10 Premier League talking points as Man Utd thrashed and Chelsea remain on top

We thought we had seen it all in the Premier League.

Another exhilarating weekend has passed by and while the league’s best teams reminded everyone of their brilliance, Manchester United hit a new low.

The Red Devils were humiliated on their own turf by Liverpool, while Chelsea hit Norwich for seven and Manchester City brushed aside high-flying Brighton.

There were important wins for Watford, Arsenal and Leicester, while Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leeds had to settle for home draws.

Here, Mirror Football rounds up all the key talking points from this weekend’s action.

The end for Ole?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under incredible scrutiny as Man Utd boss



Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool

United were 4-0 down against their bitterest rivals at the pause, Sir Alex Ferguson puffed out his cheeks in exasperation and Jurgen Klopp’s men showed mercy at five.

But for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it was the Liverpool supporters tucked away in the corner who provided the most sobering moment.

‘Ole must stay’ and ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ were chorused from the away end on several occasions.

Match going United fans have shown – some would argue – blind optimism in their manager, but he is now making it almost impossible and Sunday was the nadir.

Home supporters who stayed continued singing their hearts out, but no rendition for the Norwegian they hold in such high esteem was telling on a desperate day at Old Trafford.

This might not yet be the death knell for Solskjaer, but with Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea to come in the next four league games, something has to give.

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Historic day for Liverpool

Salah netted a hat-trick at Old Trafford



United’s malaise cannot be ignored and how easy this was for Klopp’s Reds as United’s defence surrendered in a brutal opening 45 minutes.

But just how ruthless were Liverpool in dismantling the Red Devils?

It was the Anfield side’s biggest win over their fiercest rivals since 1925 and they could have scored more.

Mohamed Salah is ending the current ‘best in the world’ debate with his own excellence and he completed his hat-trick barely five minutes after the break.

Klopp’s side preyed on United’s glaring vulnerabilities as they inflicted ultimate humiliation.

A second 5-0 away Premier League victory in a row, and Liverpool are looking very much like title challengers this time round.

Chelsea looking ominous

Mason Mount was brilliant against Norwich

Chelsea 7-0 Norwich

There is the adage that no game is easy in England’s demanding top flight, but Norwich at home represents the biggest ‘gimme’ in recent memory.

Even so, Chelsea did their job in style at Stamford Bridge as they retained their place at the summit.

No Romelu Lukaku, no problem. Mason Mount netted a fine hat-trick, Ben Chilwell was on the scoresheet again and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored as the Blues hit seven.

Thomas Tuchel’s European champions are looking ominous right now but much tougher tests are to come.

Farke’s forlorn Canaries

It was a horror show for Norwich at Stamford Bridge


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Not even the most optimistic Norwich fans would have given their side much hope against Chelsea but the way the Canaries succumbed in west London was pitiful.

Chelsea scored seven but this mimicked a training exercise as Daniel Farke’s side offered no fight after the game had got away from them.

Norwich have two points from nine Premier League games and even securing a win at this stage appears a thankless task for their German boss.

It seems absurd to suggest a club is already doomed before November, but few would disagree with that notion on Saturday lunchtime’s evidence.

Foden the master of all trades

Phil Foden scored twice for City against Brighton

Brighton 1-4 Man City

It doesn’t matter where Phil Foden plays when he can master every position.

The 21-year-old again assumed the false nine role and found the net twice as Manchester City brushed aside Brighton.

A trip to the seaside to face Graham Potter’s in-form side was supposed to be fraught with danger but Pep Guardiola’s men raced into a 3-0 lead and didn’t look back.

“Some players play in one position, some play football,” Guardiola said about Foden at the Amex.

“The question is it doesn’t matter where he plays, he plays good. It doesn’t matter.”

There is no ceiling to this young player’s potential and we have a three-team title race on our hands.

Magnificent Maddison

Maddison is nearing his best for the Foxes


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Brentford 1-2 Leicester

Are we finally seeing James Maddison get back to his best? Leicester fans will hope so.

The Foxes secured an important 2-1 away win over impressive newcomers Brentford and the playmaker slotted into an empty net for the winner.

It was Maddison’s first goal since February and he is now playing with the confidence he has been lacking during a poor year.

Maddison’s form dipped so much that he wasn’t even considered for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships.

But the shackles are now off for the midfielder and Brendan Rodgers can benefit after bringing him back into the team.

King haunts old club

Josh King scored a hat-trick on his return to Goodison Park


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Everton 2-5 Watford

Liverpool’s Old Trafford annihilation was remarkable but Watford pummeling five at Goodison Park rivals it for most surprising scoreline of the weekend.

Claudio Ranieiri’s side were woeful against Liverpool but scored four goals in the final quarter on Merseyside.

The ‘tinkerman’ earned his crust with game-changing substitutions in a dramatic turnaround from 2-1 to the Toffees.

It was haunting for the home fans to see Josh King net the match-winning hat-trick.

King had a point to prove after 11 Everton loan appearances that didn’t bear fruit last season and what an afternoon he had with three clinical finishes.

And undoubtedly the stat of the weekend; Watford’s last five Premier League away wins have all come under different managers.

Irons dig deep

Antonio celebrates scoring the West Ham winner

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

Michail Antonio scored yet again against his favourite opponents to settle the London derby.

This wasn’t vintage from David Moyes’ side but the gritty nature of the victory will prove just as satisfying for the Scot.

Antonio was faster to react than Harry Kane for the winning goal, and the Hammers were dogged with Declan Rice outstanding.

West Ham are now in the top four and their early season momentum does not look like fading.

Tottenham, meanwhile, hired a manager they had previously overlooked in the summer and it is already looking like a marriage that might not work out.

Super Smith Rowe

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates scoring the third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa had admirable ambition to sign Emile Smith Rowe before he penned a new deal at the Emirates and it’s clear to see why.

Mikel Arteta survived the point of no return and a convincing Friday night victory once again lifted morale.

Effervescent Smith Rowe was in the thick of it and added the decisive third goal while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also impressed.

Arsenal are enigmatic and the challenge for Arteta is to yield the same performance from Smith Rowe and co. against Leicester on Saturday.

Vieira the draw king

Wilson rescued a point for Newcastle against Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Patrick Vieira has already dispelled plenty of myths as Crystal Palace boss but fans at Selhurst Park must wonder what the Frenchman’s side have to do to get over the line.

The Eagles have now drawn their last four games after Callum Wilson’s acrobatic effort spared Newcastle.

Vieira has Palace dominating possession but that is not translating into goals and victories.

It’s encouraging for supporters that the Eagles are difficult to beat, but they must find a way of effectively utilising their speedy attackers to overcome the opposition.

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