More Man United misery and London derby drama: 5 things we learned this weekend

More Man United misery and London derby drama: 5 things we learned this weekend

Erik ten Hag’s problems worsened as Manchester United were humiliated by Brentford, while the Arsenal faithful did something Mikel Arteta had never seen before in their win over Leicester.

The main talking point came after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge when Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were sent off in heated scenes.

Here, PA news agency takes a look at five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.

Manchester United in deep trouble

It’s hard to find any kind of lining for United fans right now. Perhaps, some midfield supporters suggested last week, the season-opening 2-1 defeat to Brighton could be put down to the Ten Hag’s teething pains. Nobody, however, could see Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing at Brentford as anything other than causing the club to at least flick a few fingers over the panic button, or at the very least, start a serious forensic analysis of which of the guilty. many players in the game might have a point worth pursuing. And, in even more bad news for the Red Devils, a new Morning Consult study revealed that Liverpool have overtaken them as the most popular club in the United States.

Arteta has added resilience to his Arsenal

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus opened his Arsenal account with a brace in Saturday’s win (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Sure, Arsenal eventually walked away with the three points against Leicester at the Emirates, but that scoreline hardly told the whole story. All seemed to be going well after Gabriel Jesus’ first competitive goals as a Gunner put his side 2-0 up in the first half, but a William Saliba own goal in the second half spelled danger. He recovered well, helped by the support of the fans, Arteta commented that it was like nothing he had ever seen, with Granit Xhaka restoring Arsenal’s lead within two minutes and Gabriel Martinelli add a quarter.

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland had just eight touches on Saturday (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Manchester City’s Premier League rivals could have been forgiven for breathing a small sigh of relief after Pep Guardiola’s £51m striker showed he could have a tough start. Haaland registered just eight touches in City’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth, although he assisted Ilkay Gundogan’s opener. Guardiola fully backed his Norwegian summer signing, suggesting he would need more time to adapt to the Premier League’s style of play.

Touchline tempers flare at Chelsea

Genes erupted at Stamford Bridge (John Walton/PA).

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There was plenty of drama on and off the pitch at Stamford Bridge as Harry Kane’s late equalizer earned Tottenham a 2-2 draw before Chelsea manager Tuchel and his Spurs counterpart, Conte, locked his boots on the touchline. The two managers clashed after a handshake and both were sent off, having been booked for their parts in a dugout melee that followed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s disputed first-time equalizer for Spurs . A furious Tuchel did nothing to hide his anger with referee Anthony Taylor after the game, claiming it would be better if he didn’t referee the Blues again, leaving the German likely to find himself in more hot water with the Football Association.

Fulham got off to an impressive start

Fulham’s first two games of the season, at home to Liverpool and away to Wolves, represented a difficult start to life in the top flight, but Marco Silva’s men have come through both unbeaten. They twice led Liverpool and needed an 80th-minute equalizer to earn the Reds a point, while the Cottagers missed an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty from winning at Molineux. It’s early, but two unlikely points could prove crucial in the battle to keep up.

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