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Five things we learnt from Premier League GW 2

Written by: Waseem Zaidi

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Manchester United conceded three goals against Brighton in the opening 45 minutes of their fixture.

The second gameweek of the Premier League has come to a sensational close. With a number of talking points to ponder over, we take a look at the five things we learned from Gameweek 2:

5. It is turning out to be a season for the full-backs

Full-backs have been indispensable in the first two gameweeks. Luke Shaw scored the winner for Manchester United last week with Bernard Mendy and Aaron Wan-Bissaka making crucial contributions for their respective clubs.

Following the trend, the second gameweek saw crucial goals by Marcos Alonso and Kieran Trippier, reiterating the importance of the full-back in the modern game.

4. Are Everton and Watford, the dark-horses?

Buoyed by three goals in two games by their £40m worth Brazilian attacking midfielder Richarlison, Everton have shown early promise in the season. Watford, on the other hand, are among a handful of teams that have a perfect record with six points out of their first two fixtures.

Led by their manager Javi Garcia’s attacking mentality, the Hornets look dangerous in attack and solid in defense and could possibly put in a breakthrough performance this campaign.

3. Manchester City remain as dominant as ever

Man of the match, Sergio Aguero netted his ninth Premier League hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield Town at the Etihad. Motivated by a masterclass from David Silva, Manchester City looked AS dominant as ever and made short work of a hapless Huddersfield.



If the first two matches are any indication, it seems that Pep Guardiola's juggernaut of a team will blow away every opposition and they already look favourites to retain their title, a feat last achieved by Manchester United back in 2009. 


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2. Unai Emery off to a rocky start

The Gunners suffered their second defeat after losing a thriller to London rivals Chelsea, 3-2. Their new manager Unai Emery is already under pressure to turn the tide in their favour after undertaking the reins from Arsene Wenger in the summer.

However, Emery has received support from the fans due to a positive response from the players to his tactics and tough early fixtures. Without a single point as yet, the Spaniard's time at Arsenal has started on an unfavourable note. Their upcoming game against strugglers West Ham United could be the perfect opportunity to kick-start their campaign and open their account for the season.

1. Manchester United'S woes continue

Brighton outplayed Jose Mourinho's Red Devils in a sensational 3-2 victory at the Amex. The result has sent a wave of uproar among the United fans who believe the manager’s tactics are not suitable for the players and are already demanding his sacking.

On the other hand, captain Paul Pogba questioned the passion of his own teammates and felt that they deserved to lose against a Brighton side who were just more hungry for the victory. Sadly, the result has been more about how awful United were rather than how brilliant Brighton were. Chris Houghton’s men dominated large parts of the game, preventing United from getting into any attacking rhythm. The Red Devils play high-flying Tottenham Hotspur next; a tough fixture with the onus being on Mourinho's men to prove their mettle.

The second gameweek of the Premier League was not short of entertainment and excitement. Three red cards, Harry Kane finally scoring in August, and Alisson maintaining a perfect clean-sheet record are some of the notable bytes to take away. The most viewed league in the world is already hitting top gear to the delight of the fans.

Published: Tue Aug 21, 2018 04:40 PM IST

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