It was a tale of two Manchesters as City thrashed Huddersfield 6-1 while United went down 3-2 at Brighton.
For City, Sergio Aguero scored a superb hat-trick. “I never saw him like this since I was here,” said manager Pep Guardiola. “He is in an incredible condition with the ball and without the ball.” Other City scorers were Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and a Terence Kongolo own goal.
Huddersfield managed a consolation through Jon Gorenc Stankovic. Aguero now has nine Premier League hat-tricks – level with former Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler. Only ex-Blackburn and Newcastle forward Alan Shearer (11) has managed more.
United have had a toxic start to the new season with Jose Mourinho at his most irascible. Now it has spread to on the field.
Brighton stunned a lacklustre United with three first-half strikes. They took the lead on 25 minutes, when Glenn Murray flicked home Solly March’s low cross. Just two minutes later, Shane Duffy stroked home his first Premier League goal.
Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, but then Eric Bailly brought down Pascal Gross inside the area and Gross converted the penalty to restore the two-goal advantage. Paul Pogba netted an injury-time spot kick after Duffy fouled Marouane Fellaini. But it was too little too late. United have now conceded four goals in their opening two games of the season – it took them nine to let in that many last term.
Spurs comfortably beat Fulham 3-1. Indeed so comfortable was it that all the headlines focussed on Harry Kane finally scoring his first league goal in August. Lucas Moura had opened the account with his breakthrough Premier League goal, curling one beyond Fabri’s dive. Moura is already shaping up to be an influential performer now he has found his feet in English football.
Fulham, who lost to Crystal Palace in their first game back in the top flight following promotion, levelled as a result of clever improvisation by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Kieran Trippier restored Tottenham’s lead with a trademark free-kick. Then they got a third as Kane turned his marker and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net. The August jinx had lasted for 1,065 minutes over five seasons. “It is nice to put it to bed,” he commented.
Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 but the London sides have much to do if they are to challenge for the title.
Both defences were opened up at will and arguably the Gunners should have won, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi missing three absolute sitters in front of goal.
Chelsea built a two-goal advantage inside the first 20 minutes as Pedro turned in Marcos Alonso’s cross and Alvaro Morata added another. Mkhitaryan pulled one back with a low shot that Chelsea’s new £71 million keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga should have saved.
Iwobi then put the away side on level terms.
However, Chelsea controlled the second half, and claimed victory, Alonso sweeping in substitute Eden Hazard’s cross nine minutes from time to make it successive wins for new coach Maurizio Sarri and two defeats for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
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