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The Premiership opened on Old Trafford last Saturday to see Man Utd versus Swansea as the first game. After 6 wins on the trot in America against some tough opposition and already having won a piece of silverware for the season the Red Devils must have been feeling confident. The 13 times Premiership title holders welcome Louis Van Gaal in place of the disastrous David Moyes and high hopes are pinned on one man. Van Gaal has already said this will be his last management position and no doubt he wants to go out in style.
Sadly for Man U fans and happily for the rest of us it wasn’t to be their day as Swansea played well against an injury hit Man United who were missing Robin Van Persie, Michael Carrick and yet to play Luke Shaw. After 28 Minutes Ki Sung-yueng received the ball with enough space to take a touch and almost pass the ball into the bottom corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. Swansea fans delighted in singing ‘Sacked in the morning’ at Old Trafford and even though Rooney equalized after half-time Sigurdsson finished the game off with a second Swansea goal. Swansea 2 – Man United 1.
Later in the day Tottenham took on West Ham in a London derby and looked in trouble when Tottenhams Kyle Naughton was sent off for handling the ball inside the penalty area but Mark Noble just missed the net from the penalty spot leaving the Hammers fans disappointed. West Ham later also received a red card and Tottenham defender Eric Dier scored late in the game to make it a 1-0 win for Tottenham.
On the whole the weekend contained a few shaky victories from the big clubs with Arsenal beating Crystal Palace 2-1 with Aaron Ramsey coming to their rescue once again and looking like a player in great form. Man City came out looking like themselves again after losing the Community Shield to Arsenal and a great goal brilliantly set-up for Silva by Edin Dzeko put them in the lead and another by Aguero sealed the deal for a 2-0 victory away at Newcastle. They weren’t however entirely convincing throughout and the same could be said for Liverpool who took on Southampton, who apparently still have some players that Liverpool didn’t buy. Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling scored easily after a great through-ball from Henderson but Southampton equalized easily and it could have gone either way until Sturridge put Liverpool ahead again. Final score 2-1 Liverpool but Southampton can count themselves unlucky to walk away without a point from this game.
Chelsea have been widely tipped to win the title this year and took on Premiership newcomers Burnley F.C. for their opening fixture. Although the game was definitely not the most daunting of prospects for Chelsea at ‘The Clarets’ 22,000 head stadium but after 14 minutes they found themselves 1 down when Arfield scored in the 14th minute to give Burnley a brief moment of hope until Chelsea summer signing Diego Costa equalized 3 minutes later. Schurrle and Ivanovic both scored before half-time and the score closed at 3-1.
With the transfer window still open and one week into the league the title could be anyone’s but Louis Van Gaal will be disappointed to see his new team lose points at home on opening day. Man United have been linked with Real Madrids Xavi Alonso while Liverpool continue their search for a striker and are possibly making a loan arrangement for the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao although without Suarez few expect Liverpool to put in a real challenge this year.
Report by Jeremy BobaFett
|Barclays Premier League|
|Show last 5 matches and coverage||Fixture||Kick-off||Status|
|Aston Villa V Newcastle||12:45||Preview Aston Villa Vs Newcastle|
|Chelsea V Leicester||15:00|
|Crystal Palace V West Ham||15:00|
|Southampton V West Brom||15:00|
|Swansea V Burnley||15:00|
|Everton V Arsenal||17:30|
Sunday 24th August 2014