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Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

Taking the P

The shock result of the round in the Premier League was arguably Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win away at reigning champions Chelsea. jose

Despite the Blues’ shaky start to the season, Jose Mourinho’s 100th home game in charge looked like being a home banker.

However, Mourinho has had trouble against managers whose surname starts with the letter ‘P’.

Seriously, Alan Pardew led his side to victory at the Bridge on Saturday, meaning that the last seven managers to defeat Mourinho have all had that same last initial:

Pulis, Poyet, Pardew, Pochettino, Pulis, Pellegrini were the last half dozen managers to beat the Portuguese manager before Pardew’s Eagles earned an impressive triumph this weekend.

Seeing Red

Across the 10 Premier League games this weekend, there were no fewer than six red cards.  red_card

Stoke City were reduced to nine men, with Ibrahim Affellay and Chrlie Adam dismissed against West Brom.

Liverpool and West Ham both finished a man light at Anfield, with Phillippe Coutinho and Mark Noble heading for an early bath.

Aleksander Mitrovic continued his ill-disciplined start for Newcastle – seeing red after just 15 minutes against Arsenal.

And on Sunday Norwich’s Steven Whittaker picked up two yellow cards in four minutes to earn a red card from referee Jonathan Moss.

Hammered

West Ham had not won an away game to Liverpool for 52 years before Saturday’s emphatic 3-0 win at Anfield. manuel-lanzini-west-ham-liverpool_3343611

The result is more extraordinary when you consider the Hammers lost 4-3 at home to newly promoted Bournemouth just seven days previous.

‘We are going to improve our home record and we will lose some away games,’ Bilic told the Daily Mail.

‘It’s going to happen but what happened here is so logical. I can organise. I’m not modest.’

Debutant Manuel Lanzini opened the scoring for the visitors after just three minutes, and went on to produce a fine performance throughout.

Mark Noble scored the second – before being harshly sent off and Diafra Sakho scored a third in stoppage time to complete a second straight away win for West Ham, following their 2-0 triumph at Arsenal.

Marvellous Monk

Garry Monk has been doing a tremendous job at Swansea City since taking the job on permanently in May 2014. monk

Last season he led the Welsh club to their highest ever Premier League points tally, and the squad appears even stronger this time around.

The Swans came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday – the Red Devils first defeat of the season.

Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis scored the goals for City – the first goals United have leaked this season. Incredibly, both players, who have scored all of Swansea’s league goals this season, cost the club absolutely nothing.

That victory was Swansea’s third successive win over United and owed much to Monk’s tactics and substitutions. He brought on Ki Sung-Yeung for Wayne Routledge, which freed up Gylffi Sigurdsson and Ayew to support Gomis up front.

The win takes Swansea 4th in the table and they look on course to surpass last season’s points haul even at this early stage of the season.

United lack fire power

Louis Van Gaal’s limited options to change things around as Swansea came from behind on Sunday suggests that the 13-time Premier League champions won’t be challenging for the title this year.

Wayne Rooney started the game up front, but having let Robin Van Persie leave this summer, and Radamel Falcao’s loan expiration, there aren’t many options for United in the striking department. utd

This was emphasised by the introduction of Marouane Fellaini as a striker for the final 15 minutes as United chased the game. The Belgium midfielder’s only real influence was to give away several fouls that eased pressure as United’s midfield lofted hopeful long balls up towards him.

Javier Hernandez, who has netted 44 goals in 126 league games for the Red Devils, remained on the bench and is set to leave the club before Tuesday’s transfer window closes.

19 year-old Anthony Martial is set to join the club, however, with only three goals in their opening four league games, Van Gaal really needs to find another proven goal scorer or two before Tuesday.

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