Premier League news - Matchweek 2
Man City, Man United, Fc Chelsea, Hull City on top of EPL table going into match-week 3
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Hull City won their EPL Week 2 matches and have 6 points apiece going into Week 3. In the opening fixture of the weekend. Manchester United hosted the Saints at Old Trafford in an inspiring and hard fought 2-0 win for the Red Devils as “the best mid-fielder in the world”, Paul Pogba made his home debut for United and superstar Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued to impress by scoring another two goals.
Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and his side have started their 2016-2017 England Premier League campaign with a winning streak as United manager won against Southampton on Friday sending Southampton packing from Old Trafford licking their wounds after a 2-0 closeout. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as he continues to impress Red Devils fans at Portuguese manager Mourinho's first home match. The victory moves United to the summit of the English top flight in a great start to the Red Devil’s battle to regain Champions League qualification.
The inspiring win was United's second in succession in the EPL this season after their opening-day victory at Bournemouth. Ibrahimovic increased his Manchester United goal tally up to four in three competitive games, including three in his first two Premier League appearances at Man Utd. Ibra opened the scoring at Old Trafford with a superb cross from Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney, as Ibra headed past Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The Swedish talisman scored past the defense of Leicester City center-back Wes Morgan in United’s Community Shield win. England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney made his 600th club appearance in this match (523 for Manchester United, 77 for Everton).
New signing Paul Pogba made an impressive home debut for Man United after returning to United from Italian Serie A giants Juventus for a world-record £89 million, looking fit and powerful on his Premier League comeback. Thirty-four-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the usual penalty taker at PSG last season, and so far seems to have taken on the job with success at Old Trafford under Mourinho. Ibrahimovic's confidence, consistency, and ability are an asset to United and he is already popular with home fans.
Swedish celebrity striker Ibrahimovic replaced skipper Wayne Rooney on penalty duties when United were awarded a spot-kick; his winning finish was his 25th successful conversion from his last 28 attempts. Ibra scored in the Red Devil’s 2016 Community Shield win against 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester City, and in United's Premier League opening match victory at Bournemouth. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Man of the Match. Ibra has scored 41 goals in his last 31 league matches, a record going back to last season with Paris Saint Germain. Ibrahimovic was the high scoring star of French Ligue 1 last season, scoring 50 goals in all competitions last season as Paris St-Germain earned a domestic clean sweep.
Paul Pogba started in a holding midfield role alongside Marouane Fellaini. Pogba’s 2016 EPL debut for Man United was delayed because of a suspension held over from his time in Italy. According to his new manager, Pogba is working his way back to full speed, having been given a break after helping France reach the Euro 2016 final. Frenchman Pogba celebrated the 26th birthday of his brother, Partick Thistle striker Mathias Pogba. Older brother Mathias was the first member of the Pogba family to score this season, a Scottish League Cup goal for Partick Thistle at Stenhousemuir in July.
"It's a great feeling. I'm very happy. It's my brother's birthday so I am happier,” said Paul Pogba after the match. "I was relaxed, no nerves, I played my game. The first ball of the match, I lost it, but got used to it. After that, I felt better. I came here to win, that is what I always wanted. It's a top club. We need to get used to winning and carry on like this. We dream big. United are a big club, I know we will do big things this season." Southampton manager Claude Puel's has yet to win a game this season after drawing 1-1 against Watford on EPL opening day last Saturday. New Southampton boss Puel, Ronald Koeman's replacement, and his side are looking for their first win this season in Week 3.
"They are a good side, but I thought we played well. We passed the ball around well, but it took us a bit of time to get going again,” said Southampton’s Shane Long. "We need to change that. We need to be right at teams from the start. We'll learn from this. We caused them some problems and we can look at some positives."
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EPL Week 2 Results
Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
Premier League Table Week 2
Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal
Burnley 2-0 Liverpool
Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
West Brom 1-2 Everton
Swansea 0-2 Hull City
Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough
West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth
Going into Week 3, Man City, Man Utd, Hull, and Chelsea are sitting at the top of the EPL table.
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