Check out the winners and losers from the first weekend of the 2014/15 Premier League season!
Manchester City end the first weekend of the new season where they ended the last weekend of last season- on top of the table. As the only team that scored two goals more than their opponents Manchester City began their title defence in a positive manner, playing silky, stylish football, and will look to continue this form going into their next match against Liverpool next week.
Playing Everton under Roberto Martinez is never an easy game, particularly for a newly promoted side, but Leicester City showed fight and intent to come from behind to secure a draw in their first match in the top flight this season. If they can put in that level of performance against some of the lesser teams this term they should have no worries about staying in the Premier League come the end of the season.
They made hard work of it, but Liverpool have their first win in the post-Suarez era, scoring two goals to boot. They missed their star man but managed to fight off a spirited Southampton comeback to rack up their first win of the season and begin another charge for the Champions’ League. Rodgers will be pleased to have negotiated a tricky first match with some of their most creative players still to come back from injury.
It was all going so well for Louis van Gaal. However, despite being unbeaten in pre-season, the Manchester United fans were treated to the sort of display they became accustomed to last season as United limped to a home loss to Swansea. Granted, they were missing some players through injury but United once more looked distinctly beatable at the Theatre of Dreams as their defence struggled to adapt to the Dutchman’s preferred 3-5-2 formation.
Granted, they pushed Arsenal fairly close in a tight game at the Emirates, but it is more what happened on the Friday than the Saturday that may well be the defining moment of Crystal Palace’s season.
Manager Tony Pulis left his post after a public falling out with the club’s chairman, and as such, Palace have lost the man who took them from the relegation zone to an extremely respectable 11th position last season. It is doubtful they will manage to attract a manager with Pulis’s pedigree with the season having already started and this could well trigger a rough patch in Palace’s fortunes until a suitable replacement can be found.