Man United crush Leeds, Rafael Benitez off to a winning start as Premier League 2021/22 season begins

Man United crush Leeds, Rafael Benitez off to a winning start as Premier League 2021/22 season begins

Man United crush Leeds, Rafael Benitez off to a winning start as Premier League 2021/22 season begins

It’s been a little over two months when Manchester City won their third Premier League title in four years and after a gap of 62 days, the campaign of top-flight English football has started. This time the competition will be more ruthless, with clubs spending heavily on big signings, the race for the summit will be interesting to watch as the season progresses.

One such upset is already being witnessed on the opening day of the season when promoted club Brentford, who were playing their first season in the country’s top domestic league after 74 years and first ever in Premier League defeated fellow London club and one of the competition’s ever-present Arsenal 2-0 at Brentford Community Stadium in the first match of the season.

Manchester United crushed rivals Leeds United 5-1 in their season opener to go top of the table after Saturday’s results. A game in which both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes starred, with Frenchman bagging four assists becoming the first player ever to set up four goals in the opening weekend (seventh overall) and the Portuguese scoring a hattrick.

European Champions Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, with goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and debutant Trevoh Chalobah.

Rafael Benitez started his managerial bow at Everton with a 3-1 victory over Southampton in the full house of Goodison Park with three second-half goals from Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after trailing 1-0 at halftime.

Community Shield winners Leicester City beat Wolves by 1-0 with Jamie Vardy’s goal. Promoted club Watford beat Aston Villa 3-2 after conceding two goals in the 20 minutes of the game and Brighton beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor, with two goals coming from Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister for the Seagulls.

In the final game of the first day of the opening weekend, Liverpool beat Norwich City 3-0 away from home at Carrow Road. Diogo Jota scored the first goal for Jurgen Klopp’s men in the 2021/22 campaign, with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored the second and third respectively. After his strike in the 74th minute, Egyptian winger Salah became the first player in the Premier League history to score in the opening weekend of five consecutive seasons.

On Sunday, Newcastle United will host West Ham United, while Pep Guardiola’s champions travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Spurs in the final game of the first week of the new season.

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