Unfortunately, the success of both back fours meant little to shout about further up, 12 million pound midfielder Frank Lampard failed to make a telling attacking contribution, while Torres and Drogba were scoreless.
MOTM: Asmir Begovic- Good saves, a clean sheet and an obvious pick for MOTM.
FOTM: Frank Lampard- Booked, and at that price you’ve got to be making more happen.
West Brom 1-2 Manchester United- A repeat of last year’s scoreline, Rooney and Young were the stars on opening day. As one of the most expensive players in the game, Rooney simply must score on a regular basis, and hopes are high that he will continue to find the net in games to come.
Shane Long could be good value for money, a cheap striker who should score on a regular basis, though he was helped up on this occasion by the hapless David De Gea.
Three defensive injuries are a major concern for United, star center back duo Vidic and Ferdinand are out for two and six weeks respectively, while Rafael won’t be back until October.
MOTM: Ashley Young- Two assists, and the most lively member of United’s attack.
FOTM: David De Gea- Sorry, but it has got to be him. Not a statistical nightmare, but he should have kept a clean sheet.
Manchester City 4-0 Swansea City- They started slowly, but boy did Man City turn it on by the end. Toure, Dzeko, Silva and Aguero look to have already forged a dangerous understanding – to be honest, Swansea just couldn’t deal with them.
Goals for Dzeko, Aguero and Silva make that trio the fantasy headline makers, but the performance in goal of Dutchman Vorm for Swansea was superb.
Interestingly, there were no bookings in this game, meaning no pesky little -1s!
MOTM: Sergio Aguero- Easy, this Premier League thing isn’t it? Two goals (one breathtaking) and an assist on debut day. Honorable Mention: David Silva- Performance wise the best, but Aguero scored more points.
FOTM: Steven Caulker- It could have been any of the Swansea defenders, Caulker the unlucky recipient. Four conceded, zero points.