The first weekend of the Premier League is over and done with. 27 goals were scored across 10 games and of course, there were some spectacular standout performances to take note of. Champions Manchester City were the biggest winners, netting five against West Ham United, while Manchester United ruined Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea as they thrashed the visitors 4-0. Here’s a rundown of the top 5 performances from the Premier League’s opening weekend :-
1. Raheem Sterling :-
Raheem Sterling started the season just as he finished the last, with another emphatic performance, in which he bagged himself another match ball to add to his ever growing collection. Sterling has developed into one of the game’s finest talents in recent seasons, and
he proved that once again against West Ham. He managed to score a hat trick but could have comfortably had a few more, in what was a typically fantastic outing for the winger and for the Manchester City, who are at the top of the Premier League Table..
2. Marcus Rashford :-
With Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan, there will be a bigger dependency on Marcus Rashford at United this season, and he started the campaign like a man who relishes the weight of expectation. Operating as a wide striker, Rashford was the epitome of what Solskjaer wanted from United. He attacked with raw pace and power and showcased some real composure to net twice against Chelsea, including an expertly taken penalty.
3. Harry Kane :-
August is usually the hardest month for Harry Kane but after ending last season injured, the England captain has time to make up for. He scored two late goals to ensure that Tottenham avoided an opening day upset as they won 3-1 against Aston Villa. His first was a typically instinctive left footed finish but his second goal was excellent, as he whipped a low right footed strike around Bjorn Engels and beyond the reach of Tom Heaton.
4. Mohamed Salah :-
Mohamed Salah absolutely terrorised Norwich at Anfield and constantly found himself in threatening positions as a result of his movement. With or without the ball, Salah waltzed into the penalty area with ease and pulled the strings against a shell shocked Norwich side. The Egyptian didn’t need much time to remind Premier League teams up and down the country of the threat he possesses after notching a goal and an assist. He has now scored in the last three opening games of the season for Liverpool.
5. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang :-
The Gunners faced a tough opening game against an unpredictable Newcastle United, but Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s second half strike was enough to ensure that Unai Emery’s men would take their first three points of the season. The Gabon international picked up from where he left off last season, and his movement was fantastic, which gave his teammates plenty of chances to find him. He had a few chances in the first half but made the most of his opportunity in the second. Aubameyang has now scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in 2019.
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