There may only be one weekend of the season done and dusted, but the big three managerial changes in the Premier League - David Moyes at United, Manuel Pellegrini at City and José Mourinho's return to Chelsea - all got off to perfect starts.

Moyes' Manchester

David Moyes was the first one up on Saturday afternoon as Manchester United faced a tough trip to a progressive Swansea City side.

Journalists were waiting and almost hoping for the Champions to slip and provide a great story, but Moyes, Van Persie and Welbeck had other ideas. 

The first 30 minutes was equal, but then Van Persie showed his quality in the 34th minute, before getting involved in their second two minutes later. From there it was plain sailing and Moyes was able to send Wayne Rooney on after an hour without much chance of the troubled striker's introduction jeopardising the result. 

The Return of the Special One

Sunday saw Mourinho and his Chelsea side take to the stage as they faced the much simpler prospect of newly-promoted Hull at Stamford Bridge. 

By the 25th minute it was 2-0 and after the break Chelsea took it a little easier in the same way as Mourinho's past Chelsea sides used to do once the game was clearly won.

So it was plain sailing at a Stamford Bridge that was much more buoyant than it was with a certain Rafa Benitez in the dugout. Tougher challenges will come for the Special One, of course, but he'll be happy to have three points and a clean sheet on his return.

Perfect Pellegrini

The last of the three new faces was that of Manuel Pellegrini, who had to wait until Monday night to get the campaign underway and his Manchester City side duly brushed Newcastle aside 4-0 to jump to the top of the table after the first weekend of action.

It was the perfect performance really with four different goalscorers and his side simply dominated with their 64% of possession. The best start imaginable.

Over on the continent

There were several new faces in the dugouts across Europe as well this weekend. The big two in Spain both entered the new season with new managers for the first time in ten years when Frank Rijkaard and Carlos Queiroz both started new roles.

Barcelona new man Gerardo 'Tata' Martinez watched his defending champions win 7-0 - yes, seven...!

A little further down in the capital, Carlo Ancelotti would have been just as happy even though his side had to work a lot harder for their three points.

After going behind to a Real Betis goal at home, Madrid equalised before the break before new signing Isco scored the first header of his career four minutes from time to give the new Real boss a much-needed opening win.

And new Real Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate saw his side prepare for their midweek Champions League qualifier in perfect style with two classy goals to see off Getafe 2-0.

Meanwhile, in Portugal, new Porto manager Paulo Fonseca took the early advantage in the title race as his side opened their campaign with a 3-1 win, while Benfica lost 2-1 in their opening match.

And an honourable mention

His side may not have won, but there must be an honourable mention for Mark Hughes.

The new Stoke boss took his side to Anfield to open the Premier League season and were a last-minute penalty miss away from taking a point after a spirited performance.

Not the perfect start enjoyed by new gaffers elsewhere, but there was a lot for Hughes to be proud of.

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