(Reuters) – Premier League weekend talking points:
EVERTON SHOW FIGHT BUT FACE UNTHINKABLE DROP
Premier League stalwart Everton face the real prospect of seeing their 68-year stay in the English top flight come to an end this season after a damaging weekend.
Burnley’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers coupled with Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in a spirited Merseyside derby on Sunday means Frank Lampard’s side are now in the bottom three.
They fought at Liverpool and could have gotten a result another day, but nothing is right for them this season.
Everton have one game in progress against Burnley, but their remaining fixtures include trips to Leicester City and Arsenal, as well as a home clash with Chelsea. Their fate in the Premier League is still in their hands, but the threat of relegation is greater than ever.
STRENGTHENING MAN UTD’S DEFENSE WILL BE TEN HAG’S PRIORITY
Manchester United benched Harry Maguire out of form at Arsenal after a difficult personal week for the centre-back due to a bomb threat at his home, but their defensive problems continued in London, bringing another reminder of necessary reconstruction.
Returning Raphael Varane failed to clear a cross that led to Nuno Tavares’ opener, while full-backs Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles struggled throughout the game, leaving Victor Lindelof as the best player in a bad back four.
A 3-1 loss means United have scored seven goals in their last two matches after a 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool, making it clear new manager Erik ten Hag needs to build from the back to take the club forward. team in trouble.
JESUS REMINDS WHAT HE CAN OFFER
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus was heavily linked with a Manchester City departure in the British media this week, to make room for incoming Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
But the 25-year-old gave manager Pep Guardiola a timely reminder of what he can do as he plundered four goals to fire the champions to a 5-1 win over Watford on Saturday.
Jesus scored his first Premier League hat-trick on his 155th appearance in the competition. He was the fifth Brazilian to score a hat-trick in the competition, after Afonso Alves, Robinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Moura, but the first to score four in a single match.
Such a clinical display of finishing could persuade City that there is room for Jesus and Haaland in the ranks for next season.
HOWE NEEDS CREDIT TO RAISE NEWCASTLE FROM THE DEAD
Newcastle United didn’t win a game until December but have now won 10 in their last 14 Premier League games as manager Eddie Howe’s revolution at St James’ Park gathers pace.
Bottom of the league five months ago, Newcastle cruised to an emphatic 3-0 win over seemingly doomed Norwich City on Saturday which propelled them into the top half of the table and completed a remarkable turnaround.
They are playing with confidence, especially their new Brazilian signing Bruno Guimaraes, who capped off a fine performance with a goal.
It’s true that they spent a lot of money in January to improve the team, but this team full of potential is welded together by Howe, with his tactical sense and man management skills.
TUCHEL HAPPY THAT JORGINHO CONTINUES WITH PENALTY TECHNIQUE
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was a relieved man after Sunday’s 1-0 win over West Ham thanks to Christian Pulisic’s late strike, but things could have been very different had they dropped points after the penalty missed from Jorginho on a weak effort.
The Italian midfielder shot straight at the goalkeeper in the 87th minute from a staggered swing and a leap – similar to how Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes did when he missed the target from the spot in their loss to Arsenal.
The technique has drawn its fair share of critics who prefer a direct approach, but Tuchel has said he won’t call for change. “It’s his style, he’s right to stick to it. He’s upset but happy that Pulisic finished him,” Tuchel said.
(Writing by Peter Hall, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Nick Said; editing by Clare Fallon)