Premier League review
A Man United loss and a win for their rivals Man City means little has changed in an exciting opening weekend of the Premier League.
All eyes were on the ‘tactical genius’ that is Louis Van Gaal, but in a David Moyes-esque manner, his side endured yet another home loss, this time at the hands of Garry Monk’s Swansea City.
Van Gaal attempted to execute the 3-5-2 formation that he has preferred throughout pre-season, but he also gave league debuts to Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard, with Blackett playing on the outside of the three-man defence, an area that Swansea’s wide men exploited throughout the match. Lingard played on the right as a wing-back and the two youngsters along with the rest of the team failed to convince anyone that United could be successful this season.
Man City didn’t disappoint as they were efficient against a fired-up Newcastle at St. James’ Park. City ran out 2-0 winners but were made to work hard for their win with The Magpies pressing hard, and their tenacity was met with the skill of new signing Remy Cabella who particularly impressed.
But City were simply more deadly in front of goal and it was easy to see why they are the champions and still the ones to beat.
Arsenal and Liverpool both won 2-1 as they beat Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively. Arsenal had to come from behind and Aaron Ramsey’s late winner saved the side from a humiliating defeat.
Everyone seemed to expect a no-show from Southampton following the loss of so many key players, but they gave anything but as they gave Liverpool problems throughout, and even looked like the more likely winner following Nathaniel Clyne’s equaliser in the second half, before Sturridge eventually added the winner for Liverpool.
Former Southampton players Dejan Loveren and Rickie Lambert played their first games for Liverpool against their former club. Former Saint and now Liverpool player, Adam Lallana, watched the game from the stands.
Elsewhere there were wins for Tottenham as new signing Eric Dier scored the only goal of the game in stoppage time as their match with West Ham ended with both teams only having 10 men.
Aston Villa beat Stoke City 1-0 at The Britannia, Hull won 1-0 away at QPR and Leicester drew 2-2 at home with Everton in their first game back in the top flight while Sunderland also held West Brom to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.
One game remains in the first game week as Chelsea travel to newly promoted Burnley.