The new Premier League season continued on Sunday, with three games taking place. Here is what happened in those matches:
Red Devils blow Chelsea away
Manchester United recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford, with the visitor’s young team looking naïve. It was a debut to forget for new Blues boss Frank Lampard.
Chelsea actually had the first attempt on goal, as young striker Tammy Abraham hit the post after just four minutes. United winger Anthony Martial fired a tame effort at Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa just three minutes later after a mistake from Kurt Zouma.
Zouma then brought Marcus Rashford down on 18 minutes in the penalty area. The England striker dusted himself off and fired home the spot-kick to give the home side the lead. Chelsea came close to an equaliser on two occasions, as David de Gea saved a Ross Barkley effort, while full-back Emerson also hit the woodwork. The latter also forced De Gea into action in the second half.
However, United took control of the game on 65 minutes, as Martial bundled home a cross from Andreas Pereira. Two minutes later and it was three for the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Paul Pogba played a ball in behind the Blues defence and Rashford fired past Kepa for his second goal of the game.
Pogba was involved in the fourth goal too. The Frenchman this time played young debutant Daniel James in and the 21-year-old fired an effort into the bottom corner of Kepa’s goal.
The victory could be a crucial one, as the home side looks to return to the Champions League spots this season. The defeat for the visitors shows that new boss Frank Lampard has a lot of work to do.
Arsenal sneak past Newcastle at St James Park
The first real threat on either goal came from the home side, as Magpies new striker Joelinton leapt to head wide of Bernd Leno’s goal. The home side continued to threaten, as Leno tipped a Jonjo Shelvey effort onto the post.
Arsenal’s first real threat on goal saw Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan fire a powerful effort over the bar after good work from full-back Nacho Monreal. Mkhitaryan played a part in the Gunners next attack, as he released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who saw his effort well kept by Martin Dubravka at his near post.
The only goal of the game arrived just before the hour mark. Ainsley Maitland-Niles intercepted a loose pass from Paul Dummett before finding Aubameyang, who lifted the ball over the outrushing Dubravka. Substitute and debutant Allan Saint-Maximin forced Leno into a late low save, but that was the best the home side could muster.
There is certainly much more to come from both sides, especially once their new recruits settle in. The win was the most important factor for Arsenal, as the Gunners look to challenge for a top-four place. Steve Bruce’s side has much less grand ambitions for the season. The Magpies will be hoping just to avoid another relegation scrap.
Other Premier League result from Sunday’s Premier League games
Leicester 0-0 Wolves
Can Frank Lampard’s career as Chelsea manager recover from opening game defeat?