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Man Utd's woes continue, Bayern start with win and Ajax stumped at home

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Man Utd's woes continue, Bayern start with win and Ajax stumped at home


Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal warned of a difficult first three months and recently admitted winning the title would take a miracle.

Seemingly realistic statements from the Dutchman after a rocky start to his reign which has seen his men followed up their opening day defeat by Swansea with a draw with Sunderland.

The only table they top at the moment is the injury list table with eight players on the sidelines.

After a seventh-placed finish last term and a sluggish start this time the Old Trafford faithful look destined for another emotionally draining season.

Angel to become a Red Devil

There is a glimmer of light at the end of a gloomy tunnel as a long-running transfer saga looks set to come to an end this week.

Angel Di Maria is set to head to a Manchester United side screaming out for reinforcements of the highest level.

United will have to break the British transfer record in order to get their man from Real Madrid and will most likely not stop there in the final week of the transfer window with more targets expected to be on their way to the north east.

Super Mario

United’s traditional rivals Liverpool have completed the signing of controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

The 24-year-old moves from AC Milan for a fee of 20 million euros.

The former Manchester City player has been brought in to fill the void left by last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez who has moved to Catalan giants Barcelona.

Bayern battle to opening day victory

Having wrapped up the Bundesliga in record time last season Pep Guardiola and his men were keen to carry their momentum into this campaign with a home game against Wolfsburg.

It turned out to be a hard fought victory for the Bavarians.

On 37 minutes Arjen Robben flicked on to Thomas Muller who netted the first goal of the new season.

Robben went from provider to goalscorer himself two minutes after the break to double the deficit.

A resilient Wolfsburg reduced the lead thanks to Ivica Olic but Bayern managed to hold for a 2-1 victory – kick-starting the new campaign on a winning note.

PSV halt Ajax winning streak

Ajax had their stunning run come to an end and on home soil when they lost to PSV Eindhoven.

The reigning champs were hunting their third win from the three opening games this term and got off the mark in the first half through 19-year-old Anwar El Ghazi.

But in a turn of the tides, the second half was all PSV.

Goals from Memphis Depay and Luciano Narsingh around the hour mark got PSV in control and an 86th minute strike from Florian Jozefzoon sealed the win.

It is the first time PSV have beaten the Amsterdam giants in the league since Jan 30, 2008.

PSV have now won all their three opening matches and lead the table on goal difference ahead of PEC Zwolle.

Ajax who were last beaten in the league on 2 November 2013 – are third three points off the pace.

We might be wrong

In this week’s ‘We might be wrong’ we will try our luck at predicting some selected matches across Europe for next weekend.

Send us your predictions and comments, on the social networks, using #TheCornerScores.

In the Serie A, last season’s runners-up Roma kick off the new campaign against Fiorentina and we feel they’ll begin on a winning note and come away with a 2-1 victory.

We predict Bayern Munich will continue their winning start to their Bundesliga title defence and beat Schalke 3-1.

This was a tight one but we feel Benfica will edge past rivals Sporting 3-2 and make it three from three so far this season.

Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.

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