Premier League grades: Manchester United’s momentum, Arsenal cruise, Liverpool frustrated
Last Updated: 25/02/19 12:42pm
Who is looking strong going into the business end of the campaign and who isn't? Find out in this week's Premier League grades...
In the most talked about Premier League game of the weekend it was honours even at Old Trafford as Manchester United held Liverpool to a goalless draw.
With Manchester City in Carabao Cup action against Chelsea, the point was enough to see Jurgen Klopp's men move back to the top of the table.
So just how did those at the top, bottom and in between get on? Read on for the lowdown from all of this weekend's games...
Crystal Palace - A
What a difference a few weeks make as the Eagles moved further away from the relegation zone with a great 4-1 win away to Leicester City.
The January signing of Michy Batshuayi, on-loan from Chelsea, looks like the business of last month and he has been key to Palace's up-turn in fortunes and also opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium. (Blake Welton)
Newcastle - A
The good times are back on Tyneside. That is now three home league wins in a row for Newcastle, who could not buy a home win earlier in the season.
The football, at times, regardless of the meagre opposition, was free flowing, with everyone getting involved.
Newboy Miguel Almiron was superb, young Sean Longstaff continued to look at home in the Premier League, while Salomon Rondon was again on the scoresheet. Things are on the up in the north east. (Pete Hall)
Watford - A
At the start of the season who would have thought Watford would be the best of the rest at the end of February?
Friday night's 5-1 win over Cardiff City may have seen a few gifted goals but take nothing away from Watford.
All credit has to go to Javi Gracia for the quiet revolution he is undertaking at Vicarage Road. (Blake Welton)
Burnley - A-
Sean Dyche has spoken in recent weeks about Burnley's improvement in both boxes and this was apparent as they registered their biggest win of the season against Spurs.
James Tarkowski and Ben Mee did their part in keeping the returning Harry Kane quiet for large spells while Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood's devastating partnership continued to bear fruit up top.
In total they've scored 17 goals between in 17 starts together at the club. A deadly duo, marshalled by a manager at the top of his game. (Lewis Jones)
Arsenal - B+
Arsenal never really got out of gear after their two early goals against Southampton, but it proved enough on a day when they returned to fourth in the Premier League, and amid a run of five games in 15 days they did themselves no harm taking it easy.
But a better team than Southampton might have taken advantage of a few defensive lapses in either half, most notably with the score goalless six minutes in when Nathan Redmond was played onside by a sleeping backline before testing Bernd Leno. (Ron Walker)
Bournemouth - B+
Eddie Howe's side continued their recent impressive home form by drawing 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday, a result that saw them move up to 10th in the Premier League.
The Cherries may have taken all three points had it not been for a Josh King's late penalty miss, but it was another point to move them further clear of the drop zone.
And with Nathan Ake imperious at the back and King helping ease the burden of the missing Callum Wilson, Bournemouth can look forward to the final 11 games of the season with confidence. (Richard Morgan)
Manchester United - B
Considering the injury turmoil United suffered in the first-half, this was a certainly a good point when considering the whole picture.
In fact, it was the hosts that created the clearer openings but Alisson denied Jesse Lingard and Chris Smalling was inches away from lifting the roof off Old Trafford in injury time.
The positive momentum under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues - it's going to be hard for the United hierarchy to ignore this feel good factor when deciding their next full-time boss. (Lewis Jones)
Wolves - B
After a promising start at the Vitality on Saturday, the visitors lost their way slightly and in the end were grateful that Josh King spurned a late penalty kick.
However, it says much about Wolves' progress this season that they will be disappointed not to have returned to seventh in the table by beating Bournemouth. (Richard Morgan)
West Ham - B
They made hard work of it early on, and got more than their fair share of luck along the way, but West Ham dug deep, and got the better of Fulham, showing some quality as the match wore on.
Having gone five without a win in all competitions, it was important that they got back to winning ways, and to come from behind, no matter who it is against, shows a great deal of courage. (Pete Hall)
Liverpool - C
A point gained? Or two dropped? That was the question doing the rounds after Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table after a turgid draw with Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool were taken out of their rhythm due to a fragmented first-half full of injury problems and whilst that may have been the case, Liverpool did not attack like a team on the pursuit of winning a title.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane played like they had their boots on the wrong feet while the midfield three added little in terms of guile and creativity. On this showing, Manchester City won't be losing much sleep. (Lewis Jones)
Southampton - C
Arsenal have only just got over the hangover from losing their unbeaten run against Southampton in December, but there was only briefly any hope of a repeat performance.
They folded the moment Arsenal scored their second goal 17 minutes in and only in the final minutes did they finally test Bernd Leno again.
They started without a recognised striker despite having Charlie Austin and Michael Obafemi on the bench, and even if the former is out of Hasenhuttl's favour, sometimes needs must. (Ron Walker)
Cardiff - D
Neil Warnock may have been left raging with the fact his side were not awarded a blatant penalty in the first half against Watford but ultimately the Bluebirds were masters of their own downfall in the 5-1 defeat.
They should have done better for all three of the Hornet's opening goals which saw the game over as a contest soon after the hour mark.
If Cardiff are to stay up they will need to eradicate the errors at the back as soon as possible. (Blake Welton)
Fulham - D
This was their moment. They raced into an early lead, and were looking comfortable. Both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ryan Babel were causing plenty of problems, while West Ham continued to look frustrated.
However, once again, Fulham were masters of their own downfall, as the Premier League's most porous defence was once again breached far too early.
To have conceded 60 goals at this stage of the season is simply not good enough. They are nearing needing a miracle if they are to stay up (Pete Hall)
Huddersfield - D
They started brightly at St James', but a needless red card, out of nowhere, cost Huddersfield dear. After that, they never really had a hope of getting something out of the encounter.
Their situation is looking more and more desperate. They surely are getting to a point where this season can be written off, with the focus on next season. No win since November says it all. (Pete Hall)
Tottenham - D
They did it again. Just when Spurs look a threat in the title race they shoot themselves in the foot.
Defeats against Wolves, Manchester United and now Burnley look to have put pay to their Premier League aspirations and Mauricio Pochettino's mood in the aftermath summed it all up.
It was a very frustrating performance. For long periods, they drifted through the match and were caught cold twice by a dogged Burnley side.(Lewis Jones)
Leicester City - D
Losing 4-1 at home to strugglers Crystal Palace is simply unacceptable and it is for that reason that the Foxes parted company with their manager Claude Puel after the encounter.
The scoreline is emphatic but also bizarrely Leicester had an incredible 65% possession and 27 shots on target.
However, the fact they have gone six games without a win and conceded the first goal in 19 matches (more than any other team) is the ultimate reason why the Frenchman has departed. (Blake Welton).