Gabriel Jesus got three assists for Manchester City as they thrashed promoted Norwich City 5-0 at Etihad Stadium to claim their first win of the season.
Two of Jesus’ assists came in the first half. After 7 minutes an attempted clearance from Grant Hanley went in off goalkeeper Tim Krul before another Jesus cross rebounded in off Jack Grealish for the England international’s first City goal. In between Ferran Torres thought he’d scored but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up by Bernado Silva.
Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez all added their names to the scoresheet in the second half as the champions kick started their title defence following last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United were unable to build on their opening day win as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Southampton. United were the better side for long periods but were unable to find the cutting edge needed to get the win.
Southampton took the lead against the run of play on the half hour mark as Che Adams’ shot went in off Fred, the deflection getting the better of David De Gea.
Early in the second half Mason Greenwood levelled after some good build-up play by Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, but United were unable to kick on and find a winning goal. However, they did equal Arsenal’s record of 27 successive away Premier League games unbeaten.
Bolton Wanderers made it 8 points from 4 games as they came from behind to end Oxford United’s own unbeaten start to the season.
Matty Taylor gave Oxford the lead on 11 minutes, but Bolton levelled in the final minute of the first half through Dapo Afolayan. Eion Doyle, making his 50th Bolton appearance, gave them a 63rd minute lead.
Both sides had further chances, but Doyle’s goal proved to be the winner for the hosts, who are just a point outside the play-off places following their second straight win.
Wigan Athletic are just a point behind them after two late goals earned them victory at Charlton Athletic, who are still awaiting their first win.
The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw until two minutes from time when a Max Power cross was headed home by captain Tendayi Darikwa. James McClean, who returned to the club this week, added a second deep into stoppage time.
Rochdale gained their first win of the season as they beat Northampton Town in a battle of two teams who were relegated from League One last season.
Max Taylor opened the scoring for Rochdale on 17 minutes, but Northampton were level just three minutes later through Jon Guthrie.
Josh Andrews restored the visitors’ lead on 73 minutes before Abraham Odoh sealed the win in stoppage time.
Oldham Athletic remained without a point after suffering a fourth successive defeat, this time at home to Colchester United, a result which sparked on pitch protests from home fans after the final whistle.
Colchester were two up inside the opening 12 minutes thanks to a penalty from Freddie Sears and a strike from Noah Chilvers. Dylan Bahamboula pulled one back with 17 minutes remaining, but the visitors held on to gain their first win of the season.
Salford City are also still awaiting their first win after falling to a 1-0 defeat at home to Swindon Town, despite being the better side throughout the game.
The hosts had more of the ball and more chances, but their inability to take their chances was punished by Josh Payne, who scored the game’s only goal four minutes into the second half.
It was another mixed weekend for Manchester’s two Premier League sides, but in different ways. City will be delighted with their big win over Norwich, but United will feel their performance against Southampton was lacking, especially in midfield.
Bolton and Wigan will be very pleased with how their early season form is shaping up, with the two sides going head to head in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Rochdale will be relieved to have got their first win at the fourth attempt, but Oldham and Salford will both be desperate to turn around their poor form sooner rather than later