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Tottenham 3-0 Manchester United: Video Highlights, Match Review, Reactions, Lukaku Trolled

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed his first triumph at the Old Trafford for the first time after an array of defeats to Manchester United, without even scoring a goal. The 3-0 win over United meant three consecutive victories in the League for Spurs, whereas the Red Devils suffered back-to-back defeats.

The aftermath of this 0-3 thumping, getting handed two defeats in opening three League games for the first time in his career, saw United manager Jose Mourinho walking out of the Post-match Press Conference, shouting ‘respect, respect, respect!’ and even taking a dig at other managers. Mourinho said: “Three-nil. What this means? 3-0 but also means three Premier Leagues. And I won more alone than the other 19 managers together.”

 

 

 

Lucas Moura was brilliant for the Spurs. After a not-so-happening first half, Harry Kane struck the first blood at the 50th minute. After just 133 seconds, Moura scored at the 52nd minute. Moura put the London club three up at the 84th minute. Even though United enjoyed 57% ball possession and 23 shots, they were largely ineffective as they had only 5 shots on target and left to rue Romelu Lukaku missing a sitter. United basically played a 3-5-2, Spurs lined up in a 4-3-3, sometimes reverting to a diamond and 4-2-3-1.

Man of the Match Lucas Moura had 35 touches, 26 sprints and 2 goals in the match.

United Starting 11: De Gea, Valencia, Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Matic, Fred, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku.

Spurs Starting 11: Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Kane.

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United defense was particularly poor, especially Centre-Backs, Lindelof, Jones, and Smalling. Left-back Luke Shaw had a fantastic game, probably he was the best Red Devils player on the pitch. Pogba had an extremely poor game, a 4/10 performance. In United’s actual starting back three with Smalling and Jones, Herrera had a poor game. Pogba, Matic, and Fred- all three were poor in the central midfield. In the first half, Lingard was fantastic, working hard and pressing high. Lukaku and Lingard should have scored between themselves but they could not get United a result.

Kane brilliant header

 

 

 

United striker Lukaku was mercilessly trolled

 

 

 

 

The Video highlights of the match:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HguNCVmr7uM

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Manchester United 2-0 Burnley: Video Highlights, Review

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Manchester United snatched a crucial away victory at Turf Moor to ease the mounting pressure as striker Romelu Kukaku struck twice.

*Lineups*

Burnley Starting 11: Hart, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Wood.

Substitutes: Heaton, Lowton, Vokes, Barnes, Ward, Vydra, Long.

Manchester United Starting 11: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Fellaini, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.

Substitutes: Bailly, Rashford, Martial, Grant, Fred, Young, Ander Herrera.

The fixture was an eventful one. The United fans threw their full support behind manager Jose Mourinho and anti-Ed Woodward banner (‘Woodward is a specialist in failure’) was flown above the stadium. Lukaku scored in 27th and 44th minutes to double the lead for the Red Devils. Take a look at the Lukaku goals:

United should have scored four but Burnley goalkeeper Hart came out with some fantastic saves although he was at fault for Lukaku’s opener as he should have done better. Burnley was exhausted following their testing Thursday encounter with Olympiacos at the Europa League and United just exploited that. Pogba missed a penalty at the 69th minute, also missed a chance to score denying Lukaku from a potential hattrick in the second half. At the 71st minute, rash Rashford was shown a red card for headbutting Bradsley.

United enjoyed 54% possession and made 21 shots (9 being on target), compared to Burnley’s 9 (2 being on target).

Fellaini was brilliant for United in the middle of the park as he allowed other United midfielders to break free and feed the forwards. Broke up opposition attacks and was fantastic aerially as well. Rashford later apologized for his red card, he said: “Emotions got the better of me, I shouldn’t of reacted like that. Sorry to everyone at the club and all the fans.”

Left-back Shaw was particularly brilliant. Also, the linkup between Sanchez and Lukaku was a major highlight.

After the match, Mourinho quipped: “I am delighted and some of you (media) must be disappointed.” The boss also said that Pogba can continue taking penalties if he wants.

*Match Highlights*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxfNIQFGwvs

 

 

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Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle: Video Highlights and Review

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Manchester City emerged victorious at the Etihad Stadium over Newcastle to keep the pressure at Liverpool and Chelsea, who are occupying the top two places at the League table after four matches, before going into the International Break.

