Well that makes things more interesting doesn’t it? Two weeks ago everyone was raving about Manchester United’s quintuple and it was frankly becoming boring, writes Tom Mallows.

Now Liverpool, who are scoring goals for fun, are just a point behind. Rafa’s rant is long forgotten, for now.

Away from the title race we have had, amongst others, a diving Norwegian, a crazy Frenchman, a spitting Spaniard (allegedly) and one very angry Englishman.

Here’s my look at the top quotes of the week:

“In their next game, they (Man United) will play Aston Villa and Villa have won 10 away games, so that will be difficult.”
Rafa Benitez, after beating said Villa 5-0.

“I’ve seen it from different angles and it looks stupid from one of the angles – as if I just fell down.”
Morten Gamst Pedersen on his ludicrous dive against Arsenal last week. No Morten, it looks stupid from all angles.

 “I was only giving the f*****g ball back”
Wayne Rooney politely explaining to referee Phil Dowd what he was actually doing when petulantly launching the ball over-arm 20 yards up field.

“Because I am a bit crazy.”
Arsene Wenger explaining away his belief that Arsenal can somehow win the title.

“Sumptuous Empire-style furniture and a four-poster bed with 100 per cent cashmere sheets”
A description of the £4,500 (a night) five star Royal Suite of the Hotel Principe Di Savoia in Milan, where David Beckham is staying while on loan at AC. No wonder he didn’t want to go back to LA.

“He absolutely rapes him.”
How Alan Pardew bizarrely described Michael Essien’s tackle on Ched Evans. The BBC received 35 complaints about the comment. I can’t confirm whether Ched Evans was one of them.

“I categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match. I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?”
Did he? Didn’t he? After prowling around the pitch like a chav on a street corner Cesc Fabregas denies spitting at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton.
 
“I was there and I witnessed it, he spat at my assistant manager down the tunnel, he spat at his feet.”
Phil Brown sees differently, I wonder what Arsene thinks……

“I went early and haven’t seen anything”
What a surprise.

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