Talking points: “I can quit by myself,” said the embattled Dutch coach on the back of another hiding, this a 2-0 loss to Stoke. At least van Gaal was honest after the match, noting that the pressure on his team -- and questions over his future -- had become smothering. With Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings, it’s no longer a question of if but when as the Red Devils chew up and spit out another manager.
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Arsenal look a gift horse in the mouth
Talking points: Going into today's match at St. Mary's, the Gunners knew a win would put them in fine position atop the table. But what do Arsenal do when presented with gifts? Choke on them: Saturday's 4-0 thumping at the hands of Southampton was their worst loss in 21 months in the league and the worst this year since Bayern Munich emasculated them in Bavaria. For a team with title pretensions, these games are the ones you cannot lose. But a jaded and feckless Arsenal did just that, keeping this crazy title race quite open.
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Liverpool, Benteke earn critical win
Talking points: Jurgen Klopp has a lot of rope this season with the Reds, but things were getting mighty uncomfortable after a five-game spell without a win across all play. But this time, the Foxes’ bunker and counter tactics didn’t work, and it was the sub, under-fire Christian Benteke, who secured the points. Leicester City couldn't match Emre Can in Liverpool's midfield and failed to get another Vardy-Mahrez miracle. It is just the second loss for the Foxes this season. Can they respond?
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Chelsea paper over the cracks…for now
Talking points: All things considered, a draw against a suddenly hot Watford side is respectable for Guus Hiddink in his first match back at the Bridge. But it will sting to know that the Blues tossed away two points when Oscar punted his penalty into the Shed End. Many of the same woes seen under Mourinho remain. Chelsea’s defense is shabby and they can be easily rattled by pressing teams. But the attack seems revitalized, and if that continues, Chelsea can clamber back up the table.
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Why can’t Kompany keep fit?
Talking points: Manchester City have been deeply vulnerable without their captain and central defender Vincent Kompany, and seeing him limp off after nine minutes Saturday must have enraged Manuel Pellegrini. Since the 2014 World Cup, Kompany has struggled to stay healthy, and one now must suspect there is a greater underlying issue in play. For Pellegrini’s part, he offered this take: “It is difficult to understand. The most important thing is to understand why this happens.” Indeed, and soon.