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Erik Ten Hag in trouble, Tottenham show big heart and Mohamed Salah is the king of assists – what we learned on Saturday


It was another exciting day of action as Premier League football returned in style on Saturday..

After two weeks away due to the international break, seven matches were on the fans’ schedule – and boy were there crackers.


Erik ten Hag struggles after Manchester United defeat to BrightonCredit: Getty

A total of 21 goals were scored, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Aston Villa all coming from behind to claim all three points.

Spurs somehow managed to turn around their match against Sheffield United in stoppage time to maintain their unbeaten run.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have lost three of their opening five matches after being beaten by Brighton at Old Trafford.

And unsurprisingly, there are plenty of takeaways from what was another eventful Saturday.

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Erik ten Hag is under enormous pressure

It’s not raining at United, it’s pouring.

After a week in which Ten Hag banned Jadon Sancho from training and Antony took a period of absence to respond to allegations of domestic violence, this was not the result – or performance – that Ten Hag wished.

He was once again outplayed tactically by the Seagulls, who have now won four consecutive Premier League games against United.

And he now risks losing the support of the United faithful, who have not hesitated to voice their opinions on the Dutchman and his team.

United have lost three of their first five Premier League matches


United have lost three of their first five Premier League matchesCredit: Getty

Ten Hag’s decision to remove Rasmus Hojlund and replace him with Anthony Martial was jeered by fans, before Old Trafford erupted in a chorus of boos after the full-time whistle.

His positive reactions to defeats will also soon start to infuriate fans, Ten Hag – just as he did after the previous defeat to Arsenal – insisted his side were unlucky to lose to Brighton .

Things don’t get any easier for United as they now turn their attention to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Another defeat will only increase the pressure on Ten Hag, and he knows he needs to start getting results – and fast.

Brighton is the real deal

Yes, United are going through a tough time at the moment, but what a decisive victory from Robert De Zerbi’s men.

The Red Devils have remained unbeaten in their last 21 top-flight matches at home, making 31 games unbeaten in all competitions.

But Brighton made United look like the away team, as they effortlessly carved out their opponents at will to continue their fantastic start to the campaign.

It was four wins from five for the south coast side, with their only failure coming against West Ham in their 3-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton continue to impress after stunning United


Brighton continue to impress after stunning UnitedCredit: Getty

And Brighton now have the chance to showcase their supreme talent on the European stage when they take on AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday.

De Zerbi started Evan Ferguson, Ansu Fati, James Milner, Billy Gilmour and Joao Pedro on the bench ahead of the match, showing their league rivals that they can beat any team, regardless of lineup. their choice.

Tottenham’s new attitude: never say and die

Manchester City may be top of the table, but Spurs have arguably been the story of the season so far, their best start since 1965.

No one predicted the north Londoners would be challenging for a European place this campaign, let alone a top four finish and title race as things stand.

And their dramatic victory over the Blades is the most remarkable comeback this season – scoring in the seventh and ninth minutes of added time to win 2-1.

Make no mistake, Spurs were clear favorites to win, but after falling behind in the 73rd minute, Antonio Conte’s former side wouldn’t have picked up a point, let alone all three.

Spurs never collapsed or showed any nerves, they kept Ange Postecoglou’s philosophy and continued their assault on United’s goal.

Their heads didn’t fall either when Brennan Johnson saw a late equalizer correctly ruled out for offside.

Spurs have shown they are not the type to play games with this campaign


Spurs have shown they are not the type to play games with this campaignCredit: Getty

Postecoglou’s biggest test of his Spurs career comes next week when they face Arsenal in the north London derby at the Emirates.

Fans may have feared the trip this summer, but they will be looking forward to potentially winning their first away game at Arsenal in the league since the 2010/11 season.

If anyone should be worried about the match, it’s the Arsenal faithful, whose hopes of Spurs falling are nothing more than a pipe dream.

Mohamed Salah is an assistance machine

He may be Liverpool’s Egyptian king, but the 31-year-old delivered an assist after breaking a Premier League record.

The former Chelsea winger, who scored two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Wolves, is now the African with the most Premier League assists in history.

He now has 63 assists in England’s top flight after overtaking former City and Leicester star Riyad Mahrez.

All but one of Salah’s assists have been for the Merseyside side, with the other coming during his brief spell at Stamford Bridge.

Salah was also unlucky not to complete a hat-trick of assists at Molineux, with Harvey Elliott’s strike on his dismissal deemed a Hugo Bueno own goal.

The 2019 Champions League winner has primarily been a goalscorer during his time at Anfield, but with four assists already to his name this season, full-backs will now find it even more difficult to predict his next move.

Salah played in Liverpool's win over Wolves


Salah played in Liverpool’s win over WolvesCredit: Getty

Erling Haaland is human after all

He may have scored in the 3-1 win at the London Stadium, but the Norwegian striker took his time to score his usual goal.

The 23-year-old missed several chances in both halves in the capital as the Hammers threatened to secure a result against the Citizens.

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In total, Haaland has now missed eight big chances in five Premier League matches – a division-high so far.

But he managed to claim his seventh of the campaign with a clinical strike in the closing stages to show that he may be down at times, but he will never be out.

Haaland took his time to score his usual goal against West Ham


Haaland took his time to score his usual goal against West HamCredit: Getty

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