaginative box of tricks, now chiefly confined to counting blades of grass from the bench. If there is a method to Louis’ madness, some grumble, then it’s certainly proving to be hard to discern. We are slow, boring, and short of ideas, all things that Herrera is not. What’s wrong with this picture?"
Chelsea: "The second reason for us conceding more goals is that Jose seems to be trying to change our style of play. Whether this be of his own will or instead at the behest of the owner we just don’t know, but it’s quite a big change both for the manager and the team."
PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEKEND
Jack Butland (Stoke) – A string of fine saves, notably from Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome, ensured Stoke left Norwich with a point.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – The Spanish full-back finally netted his first Premier League goal on his 88th appearance as the Blues won a thriller at West Brom.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) – Edged a bruising encounter with Rudy Gestede at the back and popped up with a towering header in Palace’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle) – Typified the Toon’s ’thou shalt not pass’ attitude as Steve McClaren’s side clung on for a goalless draw at Manchester United.
Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City) – Continued his fine start to the season as City registered another shut-out at Everton – and grabbed the opener for good measure.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – The on-song winger grabbed his fourth goal in three games with a stunning curler to secure a point for the Foxes against Tottenham.
David Silva (Man City) – The Spanish magician is at the heart of City’s storming start to the campaign and pulled the strings again at Goodison Park
Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) – Thrown in for a surprise debut against Villa, the former Wolves winger was a constant menace and hit a superb winner.
Pedro (Chelsea) – Talking of debuts, Pedro came up with a goal after 20 minutes and an assist 10 minutes later. What an impact from the Spain star.
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – Scored Bournemouth’s first Premier League goal and went on to bag a hat-trick as the Cherries picked up their first win at West Ham.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Looked back to his brooding, nasty best and scored Chelsea’s second goal at The Hawthorns to get off the mark for the season.
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