Bale, Huth, Rooney & more: Twitter reacts as Man United and Spurs win
Gareth Bale, Robert Huth and Wayne Rooney all Tweet their thoughts as Man United and Tottenham win, while Stoke draw
Manchester United closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea after goals from Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverley helped the Red Devils to a 3-0 win at Newcastle United.
Elsewhere, Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Stoke City, Tottenham eased to a 2-0 win against Aston Villa, while Barcelona and Real Madrid shared the spoils in El Clásico.
Here is a selection of top Tweets from the professionals on an intriguing day in the Premier League and La Liga.
Stoke defender Robert Huth (@robert_huth) pleads his innocence after a clash with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez: “Not intentional, if anything I made sure not to stamp. He was caught under me. It was a good tussle with him today, a lot tougher than he lets on”
Former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is pleased by Liverpool’s defending but admits a goalless draw is not ideal: “Disappointing afternoon for LFC – big improvement defensively just a bit short up front …great to see the young kids doing so well!”
West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster (@BenFoster) hails Brad Friedel after the American is dropped for the first time since 2004: “Gutted for Brad Friedel missing his first game for 310 PL appearances. Phenomenal record. Phenomenal goalkeeper.”
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) is delighted with the victory: “Good performance from the lads and another important three points at home! Set up perfectly for a massive game against Chelsea in two weeks!#londonderby”
Spurs midfielder Aaron Lennon (@Aaron7Lennon) wants to keep the winning run going after beating Aston Villa 2-0: “Another great win and good performance by the boys #keeptherungoing!!!”
Manchester United midfielder Cleverley (@tomclevz23) insists he meant his wonder-strike: “Good performance good win and great fans. Of course I meant it!”
Red Devils forward Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) is loving his new role as United win 3-0 at Newcastle: “Great win today. I’m really enjoying my new midfield role. Always involved in the game.”
United centre-back Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) is pleased by a good all-round team display: “Good result today against a good Newcastle team..happy with the clean sheet, team defended and passed well today. Thanks travelling fans again!”
Former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) rates Lionel Messi as the best player in his generation: “Lionel Andres Messi is the finest footballer I have seen in my lifetime.”
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Matt Holland (@mattholland8) is loving the battle between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: “2-2 in the battle between Messi and Ronaldo! This is getting ridiculous! #elclassico”
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique (@jose3enrique3) is enjoying El Clásico: “Great game by Madrid and Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi from another planet. Amazing from both and amazing game!
Finally, Cesc Fàbregas (@cesc4official) is disappointed Barcelona couldn’t snatch a win: “Although we have not ended in victory we fought until the end. Thanks to the fans for being awesome tonight.”