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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

EPL Weekly Round-Up: Young Helps United Make Winning Start, Aguero Impresses With Goals On Debut, Rivals Held & More...

Young, and Shining Bright!
Defending champions Manchester United started on a bright note as they won their first game of the season 2-1 at West Brom Albion. Talismanic striker Wayne Rooney put the Red Devils ahead as early as the 10th minute when Ashley Young latched on to the former's flick only to set him up for a rather difficult finish. However, the Hawthorns struck back on the brink of half-time when David De Gea failed to save a loose shot from Shane Long, resulting in an equaliser from the Premier League debutant striker. The Red Devils continued to dominate possession but the hosts looked the far better side until Young dribbled his way from the left to score the winner as his shot got lucky deflections from the feet of Tamas & Reid, leaving Ben Foster helpless. It was an impressive debut for the England winger in an erstwhile injury-ridden victory for United, as both first-choice defenders Vidic & Ferdinand were sidelined for two weeks & six weeks respectively.

How The Rivals Fared
Manchester City came out firing on all cylinders as they thumped Premiership new boys Swansea City 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Record £38 million signing Sergio Aguero had an instant impact on his Premier League debut, scoring a brace after coming on as a second-half substitute. Edin Dzeko & David Silva bagged the other goals in what was a forgettable night for the Brendan Rodgers-managed Welsh club.

Do Chelsea need some Croatian creativity?
Chelsea's fortunes under new manager Andre Villas-Boas were given a reality check as they were held to a goalless draw at Stoke. English football's most expensive footballer Fernando Torres looked lively throughout the game, but failed to score coz of lack of proper chances created from midfield. The result should raise valid questions as to whether the Blues should be stepping up their efforts to sign playmaker Luka Modric from crosstown rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Whadddaaa Goal!!!
In a clash of the summer's two most active clubs in the transfer market, Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at Anfield. Uruguayan playmaker Luis Suarez missed an early penalty but made amends just five minutes later when he headed home Charlie Adam's free kick. However, Sebastian Larsson levelled matters for the visitors with a wonderful flying kick, thanks to a perfect cross from Al-Mohamady. Former Man United defender Wesley Brown was the standout performer of the day, as he almost single-handedly kept the Liverpool attack at bay. The game also marked the Anfield debuts of new signings Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson & Jose Enrique.

Arsenal were held in an exhilarating 0-0 draw by Newcastle United at St. James Park, which also revealed the uglier side of things in the Premier League. Arsenal's new £10m signing Gervinho was sent off for violent conduct against Joey Barton, who was no less guilty in the whole incident for provoking such a reaction from the Ivory Coast striker. Arsenal's midfield struggled for creativity in the absence of both Cesc Fabregas (who has signed for boyhood club Barcelona for £35m) & Samir Nasri.

Championship winners Queens Park Rangers were the most unfortunate victims, as they were battered 4-0 by a depleted Bolton Wanderers side in front of their home supporters at Loftus Road. The London side will need to stock up their defensive as well as midfield options soon if they are to dream of maintaining their top flight status.

The Weekly Verdict:

Team Of The Week: Bolton Wanderers

Player Of The Week: David Silva (Manchester City)

That's all Folks!


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