A huge opening round of Premier League action saw the Louis Van Gaal era at Manchester United begin in poor fashion with a 2-1 loss at home to Swansea City.
It was same old for the Red Devils, with Ki Sung Yeung and new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson chiming in on either side of the break for the Welsh side. Wayne Rooney provided United’s lone goal just inside the hour mark. It is the first time the Manchester side had lost on the opening day of the season since 1972.
Meanwhile, former Sporting Lisbon centre back Eric Dier capped a magnificent debut for Tottenham with an injury-time winner in south London against West Ham United.
Played through by young striker Harry Kane, Dier round the Hammers’ stopper, Adrian, before finishing coolly into an empty net in the 93rd minute to secure Mauricio Pochettino’s men a lucky 1-0 win away from home. Earlier, Kyle Naughton was sent off for a deliberate hand-ball in the box, reducing Spurs to 10 men, but Mark Noble failed to convert from 11 metres.
At the King Power Stadium, newly promoted Leicester City came from behind twice to rescue a point at home to Everton in an entertaining 2-all draw. First half goals to Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith either side of a Leonardo Ulloa strike for the hosts gave the Toffees the half-time advantage, but Kiwi international Chris Wood netted with four minutes of normal time remaining to ensure both teams left with just reward.
In London, Aaron Ramsey was the hero as Arsenal kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace. Laurent Koscielny cancelled out Brede Hangeland’s opener to have the sides level at the interval but the Welsh international hammered home from close range in the first minute of added time.
In other fixtures, Hull City and Aston Villa recorded 1-0 wins over Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City respectively, while a late Seb Larsson strike salvaged a 2-all draw for Sunderland against West Brom.
In Sunday’s fixtures, Liverpool kicked off the post Luis Suarez era with a hard-fought 2-1 win over their feeder club Southampton at Anfield. The reformed SAS dealt the killer blows for the reds as Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling struck either side of a Nathaniel Clyne screamer from the visitors.
Manchester City began their title defence at St James’ Park, defeating Newcastle 2-0. The recently re-signed David Silva fired home after 39 minutes for City and Sergio Aguero sealed the three points late in the second half.
Closing out the round, Chelsea proved why they are many punters’ tip to hoist the trophy as they outclassed recently promoted Burnley 3-1. Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic all found the net for the visitors, while Cesc Fabregas impressed on his return to the Premier League. – Patrick Boddan