Defending Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis began with a win at Arsenal whereas Manchester United kicked-off the brand new season with a victory over Leicester.
Elsewhere, Liverpool thrashed West Ham, placing 4 previous them for the fourth consecutive time, whereas Tottenham received at Newcastle and Bournemouth beat top-flight new boys Cardiff.
Chelsea cruised previous Huddersfield, Fulham misplaced to Crystal Palace and Watford noticed off Brighton.
Wolves twice got here from behind to attract 2-2 with 10-man Everton and Southampton and Burnley performed out a goalless draw.
However who did sufficient to make my Staff of the Week? Learn my choices after which decide your personal XI.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea
Simply once you assume you are beginning to see the cracks seem in a footballer, De Gea produces a top-class efficiency within the opening recreation of the season.
I assumed that, for a participant of his calibre, he had a stunning World Cup for Spain and that his psychological capability to deal with the large event was starting to wane. Not in opposition to Leicester Metropolis it wasn’t. Two world-class saves nailed the sport for Manchester United.
Do you know? De Gea made three saves in Manchester United’s 2-1 opening day victory over Leicester Metropolis.
Defenders – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kyle Walker, Virgil van Dijk, Luke Shaw
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson stated he was “more than pleased to offer Wan-Bissaka a pat on the again” when requested in regards to the efficiency of the full-back in opposition to Fulham.
I counsel the Palace boss offers the defender an prolonged contract and fast – this lad can play.
This was a formidable efficiency by the 20-year-old. Wan-Bissaka noticed off Ryan Sessegnon, Andre Schurrle and Aboubakar Kamara with out breaking sweat. He then outmuscled Aleksandar Mitrovic (of all folks) in a 50-50 earlier than placing the ball on a plate for Wilfried Zaha to complete.
And Hodgson affords the participant a pat on the again! Palace have discovered a diamond and if I have been them, I’d guarantee his long-term future at Selhurst Park was secured in a short time.
Do you know? Wan-Bissaka supplied an help for Wilfried Zaha’s aim in addition to serving to Palace preserve a clear sheet.
Kyle Walker: Walker is wanting such a very good participant in the mean time. He had a superb World Cup – the place he performed in a again three for England after Arsene Wenger appeared to suggest he couldn’t.
The Manchester Metropolis defender returns residence after which begins the opening recreation of the season for arguably probably the most demanding coach within the Premier League. He performed the complete 90 minutes in a again 4 away at Arsenal and appeared the perfect defender on the pitch.
Even with half a group rested, Metropolis made beating Arsenal look as if it was a stroll within the park. For the time being Arsenal seem like they’re going to wrestle to complete within the prime six, by no means thoughts the highest 4.
Do you know? Walker made 23 sprints in opposition to Arsenal – probably the most of any defender on matchday one within the Premier League.
Vigil van Dijk: Liverpool’s recreation in opposition to West Ham was now not a contest after 55 minutes. The house facet have been 3-Zero up and their forwards had the Hammers by the throat. In the meantime Van Dijk was telling his fellow defenders, in no unsure phrases, that nothing in need of a clear sheet would do.
That is the distinction between Liverpool previous to Van Dijk’s arrival and the group that presently exists. Furthermore there’s one thing of the Alan Hansen about the way in which he conducts himself on a soccer pitch. Other than the apparent stature, the Dutchman at all times seems composed, elegant and performs together with his head not simply his coronary heart.
Do you know? Van Dijk accomplished 60 of his 61 passes (98.4%) in Liverpool’s thumping 4-Zero win over West Ham.
Luke Shaw: Effectively, Manchester United are stuffed with surprises aren’t they? I did not anticipate to see them begin the season with such aptitude and expression.
I am satisfied Michael Carrick’s elevation from participant to first-team coach was the explanation for that. I definitely did not anticipate to see Shaw of their beginning line-up.
I bear in mind seeing Shaw a few seasons in the past with United at Stamford Bridge, when he appeared a nervous wreck. Towards Leicester the full-back was fabulous.
It’s too quickly to be speaking about England once more – though that can change if he retains enjoying like that. Good to have you ever again, child.
Do you know? Shaw registered his first senior aim in his 134th look in all competitions (67 video games every for Southampton and Man Utd).
Midfielders – Roberto Pereyra, Ruben Neves, Paul Pogba
Roberto Pereyra: Chris Hughton maintained that Brighton had a very good pre-season and have been prepared for Watford. However Watford, and extra to the purpose Pereyra, despatched that individual notion up in flames.
Brighton have been terrible and their supervisor advised them so. Pereyra, alternatively, scored two magnificent targets and made the Hornets seem like a group able to turning their fourth consecutive season within the Premier League right into a profitable one.
Do you know? Pereyra has had a hand in every of Watford’s previous six Premier League targets, scoring 5 and aiding one.
Ruben Neves: I do not assume I’ve ever seen Molineux look as excited on the prospect of top-flight soccer because it was within the minutes previous to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ opening Premier League fixture in opposition to Everton.
The place was leaping, in all probability in anticipation of Neves’ efficiency. The Portugal worldwide did not disappoint both. He was sensational, and on the tender age of 21 he has the world at his ft.
