Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 at Previous Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet suffered a 3rd residence Premier League defeat.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Southampton gained once more, whereas England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford watched from the bench as Everton got here unstuck at Newcastle, and Gareth Bale scored his first purpose for Tottenham since returning on mortgage from Actual Madrid.
On Saturday, champions Liverpool got here from behind to return to the summit with a 2-1 win over West Ham and on the different finish of the desk, Sheffield United’s struggles continued after a 1-0 residence defeat by Manchester Metropolis.
Right here, the PA information company seems to be at what we discovered from the highest flight this weekend.
Extra residence troubles for United
The Purple Devils had seemed again to their finest in a 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig of their midweek Champions League fixture. Nevertheless, Sunday’s lacklustre show within the residence defeat to Arsenal, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty proved decisive, left Solskjaer as soon as extra dealing with questions over the path of his group after 100 video games on the wheel. United have now did not win of their opening 4 top-flight residence matches for the primary time since 1972-73 – and, regardless of many a false daybreak, there seems no fast repair on the horizon.
Tremendous sub Bale delivers
Gareth Bale had not been on the pitch lengthy when he headed in a cross from Sergio Reguilon, his former Actual Madrid team-mate, to assist Tottenham to a 2-1 win over Brighton in Sunday’s late kick-off. It was removed from a classic Spurs efficiency, however one which nonetheless vindicated the 9 modifications made by supervisor Jose Mourinho following the shock Europa League defeat to Royal Antwerp, and the end result strikes them as much as second within the Premier League desk. At 31, Welshman Bale will not be the participant he was when he left for LaLiga, however the celebrations which adopted his purpose – a primary for the membership since Could 2013 – confirmed how a lot it nonetheless meant.
Assault finest type of defence for champions
Whereas the eye has been on simply who would Liverpool flip to on the again with Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Joel Matip all injured, summer season signing Diogo Jota got here off the bench to strike once more because the Reds battled to victory over West Ham on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp could have been given little selection than to place his religion in Nathaniel Phillips, however he was not let down by a mature show on the again from the 23-year-old. Jota’s contribution, nonetheless, confirmed when you’ve got such a innovative in assault, giving the opposition lots to consider in their very own field will all the time show key to hopes of a profitable title defence.
Saints go marching on
The final 12 months have offered a exceptional turnaround in fortunes for Southampton, who have been humiliated 9-0 at residence by Leicester on a moist Friday night time in October 2019. Roll the clocks forwards, and Sunday’s 4-3 win at Aston Villa – the place the hosts scored twice in stoppage time to make the scoreline extra flattering – pushed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s well-drilled facet up into third earlier than Tottenham’s win dropped them to fourth. The progress is tribute to arduous work on the coaching pitch, a eager eye within the switch market and persistence within the boardroom. A recipe for achievement at any membership.
Pickford given time to mirror
It has been a testing few weeks for England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was taken out of the firing line by Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti as he dropped to the bench for Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle. The 26-year-old, although, has been promised a swift return between the posts for subsequent weekend’s Premier League match in opposition to Manchester United. How Pickford will reply stays to be seen – but it surely may but spark him again into prime type as he seems to be to maneuver on from the fall-out from his deal with on Liverpool defender Van Dijk.