The Premier League had a lot in store on matchweek two. From a future hall-of-famer cementing another record in the history books, to a team who can’t seem to catch a break in their own “home”. Here are the highlights of matchweek two.
Tottenham’s Wembley Woes
Many dubbed Tottenham Hotspur as potential title challengers when they managed to win second place just behind dominant Chelsea at the end of last season. And yet, when the two sides met last Sunday, Spurs once again found themselves second best as they were brushed aside by Antonio Conte’s men 2-1 at full-time.
Tottenham played their home game at the hallowed Wembley Stadium after the Lilywhites demolished their old White Hart Lane to build a new stadium. However, the grand stage proved 7th time unlucky for the “home” side when they lost 2-1 thanks to a brace from the Spaniard Marcos Alonso. Spurs have already lost seven games in their last nine at England’s biggest football arena.
Huddersfield Town Makes it Two for Two
Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town silenced more critics during the weekend when they won 1-0 against fellow promoted side Newcastle United. The humble side from West Yorkshire have already made it two wins out of two, and many are applauding manager David Wagner for how the side is facing the daunting challenge of top-tier football head on.
Crafty midfielder Aaron Mooy, whom the Terriers bought from Manchester City during the summer for £8-million, scored the only goal during the match held at Huddersfield’s John Smith Stadium. The Terriers have crushed Crystal Palace 3-0 the week before, and if their perfect clean sheet streak is anything to go by (despite it being early days), it appears Huddersfield may have their Premier League quest for survival on track.
Manchester United On All Cylinders
Twenty-time English Champions Manchester United are looking more and more like the Reds of old after Jose Mourinho’s men trampled on opponents Swansea 4-0 at Liberty Stadium. Centre-back Eric Bailly, prolific striker Romelu Lukaku, multi-million midfielder Paul Pogba, and wonderkid Anthony Martial all made it to the scoresheet, making last Saturday a wonderful weekend for Red Devils fans all over the globe.
The Portuguese tactician is undoubtedly happy with his squad’s commendable performance after two games, thrashing West Ham by the same 4-0 scoreline a week ago. United, however, must keep their focus and ensure they keep delivering the same level of performance week in, week out.
Rooney Seals Legend Status at City’s Expense
Premier League’s wild card side Everton appears to have found a new talisman in their old boy Wayne Rooney, who scored in their 1-1 draw against a high-calibre Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Rooney’s goal meant he’s now scored 200 goals in the Premier League, being only the second player to reach the feat since Alan Shearer.
Some were skeptical when the Toffees brought in Rooney on a free from Manchester United during the summer, with many critics insisting the England international is past his prime. And yet the 31-year-old frontman proved his doubters wrong when he scored another goal against former rivals City, who even found time to taunt the away fans after the game.
For the full list of scores and results from the games of Matchweek 2, scroll down below:
Swansea 0-4 Manchester United
Bournemouth 0-2 Watford
Burnley 0-1 West Brom
Leicester 2-0 Brighton
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Southampton 3-2 West Ham
Stoke 1-0 Arsenal
Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester City 1-1 Everton