The 2021/22 Premier League season is only two games old, but we’ve already been treated to some scintillating football and a string of glorious goals.
Arsenal kicked off the campaign with a humbling 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Friday night, which striker Ivan Toney described as a ‘kick about with the boys’. C’mon Arsenal, you don’t help yourselves, do you?
Saturday’s early kick-off saw bitter rivals Manchester United and Leeds United go to war on the Old Trafford turf, and the pair didn’t let us down for entertainment, with the hosts romping to a 5-1 victory in front of a packed-out stadium.
The afternoon started brightly for Man Utd supporters, with the announcement that Raphael Varane had officially joined the Red Devils, and he was given a warm reception by the watching audience.
Leeds fans were keen to disrupt proceedings, chanting ‘Who the f**k are you?’ Funny, although he is a World Cup and four-time Champions League winner – do some research, lads.
Touching stuff, nonetheless. The game kicked off and Man Utd began at a ferocious pace, looking the most dangerous side in the final third. Paul Pogba was lurking with intent on that left flank, with a look in his eye like a shark assessing which school of fish to decimate.
Sure enough, it took 30 minutes for the Red Devils to strike, and the Frenchman was at the heart of it. His through ball was inch perfect for Bruno Fernandes, and the attacking midfielder took one touch and fired home. Breakthrough.
Luke Ayling took matters into his own hands minutes into the second half however, letting rip a fierce strike from distance which rocketed beyond David De Gea to level the scores. Lift off for Leeds.
From that moment however, it was all downhill for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Man Utd turned on the style, and much like that friend who suddenly sits forward to kill off a friendly game of FIFA, it was all over in the blink of an eye.
Pogba and Fernandes blew Leeds away over the next quarter of an hour, with the former completing four assists and the latter bagging a terrific hat-trick. Pogba was crucial to the second goal, cutting the Whites apart with a beautiful pass to Mason Greenwood, and the forward did the rest with a smart finish.
Pogba ended the match with four stunning assists, and Fernandes with three well-taken goals. It was a whitewash. Even Fred scored.
Impossible to criticise Pogba after a display like that then – unless you’re one man (probably).
There were other sceptics on the social media platform, of course.
In fairness, Leeds didn’t make it particularly difficult for Pogba or Man Utd…
Winger Daniel James also put in a solid performance for Man Utd, although Twitter would have you believe he was letting the side down.
Jadon Sancho was even introduced late on, and Varane is yet to come for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. All cause for optimism then!