In this recurring segment our lead soccer correspondent, Nick Verlaney, takes a look at the Premier League action from the previous week with three big takeaways.
1. Best Eleven: (4-3-3)
- Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
- Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Fabricio Collocini (Newcastle), Eric Dier (Spurs)
- Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Spurs), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Nathan Dyer (Swansea)
- Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs), Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Chelsea)
2. Biggest Takeaway: City take control. Thanks to clinical finishing and some defensive lapses by Liverpool, Manchester City made an early season statement on Monday with a 3-1 win over the Reds. In a matchup of the Premier League champions and the runners-up, City looked like the better early-season team. Kun Aguero came off the bench in the second half and immediately chipped in a goal, sandwiched in between a Stevan Jovetic brace. City are as strong as a team as there is in the Premier League.
3. Bold Question: Can Manchester United rebound? Well, the first 3 matches of the Van Gaal era at United haven’t gone splendidly. With a 4-0 loss at home to MK Dons in the League Cup in midweek, United needs answers and quickly. This week, they wrapped up a British transfer record deal for Angel Di Maria, but many more additions appear to be needed. A central midfielder (Arturo Vidal) and a defender (Daley Blind) could help solidify the squad and help to start United find an identity. Another point worth noting is whether Wayne Rooney is the right captain for the team.
What’s next? Here are the slate of Premier League matches for next weekend, highlighted with the clash on Saturday: Everton v. Chelsea.