Premier League Round-Up – Week Four
There were star returns, debut goals and plenty of talking points as the Premier League kicked back into action following the international break. The top four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all picked up three points, while early season surprise package Brighton & Hove Albion rose to fifth in the table. Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers both scored their first goals of the campaign, with the Gunners picking up their first points in the process. Check out some key moments in our Premier League round-up of week four.
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle
Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to Old Trafford in style, with a performance both the expectant crowd and the assembled global press were waiting for.
CR7 gave the Red Devils the lead shortly before the break when Mason Greenwood’s deflected shot was only parried by stopper Freddie Woodman, allowing the Portuguese star to poke home.
Newcastle found an equaliser on the counter in the second half through the most unlikely of scorers, Javier Manquillo, before Ronaldo again got the better of Woodman – firing through the young goalkeeper’s legs to restore his side’s lead.
Bruno Fernandes – not wanting to be upstaged by his compatriot – scored the goal of the afternoon with a thunderbolt from 25 yards out, before Jesse Lingard added a fourth with a cool finish.
Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool
Mohamed Salah joined the elite Premier League 100 goal club when he opened the scoring at Elland Road, in what was a comfortable win for the Reds.
Fabinho made it two early in the second half before the fixture was overshadowed by an horrific injury picked up by teenager Harvey Elliott, for which Pascal Struijk was shown a red card.
Sadio Mane wrapped up the game with a deserved third goal, but the Liverpool players’ thoughts were clearly with their talented young team-mate at the final whistle.
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Romelu Lukaku finally fulfilled his childhood dream of scoring at Stamford Bridge when he gave Chelsea a 15th minute lead on Saturday.
The Blues were gifted a second as a Tyrone Mings back-pass allowed Mateo Kovacic to nip in and double the West Londoners’ goal tally.
Lukaku netted his second and Chelsea’s third in stoppage-time, with a pin-point finish from the edge of the box.
Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur’s 100% record in the league came crashing down at the hands of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, whose Palace side picked up their first win of 2021-22.
Japhet Tanganga lost his head shortly into the second half, picking up two yellow cards within five minutes of each other – and it soon fell apart for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
A Wilfried Zaha spot-kick and a debut brace from Odsonne Edouard had Selhurst Park rocking at full-time.
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City
It was an enthralling match at the King Power Stadium, and one that the Citizens had to dig deep in to make sure they returned from the Midlands with all three points.
Keen not to be a forgotten Portuguese star in Manchester, Bernardo Silva put in a man-of-the-match performance and netted the winner just after the hour mark.
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City
The two basement boys going into the weekend faced off at the Emirates, and the Gunners finally got both their first goal and first win of the campaign.
A stubborn Canaries defence was eventually breached by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who bundled the ball home after Nicolas Pepe’s initial effort struck the upright.
Watford 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Another side who are now up and running are Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had to wait until the 74th minute for their first goal of the season.
Francisco Sierralta headed into his own net while attempting a low clearance, before South Korean debutant Hwang Hee-chan tapped in from close range nine minutes later to secure the win.
Brentford 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Leandro Trossard’s 90th minute goal was the only thing separating the Bees and the Seagulls in their first top-flight meeting.
The result ended Brentford’s unbeaten start to life in England’s top tier and propelled Brighton up to the dizzying heights of fifth.
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
In the Premier League’s only draw of the gameweek so far, there were few chances for either side in a relatively low-quality affair.
The main talking point came in second half stoppage-time when West Ham United talisman Michail Antonio was shown a second yellow card, ruling him out of the upcoming visit of Manchester United to the London Stadium.
Preview: Everton vs Burnley
Gameweek 4 wraps up at Goodison Park, where Rafa Benitez and Sean Dyche go toe-to-toe on Monday night.
Burnley have slipped into the relegation zone and will go to Merseyside in search of their first win of the season, whilst Everton are looking to build upon their pre-international break momentum of two wins and one draw.