PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 6 ROUNDUP: An upset for Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United, a faltering $205 million-rated striker, and a 6-goal thriller
- Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end at the hands of Aston Villa this weekend.
- Elsewhere, Tottenham striker Harry Kane continued to falter as Spurs were thrashed by Arsenal.
- Brentford also produced another shock result as it drew 3-3 with Liverpool.
Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end on Saturday at the hands of Aston Villa, who produced a dominant performance to win 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Defender Courtney Hause scored the game's only goal in the 88th minute when he headed home from a corner.
Drama involving Cristiano Ronaldo was to follow, however, when Bruno Fernandes missed an injury-time penalty.
Ronaldo had stepped aside to let Fernandes take the kick, which Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez decided to taunt the 36-year-old about, screaming at him "you take it, you take it!" and pointing at the turf.
The Argentine's mind games worked, as Fernandes, who is usually clinical from the spot, blazed the penalty over the bar.
Martinez then celebrated by gyrating towards the United fans behind the goal.
-ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 25, 2021
After the match, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Martinez should have been punished for his celebration.
"It's not right for him to do that, so I suppose it should have been a yellow card," Solskjaer declared. "They have achieved what they wanted, the way they rounded the penalty spot wasn't to my liking.
"Bruno is mentally strong and will again step forward, the decision on who will take penalties is made before the game."
Harry's horrid run goes on
In the North London derby the next day, Arsenal thrashed visiting Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 as Harry Kane again drew a blank in front of goal.
The English striker, who has won the Golden Boot in three of the last five seasons, has yet to find the net in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal flew out of the gates out the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Bukayo Saka giving Mikel Arteta's side a three-goal lead by the 34th minute.
Kane missed a glorious chance to pull one back for Spurs in the second-half, before Son Heung-min scored a late consolation goal.
-B/R Football (@brfootball) September 26, 2021
Kane was at the heart of a dramatic transfer saga in the summer, with Tottenham turning down a $137 million bid from Manchester City for the striker.
The 28-year-old then publicly declared his intention to leave, before returning late for pre-season in an apparent attempt to try and force a move away.
City never returned with a second bid, however, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy adamant the Englishman was not for sale, leaving Kane with no option other than to stay. City were reportedly preparing a fresh bid worth up to $205 million before committed to staying at the club.
The former Manchester United defender turned pundit Gary Neville said after Sunday's defeat that he believes the saga is still hanging over Kane's head.
"He doesn't look happy," Neville said of Kane on Sky Sports. "He looks like he's still carrying over the situation from the summer.
"He could've still had two or three goals today and a penalty. There's still a contribution, but he's just not himself."
Brentford continue to impress
The match of the weekend was without doubt Brentford's thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool at the Community Stadium on Saturday.
Ethan Pinnock had given Thomas Frank's newly promoted side a deserved early lead, poking home Ivan Toney's clever flick.
A goal for Diogo Jota in the first half, followed by Mohamed Salah's 100th Premier League goal in the second, put Liverpool ahead, only for Vitaly Janelt to equalize.
Curtis Jones restored the visitor's lead with a long-range drive, but Bretnford striker Yoane Wissa had the last word as he thumped home from close range in the 82nd minute to complete the scoring.
-Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) September 26, 2021
The draw was the latest result in what has been a thus far impressive debut Premier League season for Brentford.
Now ninth in the table after six matches, the Bees have lost only once, while have also produced impressive wins over Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"We drew 3-3 against Liverpool, it's what we dream for as kids," goalscorer Janelt said after the match.
"Before the game we said we will try the best against Liverpool, one of the best teams in the world, and now we draw 3-3."
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, Everton beat struggling Norwich 2-0, and West Ham continued its fine start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Leeds United.
- No crypto ban in India — SEBI will reportedly be pulled in to regulate the sector
- I wore the same outfit for a week, as part of a productivity hack promoted by Steve Jobs — but it didn't really work. After speaking to psychologists, I'm not surprised.
- Maruti cars to cost you more from January next year
- Star Health and Allied Insurance IPO — Here is how to check your allotment status, GMP at a discount
- Best portable photo studios in India
- Best spike guards for home use in India
- Dell Latitude 7320 Review — A good-looking compact convertible let down by the keyboard
- SaaS firm RateGain’s IPO opens tomorrow — should you invest?