For sure, if he can preserve Wolves up, then Barcelona or Actual Madrid are certain to return knocking. Not even probably the most ardent Wolves fan may anticipate the participant to stay within the West Midlands if that was the case.
Do you know? Because the begin of final season, Neves has scored extra targets from exterior the field than another participant within the prime 4 tiers of English league soccer (seven).
Paul Pogba: Jose Mourinho made Pogba his captain for Manchester United’s opening recreation of the season, and that’s in all probability the one acknowledgement France’s World Cup winner goes to get from his supervisor.
The participant responded with a masterful show in opposition to a gallant Leicester Metropolis. Nevertheless, Mourinho is smart to be cautious. The 2 stars meticulously etched in Pogba’s haircut (and you understand how I hate his haircuts) signify France’s World Cup successes and counsel his ego may be very a lot alive and kicking post-Russia.
Learn extra about what I consider the Pogba-Mourinho relationship in ‘The Crooks of the Matter’ under.
Do you know? Pogba’s aim inside three minutes in opposition to Leicester was United’s quickest in the beginning of a Premier League season – the earlier quickest was from Dwight Yorke after seven minutes at Everton on the opening weekend in 1999-2000.
Forwards – Mohamed Salah, Wilfried Zaha, Richarlison
Mohamed Salah: So regular service is resumed. Salah is operating riot at Anfield once more. It was Salah who led the cost and blasted West Ham off the park throughout the first half.
I am keen on the way in which Liverpool are enjoying proper now. They take the sport to the opposition with such breathtaking pace.
There isn’t a sideways nonsense, ready for classy openings with midfield gamers doing pirouettes and ravenous strikers of important service. Liverpool go straight for the jugular and for those who survive the savagery, so be it. Great stuff.
Do you know? Salah has been immediately concerned in 5 targets in his three Premier League conferences with West Ham for Liverpool (4 targets, one help).
Wilfried Zaha: For the perfect a part of Crystal Palace’s victory over Fulham, it was males versus boys. Palace ought to have put the sport to mattress properly earlier than Zaha issued the Cottagers their final rites.
This was not the perfect efficiency I’ve seen from Zaha however he did all of the issues I’ve but to see from Ryan Sessegnon. I’ve heard nice issues in regards to the Fulham starlet however I am nonetheless ready for him get me on the sting of my seat.
Sessegnon could also be fast however Fulham want the teen to return of age in a short time. Zaha is the person of the second at Palace whereas Sessegnon nonetheless seems like a really younger boy.
Do you know? Zaha’s strike was his 23rd within the Premier League for Crystal Palace. No participant has scored extra for the membership within the competitors – he’s stage with Chris Armstrong.
Richarlison: We noticed this lad tear groups aside when he was enjoying for Watford. Now he is enjoying for Everton and he seems like he is discovered the scoring contact that was so typically lacking when enjoying for the Hornets.
This was a formidable debut for Richarlison, and if the referee hadn’t bought over-excited, Everton would have received their fixture in opposition to Wolves.
I stated on this column final season that Premier League referees have been changing into unpopular because of their over officiousness. If you wish to know why Premier League referees weren’t invited by Fifa to the World Cup, then proof is supplied by the choice by Craig Pawson to ship off Phil Jagielka, for what was at greatest a bookable offence.
Premier League referees have been far too reliant on the letter of the legislation and never ready to train a bit latitude.
Extra choices like this they usually can kiss goodbye to the European Championships as properly.
Do you know? Richarlison discovered the online together with his first two photographs within the Premier League for Everton, having failed to attain with any of his earlier 53 efforts as a Watford participant.
The Crooks of the matter…
Effectively, right here we go once more. One other 9 months of blood sweat and undoubted tears for all of us who love the sport. By the way in which, what a superb World Cup. I have never seen video games like that since 1982. After my condemnation of the notorious VAR throughout its ill-fated debut within the FA Cup final season, I’ve to confess the system labored in Russia.
However all of that, nothing ready me for the performances of Paul Pogba.
Even Jose Mourinho needed to acknowledge Pogba’s monumental success when he remarked: “I hope he remembers what made him so good.”
This was Mourinho at his greatest, after all. He recognised Pogba’s achievements whereas lacing the remark with strychnine! The veiled risk urged that if the World Cup winner does not carry out for him in the way in which he did for Didier Deschamps, he may as soon as once more discover himself sitting on the Manchester United bench – or on his manner.
Nevertheless, the common approval of Pogba’s efficiency within the World Cup spoke volumes about his self-discipline and selflessness for the trigger. The participant even allotted with the grandiose hairstyles to be able to minimise the eye on himself and place the emphasis on the group.
Pogba is not any Glenn Hoddle – or Paul Gascoigne, for that matter – however he’s a Martin Peters.
All three gamers performed for his or her nation however solely Peters received a World Cup. I actually hope Pogba can shove Mourinho’s hole accolade down his throat and change into the United legend he craves to be.
What the Frenchman delivered in Russia was magnificent. The query is, can he ship the Premier League title for Mourinho at United? Solely that can grant him legendary standing at Outdated Trafford.
Now it is your flip
You have seen my picks this week. However who would you go for?