Mourinho the psycho killer: Chelsea’s win at the Etihad was one of the games of the season and highlighted (a) his team’s ascendancy and (b) Manchester City’s shortcomings. Ignore the claims of “a year too early”, Mou is out to win the title.
Short memories at Swansea: Michael Laudrup was sacked by Swansea, less than a year after leading them to Wembley victory. Just what Swansea think they will achieve beyond that is a mystery. Almost as weird as sacking the amiable Dane. One to regret, we think.
United break-up begins: Nemanja Vidic has revealed he is on his way – “fresh challenge” talk means pay day in Italy for the Serbian defender. The start of a rebuild at Old Trafford.
Blade runners: Result of the week (apart from Chelsea’s win), was Sheffield United’s 1-0 FA Cup win at Fulham. Poor crowd, poor performance from the Cottagers. Blades for Wembley? Don’t rule it out in this silly season.
Forza Leeds: The Elland Road outfit is being taken over by Italian Massimo Cellino, a Sardinian who has sacked 35 managers in 21 years. Brian McDermott didn’t stand a chance.
Adieu Cavani?: According to tap-room talk, Edinson Cavani, Paris St.Germain’s striker, is bound for Chelsea or Manchester United.
Table talk: The Premier is now a three-horse race – official. At the bottom, three London clubs could go down: Palace, Hammers and Fulham. Championship –Leicester 10 points clear, QPR in second. Brentford and Wolves lead the way in One, Chesterfield three in front in Two.
Games to watch out for this weekend: Liverpool v Arsenal (can Reds knock the Gunners out of their stride?); Swansea v Cardiff. Derby v QPR (Monday); Leyton Orient v Peterborough; Scunthorpe v Chesterfield (top two clash); Monaco v Paris St Germain (the big one); Lazio v Roma (Eternal city derby).