Not a weekend of Premier League classics by any means... three 0-0s, two 1-1s, and an absolute one-sided demolition.
Manchester United 4- Everton 0. Not a great weekend for games, City's demolition of Watford was so one sided that it was almost unwatchable, and so I've gone for United vs. Everton as the match of the weekend. 4-0 certainly flatters United, as this was a fairly tight contest until Mkhitaryan's goal in the 83rd minute. Everton were unlucky not to equalize in the 2nd half, when De Gea saved smartly after great work from Wayne Rooney on his Old Trafford return. United looked disjointed and flat at times, and the game often had that feeling that so many matches had last season that went on to finish in home draws. But under Mourinho this campaign, United do seem to have that extra little bit of quality when they need to go up a gear and find another goal to seal the victory. All the talk will be about Valencia's wonder strike (and rightly so it was a hell of a hit), but Lukaku's delightful lay off and Mkhiratyan's clinical finish for the second is really what won the game for United. They had looked nervy the whole second half, and the 2nd goal settled the team down and ensured that United would end the game with all 3 points.
Antonio Valencia's sublime volley for Manchester United against Everton. He does not score as many as a player of his quality should (even now that he's a right back and not a winger), but that was some hit. The technique to keep it down and on target was spectacular, and it was past Pickford before he even had a chance to see it. Goal of the season so far, although I suggest Charlie Daniels may have something to say about that.
Player of the weekend:
Sergio Aguero-- There have been several lists of top 25 players of the Premier League era circulating in recent weeks, and I was absolutely astounded to see Aguero left off of a number of them. With his hattrick this weekend, Aguero edges ever closer to being City's all time top scorer. Since joining City in 2011, he has scored so consistently (even when dogged by injuries at times) that it seems as though his brilliance is often taken for granted. Against Watford this weekend, the Argentinian was simply sensational, both in scoring himself, and in setting up his strike partner Jesus. It looks as though whatever beef he supposedly had with Pep last season he has put behind him, and he is in the form of his life.
Moment of the weekend:
Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford-- The United faithful gave their former captain a hero's welcome on his return to the ground where he spent 13 trophy laden years, cheering his name throughout the match. Rooney can be fairly happy with his performance. After being caught in possession, and misplacing a few passes early on, he grew into the game quite well, and carved out a couple of decent openings for himself. He maybe should have scored after he won the ball terrifically against Eric Bailly in the United box in the 2nd half, and can count himself unlucky to be up against former teammate De Gea who made a terrific stop to deny him.
Team of the weekend:
Valencia Lascelles Matip Mustafi
Salah De Bruyne Matic Lemina