Premier League Matchday Nine Review

Kyle Campbell takes a look back over a wild weekend in the English top-flight, with drubbings at both Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, while Watford earned their first win under Claudio Ranieri.

Watford’s Joshua King returned to Goodison Park to inflict a damaging hat-trick upon his former club Everton in a 5-2 victory for the Hornets.
(Photo Credit – Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

United Left Red Faced by Liverpool – Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool

The first clash of the season between England’s two most successful clubs looked to be a revealing contest. Manchester United came into the game off the back of an incredibly poor performance at home to Atalanta midweek, whilst Liverpool secured an impressive 3-2 victory against Atlético Madrid. Despite the bitter rivalry and the pressure that has been mounted on Ole Gunnar Solskjær, United lacked intensity, pride and commitment, leaving the Red Devils embarrassed.

Liverpool came firing out the blocks and had United behind within five minutes. A quick move down the left had United bamboozled as they looked to implement a high press. Mohamed Salah found himself in acres of space and was able to slide Naby Keïta in on goal. Keïta kept composed and side footed the ball past David De Gea to give the away side the lead.

The Old Trafford faithful were looking for a reaction after going behind so early, but it was Liverpool that kept applying pressure.

A breakdown in communication between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw found Trent Alexander-Arnold inside the box with two players queueing up at the back post. A driven cross left Diogo Jota with a tap in and he doubled the visitors’ lead after 13 minutes.

Manchester United looked shaky at the back, as they often do, but still posed a threat up top. The Red Devils looked dangerous and had opportunities to pull themselves back into the game; a long-range effort from Marcus Rashford that flew just wide being the best of the bunch.

Despite the threat up front, United’s back line were out of their depth as Liverpool’s man in form, Salah, scored for the ninth game in a row. A cutting move had Shaw sleeping as Salah made a darting run across the front post to seal the game in the 38th minute.

As United were looking to head into the dressing room 3-0 down and regroup, Salah was ruthless and slotted away his second on the brink of halftime. The most in-form goal scorer in the world was left unmarked in the box and beat David De Gea at his near post. That was the first time in Premier League history that Manchester United had been 4-0 down in the first half.

Salah sealed his hat-trick five minutes into the second half after a sublime ball from Jordan Henderson left the Egyptian one-on-one with De Gea. There was never any doubt as Salah poked it past the keeper and became the first opposing player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford since Ronaldo Nazário in 2003.

United’s day went from bad to worse as Paul Pogba was sent off for a high challenge on Keïta 15 minutes after being subbed on.

A completely lacklustre performance from United will leave them feeling lucky they were able to keep the deficit at five, as Liverpool took their foot off the gas following Pogba’s dismissal.

Pressure has seriously mounted on Ole Gunnar Solskjær following one of the most humiliating results in the club’s history, with Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane the current favourites to take over.

Liverpool’s unbeaten run continues as an impressive week for the club has proved to fans that they are to be taken very seriously in all competitions this season.

Chelsea Soar Past Norwich – Chelsea 7-0 Norwich

Chelsea’s high-flying start to the season continued as they eased past bottom of the table Norwich. The Blues went into the game without the injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, as Chelsea’s backup goal scorers looked to provide the goods.

Chelsea started brightly and Mason Mount opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a delightful finish from outside of the box.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James both finished off slick moves with accomplished finishes and ensured the game was out of sight before half time.

Ben Chilwell scored for the fourth game in a row with a driven effort from the left-hand side. The English left back became the first Chelsea player to score in four consecutive games since Eden Hazard in 2016.

Mason Mount bagged the first professional hat-trick of his career after firing home a penalty and tapping the ball into an empty net after a storming run from Ruben Loftus-Cheek in stoppage time.

Another dominant performance from the league leaders ensured their place at the top of the table for another week as Norwich’s abysmal start to the season continues. The Canaries are still seeking their first win as survival in the Premier League seems further and further away.

Hornets Sting Everton with Late Comeback – Everton 2-5 Watford

Claudio Ranieri was seeking his first three points with Watford following their 5-0 thumping from the red half of Merseyside last weekend.

Everton have started well under Rafa Benítez and looked to be picking up another three points after Tom Davies’ early opener. Despite the fast start, ex-Everton striker Joshua King had Watford level in the 13th minute.

Both sides were evenly matched with plenty of good chances, but a lack of finesse had the sides level at the break.

Richarlison made his long-awaited return from injury, and was able to score an important header against his former side to put the Toffees in front.

Everton looked comfortable and were managing the game well, until a complete capitulation saw them lose four goals in the final 15 minutes.

The onslaught began thanks to a well delivered corner that was headed in by Juraj Kucka.

Straight from the restart, Watford were able to catch Everton on the counter-attack and Joshua King slotted away his second goal of the game with an excellent touch and finish.

King wasn’t done with his former employers and sealed his hat-trick, and the game, with a cool finish in the 86th minute.

The final dagger came from Emmanuel Dennis as Claudio Ranieri picked up his first three points at the reins of Watford.

An uncharacteristic performance from a Rafa Benítez side left Everton fans scratching their heads. Benítez will be sure that such an unorganised performance will not happen again as he still looks to fully implement his style of play.

Best of the Rest

  • Manchester City came out as clear winners with a 4-1 win over high-flying Brighton. A dominant performance from City had the game wrapped up before half time as they chase down Chelsea at the top of the table.
  • Arsenal seem to be back on track with their impressive 3-1 victory over Aston Villa. The Gunners dominated from start to finish as Villa were unable to get fully involved in the game.
  • Southampton and Burnley played out an exciting 2-2 draw at St Mary’s. New singing Maxwel Cornet looks to be a real handful and scored two for Burnley as they seek their first 3 points of the campaign.
  • Leicester edged out as 2-1 winners against Brentford thanks to a 74th minute winner from James Maddison.
  • Michail Antonio kept up his goal-scoring form for West Ham, ensuring a 1-0 win over Tottenham.
  • Leeds United salvaged a point against Wolves thanks to a stoppage time penalty from Rodrigo, whilst Callum Wilson scored his second goal in as many games as Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Player of the Week – Mason Mount

Mason Mount continued to show his value in a stacked Chelsea squad as he scored his first ever hat-trick. Mount has played an integral role for Chelsea since his breakthrough season under Frank Lampard and his 10/10 performance earns him the ENRG Sport ‘Player of the Week.’

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