Premiership weekend’s always a dodgy affair, especially after midweek Champions League matches. Key players need to be rested, bench warmers have to stand up to the occasion, and everyone hopes (with their fingers crossed) that the team doesn’t pay dearly for wholesale changes.
No problems for Man Utd, comfortable 2-0 winners over Middlesbrough. Giggs and Ji-Sung Park scoring the goals on either side of the half. Chelsea and Arsenal, too, won their respective games rather comfortably. Arsenal in particular made eight changes to the side that lost to Man Utd on Wednesday. Liverpool are also in command of their game against relegation-threatened Newcastle, leading 2-0 as I write this.
It’s business as usual for the top four in the Premiership. United are still six points clear of Liverpool, with five games to go.
Next stop: Champions League semifinal second leg against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Originally published: May 3, 2009