|Saturday, November 28|
Aston Villa 2
Stoke City 0
Crystal Palace 5
Man. City 3
Leicester City 1
|Sunday, November 29|
West Ham 1
West Brom 1
Swansea City 0
Norwich City 1
Highlights of the week
Jamie Vardy scores in 11 Premier League games in a row and beats Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record 10 in the process.
The goal is Vardy’s fourteenth of the season, making it an extraordinary result for the Leicester striker who barely made the headlines in football.
He just needs one more to equal the record of 12 set by Jimmy Dunne for Sheffield United more than 80 years ago.
Vardy was congratulated by Leicester City Manager Claudio Ranieri and Ruud Van Nistelrooy himself.
“I am very happy,” Ranieri said, “because before the match I said to my players we had two objectives today: 1) win the match and 2) try to help Vardy score and achieve the record.”
“We take one point which is good for our table and Jamie made the record. It is fantastic for us, a very good evening.”
Van Nistelrooy himself tweeted his congratulations. “Well done vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was furious as precious points were dropped and the goal that was conceded.
“We organised ourselves defensively to contain Vardy so we have to be disappointed at the way Leicester scored,” the United manager said after witnessing what can only be described as a trademark Vardy strike.
“I am very disappointed with the result, because I felt we could have won this game. We could have been first in the league and we are not. If you want to be champions at the end of the season, and we all do at Manchester United, then you have to win these type of games.”
However, it was noted that almost every fan and critics are attacking the new Manchester United style of football, calling it “boring” and “lacking inspiration”.
Club legend Peter Schmeichel is among the latest of a long list of former players and critics who sympathises with United fans.
In 14 Premier League games this season, they have scored 20 goals from 146 shots with 53 on target. Even in the miserable Moyes season in 2013-14, they had struck 22 times after the same number of games.
In Ferguson’s final title winning season in 2012-13, at this stage of the campaign they had scored 33 goals from 229 shots, with 84 on target.
Manchester United now seems set to bore their way to the title, but they will surely have to rely on the failings of others rather than any deeds of their own.