Chelsea are one of the last teams in action this weekend, playing in the early Sunday afternoon, but there were a few interesting things worth noting from Saturday as well.
First and foremost is José Mourinho’s situation at Manchester United, where he’s putting together yet another classic Mourinho Third Season™. Entering the weekend, some tabloids have even claimed that he would get the sack regardless of the result against Newcastle, and while United have denied any such stories, when Newcastle scored twice in the first 10 minutes — including the opener from non-left back Kenedy — at Old Trafford and still held a 2-0 lead past the hour mark, a sack was surely not far behind.
But Newcastle then realized that they’re actually a terrible team and proceeded to collapse to a last-gasp 3-2 loss. Mourinho lives to see another day.
"This is not about me or the players...this is about the club."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 6, 2018
"I am 55 years old and this is the first man hunt I have seen in football."
"If it rains in London it is my fault. A bad Brexit deal is my fault."
A FASCINATING Jose Mourinho interview with @DesKellyBTS... pic.twitter.com/bkJj8Yddod
Kenedy wasn’t the only loanee to score in a losing effort. Goal-machine Tammy Abraham got onto the end of a Conor Hourihane free kick to get Villa on the board against Millwall, but the home side came back to win 2-1 to consign Villa to zero points in the first game of the post-Steve Bruce era.
It was a much more happy occasion for Trevoh Chalobah, who scored his second goal of the season to win the game for Ipswich Town, their first of the season to help them move off the bottom of the Championship table. Chalobah, who was once again deployed as a defensive midfielder, had played a part in Swansea’s equalizer to make it 2-2, pressing high and getting turned a bit too easily, but he rose high to nod in the winning corner a few minutes later.
Last but certainly not least, there was a lovely bit of schadenfreude down on the Iberian peninsula as Thibaut Courtoissssss forgot everything he learned about defending corners in England and misplayed one pretty badly to help Real Madrid lose against Alavés. Courtois has won only 2 of the 6 games he’s played for Real so far.