Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United reign began with a disappointing 2-1 defeat by Swansea at Old Trafford. Ki Sung-yeung and Gylfi Sigurdsson both struck to hand Wayne Rooney’s team-mates their first opening-day loss at home since 1972.
Manchester City on the other hand couldn’t have asked for a better start at St James’ Park. Manuel Pellegrini’s side started their title defense with a convincing 2-0 win over Newcastle thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Monaco’s poor start worsens
Monaco’s poor start to the season continued on Sunday as they lost 4-1 at Bordeaux for their second straight defeat in Ligue 1. This win sees Willy Sagnol’s men move top of the table thanks to a better goal difference over Saint Etienne.
Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain earned their first win of the season in the French league by defeating Bastia 2-0 on Saturday. The result was overshadowed by the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who appeared to strain a muscle early in the game.
Ajax extend winning streak
Mission accomplished for Frank de Boer as Ajax maintained their perfect start to the season with a convincing 3-1 win over AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.
Following on from their 4-1 win against Vitesse last weekend, the visitors, took the lead on 15 minutes thanks to Davy Klaassen but AZ soon equalised with a clinical finish from Steven Berghuis.
With only 21 minutes remaining, Ajax were back in front again thanks to a fine effort from Lass Schoene before Frank de Boer’s men sealed the win in the dying moments as El Ghazi drove the ball home from the edge of the penalty area to earn his side all three points.
The Aaron Ramsey curse?
A curse linking Premier League footballer Aaron Ramsey to the death of celebrities appears to have ended. For those who strongly believed in the 23-year-old’s superpowers, you might find this next story reassuring.
Ever since Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored his first senior goal, a succession of weird coincidences have followed him during his career in the past four years.
The Welshman’s goals for the Gunners tend to precede the death of well-known global figures. Well that’s the theory, anyway with the likes of Whitney Houston, Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs and Colonel Ghadafi all passing away shortly after Ramsey found the back of the net.
The Gunner struck again against Crystal Palace on Saturday and nobody famous died.. Has the Ramsey curse finally come to an end or were these unfortunate coincidences highlighted to fill column inches and internet blogs? You decide.
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