Red cards, own goals, and an unbeaten Watford, but they all pale in comparison to the turmoil at Old Trafford.
Strange times in Manchester, where United are off to their worst start in 26 years after a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of visiting Spurs.
Embattled boss José Mourinho left the pitch applauding the United fans, then launched into a post-match tirade comparing the three Spurs goals to his three Premier League titles.
Even by Jose Mourinho’s standards, this was quite something. pic.twitter.com/AK9QbyAKfq
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 27, 2018
Meanwhile, spare a thought for Roy Hodgson. The 71-year old boss of Crystal Palace picked a fight with Watford mascot Harry The Hornet, got soaked in the rain and watched his team lose 2-1.
Back underway in #WATCRY ⏲️✅
Hodgson has enjoyed his afternoon so far 😂 pic.twitter.com/tAQ4gxK1Af
— ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) August 26, 2018
For Watford, however, the result has them in the rarefied air at the top of the table with Liverpool with three straight wins to start the season.
Elswhere, Aussie Mat Ryan was superb in goal again for Brighton, but ultimately couldn’t stop Mo Saleh, whose goal gave Liverpool a hard-fought 1-0 win.
And Arsenal picked up its first points of the season with a win over West Ham, who remain the only pointless team.
Watford on top of the league (kinda)
The Hornets sit on nine points, albeit from wins over Brighton, Burnley and Palace. But as the old saying goes, you can only play who’s in front of you. Next week, Spurs come to town.
The American defender set up Newcastle’s opener, though there was some controversy over his potentially high elbow. Then his last minute own goal gave Chelsea all three points.
Rafa Benitez’s tactics
The Newcastle boss was roundly criticised by media and even Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri for an ultra-defensive game plan that kept five at the back.
If Big Sam sent a team out to play like this he’d get hammered. This isn’t Newcastle. Toon fans I know would rather lose 5-4 than win 1-0 like this.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) August 26, 2018
Goals from big money signings Jean Michael Seri and Aleksandr Mitrovic (with a brace) helped the Cottagers to their first points of the season with a comprehensive win over Burnley.
Not only are the Hammers winless in three starts, but there are rumblings that the corporation that runs their stadium could go bust.
Sir Harry Strikes Again
After a remarkable World Cup, Leicester’s Harry Maguire resumed his heroics with a stoppage time goal that gave the 10-man Foxes a win at Southampton.
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 25, 2018
Wolves shook off last week’s unlucky loss to Leicester – aka Woodwork Weekend – to earn an impressive 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
There were four of them this week, eclipsing the three from last week. And there probably could have been one more, with Watford’s Etienne Capoue fortunate to stay on the pitch after a bad tackle on Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.