Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


Debutants made an impact on their first outings but not some did far better than others on the opening weekendIt is unfair to pick out one player from Manchester United’s dire opening display under Erik ten Hag but Lisandro Martínez seriously struggled against Brighton. These are, of course, the earliest of days for the new centre-back but he will have to learn fast. The diminutive Argentinian is a footballer the manager knows well but there are question marks over his stature. There will be serial aerial bombardment this season of the type he failed to deal with against Brighton, with Danny Welbeck rising highest above him when missing a close-range header in the second half. Martínez might also have conceded a penalty when bundling over the same player in a performance that did nothing to suggest the 24-year-old can help plug United’s leaky rearguard. Jamie JacksonMatch report: Manchester United 1-2 BrightonMatch report: Fulham 2-2 LiverpoolMatch report: West Ham 0-2 Manchester CityMatch report: Crystal Palace 0-2 ArsenalMatch report: Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham ForestMatch report: Tottenham 4-1 SouthamptonMatch report: Everton 0-1 Chelsea Continue reading...