It was a vintage Pep Guardiola football by City. Tucked in, attacking, overlapping fullbacks, short passes, 15 yards passes, quick transitions, creative midfield and lethal attack. City would have scored more goals had they not been wasteful.

Raheem Sterling provided City an early lead at the 8th minute after Newcastle skipper Lascelles gave space to City fullback Mendy, who fed to Sterling for the well-taken goal.

Newcastle Right-back Yedlin pulled one back beautifully at the 30th minute to score his first Premier League goal for Newcastle. The full-back churned out a gut-busting 70-yard run and brilliantly scored from Rondon cross.

Just into the seventh minute, City right-back Kyle Walker scored a 30-yard piledriver, undoubtedly the strike of the day, at the 52nd minute to hand City the lead.

Here is the strike:

Guardiola reaction after the goal:

City enjoyed 78% ball possession and 24 shots (8 being on target), compared to Newcastle’s 3 shots (2 being on target). Clear dominance.

*Managers’ Speak*

Guardiola told BBC Sport: “To start with 10 points from 12 is a good start for us. We dropped to points against Wolves but the performance was quite good and we created chances. I am not disappointed in the way we played. If you don’t win a game then it is important to win the next one.”

Benitez told BBC Sport: “I am really pleased with the effort, mentality and team spirit. We were in the game for a while. We gave the ball away or the first and the second was a great goal.”

*Lineups/Player Ratings*

Manchester City Starting 11: Ederson (7), Walker (8.5), Stones (6.5), Laporte (5.5), Mendy (6), Fernandinho (6.5), D. Silva (6.5), Mahrez (6), Sterling (7.5), Jesus (6), Aguero (7).

Used Subs: Kompany (5), Gundogan (6), B. Silva (6.5).

Newcastle United Starting 11: Dubravka (8), Yedlin (7.5), Clark (6.5), Fernandez (5.5), Lascelles (5), Dummett (5.5), Diame (5.5), Ki (6), Kenedy (5.5), Perez (5.5), Rondon (5).

Used Subs: Atsu (6), Murphy (6), Joselu (6).

Kompany was presented with a memento for his ten years of service for the Citizens. Leroy Sane was a notable absentee from the squad amidst rumors of his attitude problem.

*Match Highlights*

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Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth: Video Highlights, Review

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Chelsea earned a hard-fought victory over Bournemouth at the Stamford Bridge to win their first four Premier League opening matches for the sixth time. The last time this same feat was achieved, the Blues went on to win the League under Jose Mourinho back in 2014/15.

Chelsea enjoyed 73% ball possession and 24 shots (6 being on target)over the course of the match, compared to 27% possession and 8 shots (1 being on target) on the goal of Bournemouth. Despite domination the ball, Chelsea found it really difficult to break the deadlock against a deep sitting and resilient Bournemouth defense.

Marcos Alonso was a revelation for the Blues, as the left wing-back was the most lethal attacking outlet, especially in the first hour of the game. Alonso almost scored in the first half. Bournemouth were left to rue the missed chances by ex-Chelsea man Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson. The visiting side had their chances as well but Wilson and Ake squandered the easiest of them.

When it looked like the tie is eventually going to be ended with the sides sharing the points, substitute Pedro scored a beautiful goal at the 72nd minute. The slick one-two play with Giroud, the meticulous feint, and the sublime finish make the Pedro goal special. Hazard doubled the Chelsea lead at the 85th minute.

*Managers’ Speak*

Chelsea boss Sarri told Sky Sports: “This kind of match usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes. The match was very difficult against a very organized team. They defended very aggressively and the situation was not so easy.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “We had good opportunities. We knew today was probably going to be a counter-attack day and set plays, and it turned out that way. It was a good chance for Callum and Nathan’s one is a big moment in the game because you are trying to take the lead and make it difficult for Chelsea.”

 

*Lineups*

Chelsea starting xi: Kepa, Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata

Used Subs: Pedro, Giroud, Loftus-Cheek

Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Cook, Rico, Gosling, Lerma, Fraser, King, Wilson

Used Subs: Mousset, Ibe, Cook

The first goal

 

The second goal

 

Match Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkjzStOcnoQ

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Arsenal 3-2 Cardiff: Video Highlights, Review

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Arsenal clinched a thriller at the Vicarage Road against Cardiff to snatch three points. Manager Emery Unai would be content with the grit shown in the victory and with the attacking display but poor defending at times will add cracks to his forehead.

