Cristiano Ronaldo marked his Manchester United homecoming with two goals in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United amid a party atmosphere at Old Trafford. Ronaldo scored a goal in each half either side of an equaliser from Javier Manquillo.
Bruno Fernandes scored a spectacular third and Jesse Lingard also got his name on the scoresheet after a well worked move as United made it 10 points from 4 games to sit top of the table on goals scored.
Manchester City are fourth after a third successive win as they edged past Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Bernardo Silva got the only goal of the game on 62 minutes, after Jamie Vardy had previously had a goal disallowed for offside.
Both sides begin their Champions League campaign in midweek, with United travelling to Switzerland to face Young Boys on Tuesday, while Manchester City host RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
Bolton Wanderers claimed their biggest win of the season so far as they beat Ipswich Town 5-2 at Portman Road, a result which leaves the hosts still looking for their first win in all competitions of this campaign.
Macaulay Bonne had given Ipswich a fifth minute lead, but Dapo Afolayan and an Eion Doyle penalty had turned the game around for Bolton. Almeida Santos’ own goal drew Ipswich level again but Afolayan’s second of the game in first half stoppage time restored Bolton’s lead.
Josh Sheehan and George Johnston added goals in the second half to secure a result which sees Bolton move up to third in the table, having taken 12 points from 6 games.
Wigan Athletic are one place and one point above Bolton after they came from behind to beat bottom side Doncaster Rovers at the DW Stadium.
Tommy Rowe broke the deadlock for Doncaster midway through the first half, but the lead only lasted a couple of minutes before Will Keane levelled. Keane added a second on 52 minutes to move the Latics into the automatic promotion places.
Oldham Athletic’s problems continued to mount as they were beaten 4-0 at Leyton Orient. Away fans had already been banned from attending the game following repeated incidents of crowd trouble at previous games this season.
Aaron Drinan, Tom James, Theo Archibald and Harry Smith grabbed the goals for Orient, who move into the automatic promotion places. Oldham’s sixth defeat in seven games sees them return to the bottom of the table.
Salford City bounced back from successive defeats as Matty Lund’s 90th minute goal gave them victory over Bradford City in a tight contest against one of manager Gary Bowyer’s former clubs.
Rochdale also claimed a late victory as they beat Tranmere Rovers thanks to an 84th minute strike from Danny Cashman, although Dale’s dominance of the game was greater than the scoreline suggested
Women’s Super League
Manchester United made it two wins from two thanks to a dominant performance against Leicester City, despite a serious leg injury suffered to defender Millie Turner in the first half.
United took the lead on 36 minutes after Katie Zelem teed up Ella Toone, while Maria Thorisdottir and Martha Thomas got their first goals for the club either side of a header from Abbie McManus, who swapped United for Leicester in the summer.
Manchester City suffered a shock defeat in controversial circumstances as Tottenham Hotspur inflicted City’s first loss at home since April 2018.
Lauren Hemp had given City an early lead but Rachel Williams levelled just after the hour mark. With four minutes left of normal time, an own goal from Karima Taieb was allowed to stand despite a clear handball from Rosella Ayane in the buildup.
There was no doubt about the big story of the weekend- Cristiano Ronaldo’s return for Manchester United after 12 years away. The party atmosphere at Old Trafford continued outside the ground for some time after the final whistle.
Calls for VAR in the women’s game have understandably increased after the controversial nature of Tottenham’s winner against Manchester City, although not all WSL venues are able to accomodate the technology, while many believe the standard of officials needs to improve first.