|The Daily Telegraph|
With all of their closest rivals dropping points, the weekend belonged to both Liverpool and, more interestingly, Manchester United; the current champions, and arguably sleeping giants so far this season.
It was a monumental step for United on Sunday, as they defeated current leaders Arsenal, 1-0 at Old Trafford. It was a hard fought, chess-like encounter, with chances few and far between; and it was Robin Van Persie’s first half header that ensured all three points went to the Red Devils.
Liverpool saw off a flailing Fulham, 4-0, with Luis Suarez amongst the goals once more, as the Anfield outfit closed the gap on Arsenal to just two points.
Newcastle keeper, Tim Krul was a man-possessed at White Hart Lane, keeping Spurs at bay almost singlehandedly, earning his side an unlikely 1-0 win.
Manchester City’s troubles on the road continued, with a 1-0 defeat to lowly Sunderland the latest in a string of damaging away losses for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Jose Mourinho came mighty close to losing his astounding Premier League undefeated home record against West Brom on Saturday. Were it not for a contentious penalty given in stoppage time, converted by Eden Hazard, the Portuguese would have had to have bid farewell to an unbeaten run stretching back to the very start of his first spell in charge.