Old rivals sit top after Premier League’s opening weekend
A 3-1 away win over Bournemouth sees Manchester United sit in first position on the English Premier League ladder.
In the league debut for three of United’s four offseason signings, as well as manager Jose Mourinho’s first in charge at the club, the Red Devils did enough to walk away from Dean Court with the three points.
New star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored United’s third goal of the day, driving a ball from over 20 yards out into the bottom corner to seal the Red Devils’ first win of the new season.
Bitter rivals Liverpool sit just one spot behind in second place after its thrilling 4-3 win over Arsenal.
Chemistry and cohesion was an issue in the first half, as it was obvious that the club’s offseason signings had yet to gel together.
Arsenal took the lead after a curling shot from Theo Walcott, but went into halftime tied with Liverpool after a stunning free kick from over 30 yards out by Philippe Coutinho.
A different team turned up after the restart as Liverpool went on a tear, scoring three goals in a fifteen-minute span, highlighted by Sadio Mane’s brilliant run into the box and powerful shot into the top left corner.
The Gunners hit back with two more in the see-sawing matchup but couldn’t conjure a fourth goal as Liverpool took all three points in the away win.
The loss pushes the North London side to 15th position, although that should change in the coming matches.
The shock of the round came as defending champions Leicester City were defeated 2-1 by newly-promoted (and manager less) Hull City.
Goals in either half was enough for the Tigers to earn its first Premier League win since it was relegated after the 2014/15 season.
For the Foxes, a bevy of missed chances cost them the three points and created unwanted history, as it was the first time in the Premier League era that a reigning league champion lost its opening game.
In other results, Swansea and West Brom both won 1-0, downing another promoted side Burnley and Crystal Palace respectively.
Third-placed finishers from last season Tottenham drew 1-1 with Everton, as did Stoke and Middlesbrough and Southampton and Watford.
A late own goal from Sunderland’s Paddy McNair handed Manchester City its first win of the season, while Antonio Conte’s reign at Chelsea started positively as Diego Costa’s 89th minute strike, similar to Ibrahimovic’s, handed the Blues a 2-1 over West Ham.