Erling Haaland scored twice on his Premier League debut as Manchester Metropolis opened their defence of the title with a 2-0 win at West Ham, whereas Manchester United have been crushed 2-1 by Brighton in Erik ten Hag’s first sport in cost on Sunday.
Haaland lived as much as the hype since his switch from Borussia Dortmund to provide the champions an ideal begin to the season within the searing warmth of East London.
West Ham almost derailed Metropolis’s title probabilities after they led 2-0 at half-time within the penultimate sport of final season earlier than Pep Guardiola’s males battled again for the purpose that finally edged out Liverpool on the prime of the desk.
However they have been no match this time as Haaland instantly proved the worth of Metropolis including a confirmed goalscorer to their arsenal.
The Norwegian has been signed because the long-term successor to Sergio Aguero and began his Metropolis profession similar to the membership’s all time file goalscorer with a double on his league debut.
Haaland had missed probabilities in Metropolis’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool within the Group Protect, however Guardiola’s warning that the objectives would quickly movement proved to be appropriate.
Metropolis’s affected person possession sport wore the Hammers down as temperatures within the English capital soared above 30 levels celsius on Sunday.
Haaland took duty from the penalty spot to open his Premier League account after he had been introduced down by Alphonse Areola.
West Ham began the second half with extra attacking intent however that merely performed into the fingers of Metropolis’s new weapon as Kevin De Bruyne cut up open their defence with one go on the counter-attack for Haaland to gallop clear on aim and slot low previous Areola.
The contrasting fortunes of the Manchester golf equipment in latest seasons continued as United suffered one other false daybreak in Ten Hag’s first aggressive sport in cost.
Cristiano Ronaldo began on the bench for the Crimson Devils because of his lack of pre-season coaching with the Portuguese reportedly eager on an exit from Previous Trafford to play within the Champions League this season.
Brighton thrashed United 4-0 when the perimeters final met in Might and regardless of shedding Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella for over ?100 million since ($121 million), the Seagulls have been once more too slick for United’s leaden-footed defence.
Twice in 9 minutes Pascal Gross ghosted in unmarked on the again publish to fit into an unguarded internet earlier than half-time.
It even took a Brighton mistake for Ten Hag’s males to search out the web as Robert Sanchez slapped the ball into his personal internet off the unlucky Alexis Mac Allister.
Ronaldo was given a rousing reception from an in any other case annoyed crowd, however by no means had a transparent sight of aim to disclaim Brighton their first ever win at Previous Trafford.
“It is the worst attainable begin, to be 2-0 down at half-time at Previous Trafford,” stated United captain Harry Maguire.
“It is not ok. We huffed and puffed to get one again and we had probabilities to equalise. It is a unhealthy begin for us.”
Brentford did handle to return from two objectives all the way down to salvage a 2-2 draw away to Leicester.
The Foxes have been in turmoil heading into the season with long-serving captain Kasper Schmeichel becoming a member of Good and rumours over the futures of James Maddison and Wesley Fofana.
Each began and Maddison’s nook teed up Timothy Castagne to scored the opening aim.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor’s gorgeous strike from lengthy vary then doubled Leicester’s lead early within the second-half.
However Brentford bounced again to take a degree as Ivan Toney used his power to fireplace dwelling from shut vary earlier than Josh Dasilva discovered the highest nook.
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