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Beacom on Monday: Suarez, Mourinho and Clingan

Our man's unbeatable verdict on the weekend's football action. You can't afford to miss it...

By Steven Beacom

The fantastic four... and the woeful one

Saido is a happy boy

Youngster Saido Berahino, whose family fled a civil war in Burundi to find sanctuary in the midlands when he was 10, was the hero for WBA scoring a fine winner in a shock 2-1 success at Manchester United. The last time the Baggies won at Old Trafford – 5-3 in 1978 – it helped then Albion boss Ron Atkinson land the United job. I wonder if Steve Clarke's waiting for a phone call...

Wiemann steps up to shine

It's a tough call as to whether West Brom's victory at United was better than Aston Villa's amazing 3-2 win over title favourites Manchester City. Maybe Villa edge it because they went behind TWICE and were without injured star men Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Andreas Wiemann stepped up in their absence and showed predatory skills to hit the goal which claimed all three points.

Much joy for Cardiff

There were some well taken goals at the weekend, but it was hard to beat Jordon Mutch's stunning left foot long distance effort for Cardiff, made all the better because it was the final minute winner in a 2-1 success at Fulham, giving the Welsh outfit their first top flight away victory in 52 years!

Sammy  returns with a goal

Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan  has had a nightmare with injuries in recent years, so it was fantastic to see him return to action from another lay-off and net a classy free-kick for Kilmarnock on Saturday, even if Killie lost 5-2 to Celtic.

Manuel's away day Blues

Take your pick for the woeful one. It could have been Martin Jol, Sam Allardyce or David Moyes, but I'm going for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini who incredibly has yet to lead his side to Premier League victory away from home. City, outstanding in that 4-1 derby home win over United, looked a defensive shambles at times in their loss to Aston Villa.

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Main Man: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

The Welshman just can't stop scoring. He now has eight goals in his last eight Arsenal games, the latest in Saturday night's 2-1 win over Swansea, taking the Gunners back to the top of the table. Ramsey is in sensational form and is playing with real confidence.

SAS are a deadly duo for Liverpool

It didn't take long for Luis Suarez to find the target again did it after his suspension? Suarez's two goals in yesterday's 3-1 win for Liverpool at Sunderland were put on a plate for him by Daniel Sturridge, who also scored. That dynamic duo might just do a bit of damage this season.

Jose Mourinho... pot, kettle, black

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to win everything he plays. Even a game of snap with his kids.

On Saturday Jose had more desire than usual to emerge victorious after being angered when before the game Spurs manager and former friend Andre Villas-Boas revealed the breakdown of their relationship.

Post match Mourinho, unhappy at drawing only 1-1 at White Hart Lane, labelled Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen "a disgrace" after his clash with Fernando Torres led to the striker being sent off, stating that the Belgian defender's reaction to an aerial challenge was the reason for the red card.

This from a bloke whose teams in the past haven't exactly been whiter than white. Pot, kettle, black spring to mind.

Also Torres should have been dismissed earlier for scratching Vertonghen's face.

Rafa returns as Italy's top gun

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is back in England for tomorrow's Champions League clash at Arsenal. The former Liverpool (still loved there) and Chelsea (always hated there) boss will arrive feeling good after a 2-0 weekend win at Genoa took Napoli to the top of Serie A.

 

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