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Sunday, 18 August 2013 21:04

Normal service at Manchester United

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The long awaited start of the English Premier League was packed with all the excitement that we have come to expect and love.

There was a glimpse of Wayne Rooney and his passing ability, the usual frailty of Arsenal, the majestic return of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, but no sign of Gareth Bale. There has already been a heap of goals, penalties and near misses that makes betting on the teams in this league one of the most exciting experiences imaginable.

The weekend began with a win for Liverpool and a solid performance from Daniel Sturridge and the team overall. There were loads of chances for The Reds, and the score-line would have been worse if it was not for top saves from Stoke’s Asmir Begovic. What was even more important is that it does seem there is life and goals without Luis Suarez, which will be good news for Brendan Rodgers as his main striker is still serving his 10 match ban for biting Chelsea’s Ivanovic.

The next game started off well for Arsenal at the Emirates, as they were first to score against the visitors Aston Villa in the 6th minute of the match. But as the game went on, Arsenal looked tired and sloppy. Villa equalised with a goal from Benteke, and he scored a penalty in the second half to take Aston Villa into the lead. Villa was able to win the game in the 85th minute with a goal from Luna. It was a well deserved win for Villa, but the Arsenal fans were not impressed. They booed their team off the pitch, not for the first time it must be said. Arsene Wenger is in a common position, of not signing anyone credible to date, and still believing that they can win the league. However, these comments, together with poor inconsistent performances are wearing very thin with the supporters.

Normal service was resumed at Manchester United with two goals for Van Persie and Welbeck. Rooney did come on in the second half and was instrumental in the Van Persie’s second goal. Everton drew away at Norwich and it was a promising display by Roberto Martinez’s team. Fulham won away against Sunderland, inspite of Paolo Di Canio’s team dominating the game for long periods. But supporters will take heart in the manner in which Sunderland played and I am sure there will be wins for Di Canio.

Tottenham won away against newcomers to the Premier League, Crystal Palace. Finally, Jose Mourinho made a winning and emotional return to Stamford Bridge. The Blues won 2-0 against Hull with goals from Lampard and Oscar, and a bright start from Romelu Lukaku who looks like the real deal for the future at Chelsea. With Manchester City still to be seen, there is no stopping the intrigue of the Premier League, if this weekend is anything to go by!