NBC’s Match of the Day panel had some lingering questions to address on Saturday, with the day’s results providing new context to debates surrounding Manchester United, Joe Hart, and Martin Jol. When Robbies Earle and Mustoe joined Rebecca Lowe to break down the day’s action, they also addressed the new light shined on some of the Premier League’s persisting puzzles.
First up is Sunderland and Manchester United, with Earle and Mustoe reflecting on the game of two halves at the Stadium of Light. The first half was Sunderland’s, but only able to take on goal from their efforts, the hosts left the door open for Manchester United, who saw 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj step through it. That the Red Devils needed the young attacker’s double, however, casts some doubt on the quality David Moyes saw in his team’s performance.
Next up is Everton’s visit to Manchester City, where the Citizens sent the Toffees home with their first loss of the season. Coming off his mid-week display against Bayern Munich, Joe Hart was bound to be the center of attention, but as both Mustoe and Earle agree, he couldn’t be faulted on Romelu Lukaku’s opener:
Like Hart, Fulham coach Martin Jol alleviated some pressure on himself this weekend. Ahead of his team’s Saturday match with Stoke, the Cottagers boss was thought to be leading the post-Di Canio sack race. With his team’s win over the visiting Potters, has Jol saved his job? Earle and Mustoe think so. For now.