Two second-half goals in two minutes gave outclassed Aston Villa a shock 3-2 victory against Manchester City at Villa Park on Saturday, while rivals Manchester United were also dealt a surprise loss as West Brom won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1978!
In Birmingham, Man City were completely dominant throughout the match, yet somehow let the three points slip through their fingers. After Edin Dzeko had given City a 2-1 lead, Villa blitzed the Blues with a beautiful free kick by Leandro Bacuna in the 73rd minute and Andreas Weimann’s poach just moments later. With the loss, City were denied a chance to grab the provisional Premier League lead.
City’s defeat would have been the upset of the weekend if it weren’t for city rivals United. It looks like David Moyes will be receiving more criticism after overseeing back-to-back losses; United have now dropped all the way down to 12th place in the standings for the time being (Newcastle and Stoke can still jump them with at least a draw).
Credit must go to the visitors, though; West Brom created the best chances in the first half despite United dominating possession, and then controlled the second. Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring with a world-class solo run and chipped finish. After Rooney equalized minutes later with, how else, another great free kick, Saido Berahino netted the winner 20 minutes from time.