This weekend in Premier League action proved to be as hectic and dramatic as usual.
Southampton 1 (Kevin Danso sent off), Manchester United 1
Ole’s still at the wheel at United but how much longer?
After only four games of the new season, Manchester United are already seven points adrift from the top of the Premier League table.
Back in eighth, they seem a far cry away from the formidable side that their fans had painted them to be before the season started. Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka haven’t had nearly the impact that was expected of them.
Even with Southampton being down to 10 men in the last 15 minutes, United couldn’t add to Daniel James’ opener.
West Ham 2, Norwich 0
Arthur Masuaku was the shining star as West Ham got their second win of the season under their belts. He got the assist for Sebastian Haller’s opener, which he complemented with six tackles on the day.
West Ham’s other goal came from Andriy Yarmolenko, scoring his first goal in nearly a year. 349 days to be exact.
This was also the first Norwich game this season that Teemu Pukki hasn’t scored in.
Newcastle 1, Watford 1
Watford have their first point of the Premier League season with a very decent draw away to Newcastle. It took less than two minutes for Will Hughes to open the scoring.
Newcastle equalised just before half time. The game fizzled out into nothing in the second period.
Manchester City 4, Brighton 0
Manchester City sought to right the wrongs of their 2-2 draw with Spurs with their second home game of the season.
They easily dispatched Brighton with City scoring the first goal in 71 seconds – the fastest goal of the season so far. Sergio Aguero got his fifth and sixth goals of the season, too. The Argentine has scored in every game so far this season and is the early leader in the golden boot race.
The game wasn’t without incident though, with City’s Aymeric Laporte going down with a suspected ACL injury.
Leicester 3, Bournemouth 1
The Jamie Vardy show rolled around once more as the former Fleetwood Town striker took the game by the scruff to score two fantastic goals against Bournemouth alongside an assist for his teammate Youri Tielemans to get the third.
The first was special. He got the ball just outside the penalty area and had the audacity to attempt to lob Aaron Ramsdale in the Bournemouth goal.
Leicester are the only team not named Liverpool or Manchester City to still be undefeated this season, an impressive feat for Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Crystal Palace 1, Aston Villa 0 (Trezeguet sent off)
Despite Tom Heaton’s best efforts to keep Crystal Palace out, it wasn’t to be for Aston Villa – on the large part, down to VAR.
Jack Grealish went down and the referee blew for simulation just as the ball hit the net. Why couldn’t VAR take a look at it? Why can’t VAR interfere in goals wrongly ruled out as well as wrongly ruled in?
Chelsea 2, Sheffield United 2
A Tammy Abraham double was not enough for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side that are still trying to find their feet in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea now sit one place behind their opponents from this past weekend, with the Blues occupying the 11th place in the table, behind the Blades on goal difference.
It was a Kurt Zouma own-goal that completed the comeback for Sheffield United – handing them a point in the dying moments of the game.
Chelsea now have only one win in four and will face a difficult task catching up to the leaders despite it being so early in the season.
Burnley 0, Liverpool 3
Liverpool continues to be the only side in England’s top six tiers to have a 100% record thus far this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold should have his first goal of the season but his crazy 30-yard cross/shot was awarded as a Chris Wood own-goal.
Liverpool played the Clarets off the pitch with ease with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scoring the other goals. The former had an apparent tantrum when he was subbed off following a moment of Mohamed Salah “greed.”
The next team to try and stop the Reds will be Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.
Everton 3, Wolves 2 (Willy Boly sent off)
Three goals in the first 12 minutes set the tone for a competitive and frenetic game at Goodison.
Some silly defending in the second half lead to Wolves conceding the third goal that ended up being the final nail in the coffin of their first loss of the season.
Fabian Delph continued his fine start to the season with a very good performance for Everton.
Arsenal 2, Spurs 2
A very exciting iteration of the North London derby went down this past Sunday.
However, the result is a detriment to both sides. Both sides reside outside of the top four with Spurs being way down in ninth.
Matteo Guendouzi had a great game for Arsenal, especially in the second half as the Gunners showed great character to come back from 2-0 down.
Team of the week
We have two weeks now with no Premier League action as we take our first international break of the season. The Premier League returns on September 14 with Liverpool vs Newcastle.