Romelu Lukaku made a huge first impression for Manchester United in the Premier League, and the Red Devils were delightful in a 4-0 win over visiting West Ham United at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial had a goal and an assist, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a pair of assists, and Paul Pogba also scored for United. The Red Devils are off to Swansea next week, while West Ham stays on the road and faces Southampton.
A Javier Manquillo foul provided a rare chance for Spurs, but Harry Kane‘s heading a free kick bounced harmlessly to Magpies backstop Rob Elliot.
Newcastle was sloppy with its touches and passing, but its relentless pressure allowed the hosts most of the ball through most of the first half and a significant amount of corner kicks.
Rafa Benitez was forced into his second substitution when new signing Florian Lejeune was injured from a rash tackle from Kane — the Spurs man saw just yellow — and a second center back came off the bench in Chancel Mbemba.
Spurs found their footing around the 41st minute, and Elliot had a little work to do when Christian Eriksen curled a shot from outside the box.
Jonjo Shelvey was given a red card after the break. Dele Alli handled the ball after a foul and would not release it. As Shelvey stepped over Dele to gather the ball, he stepped on the Spurs’ player’s ankle and was sent off.
Newcastle would have to play 42 minutes down a man.
Harry Kane made a sliding point-blank shot that Elliot foiled for a corner as Spurs mounted their attack.
It was Dele the villain who put Spurs ahead, rightly so, with a sliding finish off Christian Eriksen’s feed. Kane started the play, and Lascelles was victimized on the finish. 1-0, Spurs.
The Magpies held firm for less than 10 minutes, and this time it was Davies with a stylish finish of more fluid play from Dele, Kane, and Eriksen.
Christian Atsu put a shot into the outside of the netting in the 83rd minute as the Magpies sought a goal. A late free kick then saw Ciaran Clark hit a partial clearance right into Hugo Lloris‘ arms.
Kane, who doesn’t have a PL goal in any August, battered the post in the first minute of stoppage time then scored an offside goal in the second.
Manchester City was thriving early but absent the final ball.
Gabriel Jesus looked to make it 1-0 in the 28th minute, but referee Michael Oliver made a very good call after the Brazilian’s chested trap went off his arm and into the goal.
Jesus was given a yellow for the handball, which didn’t look his intention, and he spent a long time on the pitch afterward which perhaps betrayed that thought.
Australian backstop Mathew Ryan made a terrific save on a Jesus header in the 34th minute after Sergio Aguero chipped a ball over three defenders. Ryan was going the wrong way but reached back to make the play.
Brighton made few mistakes in the match, but Irish defender Shane Duffy played Sergio Aguero one-on-one with Ryan only to see the Argentine miss wildly.
So few chances for Brighton finally gave way to a corner kick in the 55th minute, and Duffy came close to scoring when Davy Propper’s mishit shot fell for him. It was deflected out for another corner. That led to more chances and a laser hit wide by Propper.
It only takes a second, though, especially when Aguero gets a second bite at the cherry (or grape, given City’s away shirts). Guardiola didn’t need new boys for the quickfire De Bruyne-Silva-Aguero goal
Mark Hughes had his men ready for the road, and Stoke had the better of play in the opening half of the season
Idrissa Gana Gueye did have a smart chance from outside the 18 in the 24th minute, but the defensive-minded midfielder’s attempt looked a bit like a defensive-minded midfielder’s attempt.
And then, Rooney. The longtime England and Manchester United captain returned home with much fanfare this summer — making the start of this sentence super necessary — and was on the scene to nod over Jack Butland and put the Toffees up just before the break.
Fellow ex-Red Devils leader Darren Fletcher pulled a 22-yard strike wide of the near post in the 58th minute as the Potters pushed for an equalizer.
It looked set to be 2-0 when Dominic Calvert-Lewin pick-pocketed Stoke 30 yards from goal, but the youngster shot instead of cutting the ball back and Butland forced a corner.