Game Week 4 of the Premier League once again provided goals and thrilling entertainment. The Manchester Derby saw Pep Guardiola continue his fine record against ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool celebrated the opening of their new stand with a 4-1 victory over Leicester.
Read our review of all the big game action.
Pep gets the better of Jose as Manchester City remain perfect in the Premier League
And United thought they were the world brand …
Manchester City went to Old Trafford and won 2-1 to strengthen their challenge to the Manchester United global hold, a drive which takes in start-up Major League Soccer franchise New York City, Melbourne City, of Australia’s A-League, a minority shareholding in Yokohama F Marinos of the Japanese J-League, plus a deal to get into China.
Pep Guardiola put one over United and Jose Mourinho in emphatic fashion – all without the banned Sergio Aguero.
Kevin de Bruyne was superb – got the opener, struck a post, the rebound put away by Kelechi Iheanacho, then struck a post again.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 10, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled a goal back as uncertain debutant keeper Claudio Bravo dropped a free kick – Bravo was awful and City will regret dumping Joe Hart.
For United, Marcus Rashford came on and was brilliant but even he could not perform miracles. United should have been given two penalties, but never deserved to win.
The victory keeps City top of the Premier League, but now two points clear of all their rivals as Chelsea could only draw 2-2 away at Swansea. City simply dished the expensively assembled United side as they overran them in midfield, Paul Pogba and all.
Liverpool destroy defending Premier League champions Leicester City in 4-1 romp
At Anfield it was launch day for the impressive new Main Stand … and Leicester tamely became part of the script. It was Liverpool’s first home game of the season and how they made it count.
Roberto Firmino got the first and Daniel Sturridge set up Sadio Mane for the second.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 12, 2016
Leicester got one back when Lucas lost the plot to enable Jamie Vardy to shoot into an empty net. However, Adam Lallana and Firmino again secured the win.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are now on seven points from four games, having played their first three matches on the road because of the Main Stand construction work. They created numerous chances and are back on track.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur secure crucial wins
Controversy as Arsenal sneaked a 2-1 win over Southampton at the Emirates. Santi Cazorla’s dubious stoppage-time penalty gave the home side victory.
Petr Cech tipped a Dusan Tadic free-kick onto the underside of the bar but the ball bounced in off the Gunners keeper. Laurent Koscielny equalised with a stunning though arguably dangerous overhead kick. But Cazorla secured all three points after Jose Fonte was judged to have fouled Olivier Giroud.
Tottenham Hotspur made it look easy as they kept Stoke bottom of the Premier League. Harry Kane was back on the score sheet, Son Heung-min got two beauties and Dele Alli scored. Stoke saw abrasive boss Mark Hughes sent off as little went right for the Potters.
4️⃣ goals, 3️⃣ points = perfect weekend.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 11, 2016
Chelsea rescue a point after Costa double at Swansea
Chelsea wobbled for the first time as they dropped two precious points.
As seems to be the norm every match, Diego Costa could have been sent off. He wasn’t and scored two. A Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty and Leroy Fer’s goal after a clear foul on a furious Gary Cahill went unpunished ensured that the visitor’s dominance was blunted.
After the effrontery of Leicester last season the Big Six are back in business.
The top of the embryonic league table reads Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.
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