The Gunners started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafa, Monreal; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Aubameyang, Ozil, Ramsey; Lacazette. The Cardiff starting 11 was: Etheridge, Camarasa, Manga, Morrison, Bennett, Hoilett, Arter, Ralls, Bamba, Reid, Ward.

Arsenal enjoyed 74% ball possession and played 635 passes, compared to 233 passes of Cardiff. Clearly, the Gunners saw more of the ball. Cardiff had 14 shots (3 being on target) and Arsenal had 17 shots with 11 being on target.

Arsenal defender Mustafi handed them an early lead at the 11th minute as his powerful header met Xhaka’s corner to find the net with perfection. However, his ‘Albanian Eagle’ celebration can cause punishment from the FA as it has a display of political symbolism.

2 minutes into the stoppage time after the regulation 45 minutes in the first half, Camarasa equalized for Cardiff to score Cardiff’s first PL home goal this season as he fired into the top of the net. Xhaka was mainly responsible to give away the ball that led to the attack to the goal against sloppy Arsenal. Joe Bennett’s calculated cross from the left was the feeder of the goal.

Aubameyang restored Arsenal’s lead at the 62nd minute with a gorgeous humdinger from a Lacazette assist.

Cardiff leveled terms once again as striker Danny Ward scored at the 70th minute. As Sean Morrison headed the ball for Ward, the forward scored from a fantastic header to nod in off the net.

At the 81st minute, Lacazette put his name into the scoresheet with a thunderous strike to the top of the net as Torreira fed him.

For Cardiff, Camarasa was the best player. Reid also stole the show. The Bluebirds fought valiantly as they did not allow the Gunners to dominate the space much.

Lacazette has now been directly involved in 10 goals (8 goals and 2 assists) in his last nine starts for the London club. Torreira was outstanding once again with 100% passing accuracy (26/26 passes), 33 touches, 3 tackles, 1 dribble, 1 interception, and 1 assist.

*Match Highlights*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P7Rl76JuCY

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Liverpool 2-1 Leicester: Video Highlights and Review

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*Line-ups*

Leicester City Starting 11: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Pereira, Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray, Ghezzal.

Liverpool Starting 11: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Virgil, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

For Liverpool, Shaqiri, Keita, and Matip came from the bench to play in the second half and for the Foxes, Iheanacho and Okazaki were the impact substitutions.

Liverpool deservingly came out victorious from their visit to King Power Stadium against Leicester City to place themselves at the top the table once again with 12 points from four Premier League games. It’s for the first time since 1990, Liverpool have won four out of four of the opening League games.

Liverpool got off to a breezy start. Within first 15 minutes, the Reds could have been three goals up. Salah missed an easy chance very early. After a barrage of attacks and slick play between the Liverpool front three, Liverpool managed to break the deadlock at the 10th minute, thanks to left-back Robertson and Mane. Robertson burst into a run like a raging bull to outpower Foxes’ right-back Ricardo and provide a beautiful cutback to Mane. Senegal International Mane found the back of the net with a meticulous finish.

Throughout the first half, Liverpool dominated the game. At the fag end of the first half, Firmino doubled the Liverpool lead from a brilliant header at the 45th minute, from a pinpoint Milner delivery from the corner. Leicester paid the price for no man-marking as the Brazilian virtually had none to mark him.

In the first half, Leicester paid the price for not playing a proper number nine. Without a striker in Vardy’s suspension, there was zero penetration in the Leicester attack. The second half was an entirely different story, as Henderson was poor against a pressing Leicester City and the Liverpool midfield was especially poor in the second half. Leicester did not do the same mistake as the first half as they brought in striker Iheanacho. At the 63rd minute, due to Liverpool number one Alisson Becker’s howler, Iheanacho won the ball and set it up for Ghezzal for the tap-in to score the Foxes’ goal. Following the goal, though the home side didn’t get any clear-cut chance to score, they kept Liverpool on their toes throughout. In the end, it was a hard fought win for Liverpool as the tie looked like a game of evens.

Joe Gomez was the man of the match. Both Van Dijk and Gomez was fantastic overall with 13 clearances, 4 interceptions and 100% aerial duel winnings.

Without playing full throttle football and without their high-intensity energy-sapping football, the Reds are churning out victories from even tough away fixtures like this. A potential Title winner? Yes.

Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpv41pqRPwA

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