Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Man United win 3-1 at the Emirates
Many were expecting a more cagey and cautious encounter, but there was action end to end in one of the games of the season so far when Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on Saturday. It was the first home defeat of the season for the Gunners, who were punished just minutes into the game when Antonio Valencia intercepted a pass and went one-two with Paul Pogba before netting the opener. Jesse Lingard got the second after just ten minutes play when United capitalised yet again on Arsenal’s defensive errors. The home side had their share of chances with both Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka coming close in the first-half, but an inspired performance from United keeper David de Gea kept it 2-0 at the break. Shortly into the second-half Lacazette cut the deficit for Arsenal when he fired in Aaron Ramsey’s pull-back from close range. However, Lingard got his second after linking up with Pogba who was later shown a straight red card for a nasty stomp on Hector Bellerin. Next up for the Red Devils is a Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow before a derby with rivals and league leaders Manchester City next weekend.
2 – Back to back wins for Everton
Everton have recorded back to back league wins for the first time this season when they beat Huddersfield 2-0 in Sam Allardyce’s first game as manager. After a goalless first-half Gylfi Sigurdsson put the Toffees ahead by striking Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s back-flick shortly after the restart, 20-year-old Calvert-Lewin went on to seal the win after Wayne Rooney picked him out in the 73rd minute. After beating West Ham 4-0 midweek it’s now two wins and two clean sheets for Everton, who have an Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol on Thursday before the Merseyside derby with Liverpool on Sunday.
3 – Crewe earn FA Cup replay
Crewe have been struggling in League Two this season with twelve defeats in twenty matches, but they battled back from 3-0 down against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday to earn themselves a replay. Rovers had bossed the game and were 3-0 up within twenty minutes, but a foul by Rekeem Harper on Chris Porter gained a straight red and Porter scored the resulting penalty. In the second-half Blackburn were reduced to nine-men after Elliot Bennett was sent off for a challenge on Crewe defender Perry Ng. Crewe then completed their comeback and tied the game 3-3 with headers from Eddie Nolan and Porter in the space of three minutes.
4 – Struggling Strasbourg beat PSG 2-1
Newly promoted Strasbourg have been struggling with life back in the French top tier, but they became the unlikely team to end Paris Saint-Germain’s twenty-five game unbeaten run on Saturday. Nuno Da Costa headed the home side in front but Kylian Mbappe ensured visiting PSG ended the first-half on level terms. The league leaders, who are nine points ahead of defending champions Monaco, had over 70% possession but were unable to convert any more chances. Da Costa played a part in Strasbourg’s second goal when he set up Stephane Bahoken to score the winner.
5 – Millwall end winless run
In the Championship on Saturday Millwall put an end to their six-game winless run with an impressive 3-1 victory over promotion chasing Sheffield United. Hosts Millwall went ahead with a goal from Lee Gregory, but the Blades equalised when David Brooks volleyed from the edge of the six-yard box. The Lions regained the advantage in the second-half thanks to a strike from defender Mahlon Romeo after Sheffield were caught in possession. Jake Cooper then completed the victory when he headed in a free-kick with three minutes left on the clock. Millwall climb one place to 17th in the table and will face another team in top five next weekend when they visit Aston Villa.