As temperatures soared in England, Manchester City and Arsenal continued their torrid start to the new Premier League Season, while Manchester United were humiliated away to Brentford.
It was the latest embarrassing day for a massive club in freefall as United conceded four goals in the first 35 minutes and are firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. A fact that I am sure will be noted by United’s next opponent – Liverpool.
There is a completely different feeling on the blue side of Manchester, where Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed Bournemouth 4-0. Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were City’s scorers along with an own-goal.
It as also a good day for a former City striker as Gabriel Jesus played a starring role in the Gunners 4-2 win over Leicester, scoring the first two before halftime and providing the assists for second-half strikes by Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Elsewhere we had the first managerial matchup between former England teammates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as Gerard’s Aston Villa beat Lampard’s Everton 2-1. The win was Villa’s first of the season and left its opponent without a point. Danny Ings and Emi Buendia scored for Villa before an 87th-minute own-goal by Lucas Digne gave Everton hope.
Fulham will be kicking itself for dropping two points at Wolves. After an unexpected draw against Liverpool last week, Fulham had to chance to get all three points but Aleksandar Mitrovic had a late penalty saved in a 0-0 draw. Will Fulham come to rue those missed points at the end of the season?
Another team that will be thinking they should have gotten more today was Leads who threw away a two goal lead away to Southampton to draw 2-2.
And finally, Brighton and Newcastle played to a 0-0 draw, a result that leaves both clubs in the top six.