Chris Kamara reflects on Chelsea's 3-1 win over Man Utd, Emmanuel Adebayor's form and the crucial penalty awarded to Liverpool against Aston Villa.
United's players are low on confidence...
KAMMY SAYS: Before the game on Sunday everybody predicted Chelsea were going to win and Man United would be found wanting - and after Samuel Eto'o had put the home side ahead on 17 minutes there was no way back for David Moyes' men.
United's players are under pressure. They didn't start the season well and, although they picked up in December, they have hit January with their confidence at an all-time low. Many of these players got themselves Premier League winners' medals last season but now everyone is questioning whether they are good enough to play for the club and whether they would get into Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal or Liverpool's team.
It's hard to explain how things have changed as quickly as they have - however, if you put Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney back into the team then it's a different kettle of fish. Once those two are back and scoring goals all of a sudden those players people are questioning will start performing.
I defy any team to not miss Rooney and Van Persie; even Man City, if they lost Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo at the same time wouldn't be at their best, and the same goes for Arsenal with Olivier Giroud.
...and they can't win the title now
KAMMY SAYS:United can't win the title now, it's impossible. They're relying not just on three teams to have disasters but the fringe teams too. They need all of them to have shockingly bad runs in the same way they have, and that doesn't happen.
It's important for the football club that they get into the top four, though. That will be a true test as to how well they think Moyes has done this year - if they were to qualify, will he be allowed to carry on and rebuild or will someone else be given the opportunity?
At the moment you can justifiably say it's not his team. However, managers have gone into the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the same situation and continued to be successful, so it's open to debate whether that is an acceptable reason for United's current performances.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are on a high - and John Terry deserves a World Cup place
KAMMY SAYS: That result will give Chelsea a massive lift and they were always going to be in with a shout for the title with the squad they have and Jose Mourinho at the helm.
John Terry is a key part of their success. He's a throwback, an old-school organiser; he's not the quickest but hardly ever gets caught out. It's a shame he's had a fall out with England because he's our best defender. It would be nice if he could sit down with Roy Hodgson because you'd feel a bit safer going to Brazil with him in your side alongside either Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka rather than those two together.
Tim Sherwood has learnt a thing or two from Harry Redknapp...
KAMMY SAYS: Emmanuel Adebayor scored his sixth goal in five Premier League games to help Spurs beat Swansea. Tim Sherwood, since he's come in, has got him in the team and performing. You can tell Sherwood has been around Harry Redknapp because that's one of Harry's traits: getting a player who is discarded from the team and who has people questioning whether he's good enough firing. Adebayor was discarded by Andre Villas-Boas but Tim's brought him back in, given him confidence and it's paying dividends.
Sherwood has also put a few youngsters into the team. The people who gave him the opportunity - Daniel Levy and the owners - at this moment in time will be delighted. They couldn't have asked for any more since they gave him the job and they'll be hoping it can continue.
Palace fans are right behind boss Tony Pulis and his methods
KAMMY SAYS: I was at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Tony Pulis said to me his team, on paper, are nowhere near the best in the league but with organisation they can get results. The crowd stuck with them during their 1-0 win over Stoke, too, and that was crucial. Palace didn't have a shot on target in the first 45 minutes but there was no jeering, the crowd just cheered them all the way through. Palace nicked their goal, sat back and tried to catch Stoke on the break and it worked. Sometimes as a manager you need to educate the crowd when you play like that at home but you don't have to do that at Palace. There's an acceptance that 'we're in the Premier League, we're enjoying it and we've got someone in charge who is doing his best to try and save us from going down so let's give him as much support as possible'.
The Stoke fans also deserve a mention. When their old boss Pulis came out at the end of the game, they stood to a man and applauded him for his efforts. It was nice to see. There was no animosity between them; the fans accept what a good job he did while he was at Stoke and, as long as they are safe, they'll be hoping Pulis and Palace stay up.
Liverpool's penalty is up for debate - but Brad Guzan shouldn't have dived in
KAMMY SAYS: We slowed down the Luis Suarez penalty incident on Goals on Sunday and there was slight contact between Villa's Brad Guzan and the Liverpool striker. The momentum from the goalkeeper, even though he was trying to put the brakes on, was always going to take him into Suarez and it was one of those which, from the ref's angle, looked like a penalty. When Suarez is involved it's always going to be controversial and I'm not sure if there would have been the same furore if it had been someone else. But, as you tell every defender, don't go to ground unless you're 100 per cent certain of getting the ball because if you make contact with the man - even slight contact - you could give away a penalty.
We had Stuart Pearce and Roberto Di Matteo - experienced football people - on the sofa on Goals on Sunday and they said that it could have gone either way - but Guzan gave the ref a decision to make.
Aston Villa's team are built to counter-attack
KAMMY SAYS: During Goals on Sunday we got some Twitter questions from Villa fans saying how come they can play like that away from home but not at Villa Park? Well, counter-attacking football seems to suit them. Maybe they should take a leaf out of Tony Pulis' book and sit back and defend at home and then attack once the opposition have committed themselves? That's probably not what the Villa fans want to see because they want to see their team going for it at Villa Park. But when teams come to Villa Park they are sitting deep and there's nowhere for Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke to make runs.
They showed in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool, though, that they have players capable of making inroads into one of the best teams in the league.
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