Takeaways from Matchweek Four in the Premier League

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The Guardian

Hunter Firment, Assistant Sports Editor

 1. Aston Villa did WHAT?

The surprise of the weekend was a wild 7-2 victory for Aston Villa over reigning Premier League Champions Liverpool, who came into the match unbeaten. Villa’s duo of box-to-box midfielder Jack Grealish and young forward Ollie Watkins stole the show as the Villans extended their superb and surprising start to the new season. They have won all three of their games, with the most recent being this dominant performance against Liverpool. You have to also worry about the state of Liverpool’s squad after this demoralizing loss, especially considering they are set to square off in a much-anticipated Merseyside Derby against Everton, who looks absolutely unbeatable at the moment. But this match was not about Liverpool and their demise, no. This match was about the public being formally introduced to the new-look Aston Villa side that battled tooth and nail for their Premier League lives just months ago. The only team above them in the table currently is that aforementioned Everton squad. That is great company, albeit the Premier League season is still very young. 

2. Harry Maguire (and most of the Man United squad) is not good

After a second-minute penalty goal from Bruno Fernandes, things turned horrific for Manchester United on Sunday. Just a couple minutes after that goal, the Spurs went right down the pitch and got their equalizer off a terrible headed clearance from United center-back Harry Maguire, and a muddle in the box that saw a ball dribble out to Spurs midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a one-time finish. Maguire and his left-back partner Luke Shaw almost seemed to be fighting each other for the ball, as Maguire pulled Shaw’s arm back in an attempt to regain possession in the penalty area. Then, just three minutes later, Spurs winger Heung-min Son scored a second for the men from North London. The goal came from a quick free-kick following a foul on… you guessed it, Harry Maguire. About twenty minutes later, Anthony Martial was wrongly sent off after an altercation with Spurs’ Eric Lamela, which sent the match into a downward spiraling nightmare for the Red Devils of Manchester. They conceded four more goals in the match to lose 6-1, and are in desperate need of placing this match in the back of their memories as they move on with this season. 

3. Leeds continues to impress

Leeds United, I mean, woah. I find myself writing about them week in and week out, and for good reason. They have taken the Premier League by storm in their first season back in over a decade. Many felt that after their first batch of good results, they would come back down to earth against Manchester City and look more like a relegation-battle side. But the truth of the matter is that Leeds is closer in talent to the top of the table than to the bottom. And that was evident in their 1-1 draw with City. Although the Cityzens dominated the match in total shots (23 to Leeds’ 12), Leeds looked like the better side for large portions of the game and I would argue, were much more dangerous. The lads from West Yorkshire had more shots on goal (seven to City’s two) and were brilliant again on Saturday. This weekend’s standout was recently-signed forward Rodrigo Moreno, who came off the bench and scored the tying goal. If Leeds can continue this run of form, and get goals from a variety of places like they have, they could easily find themselves on the top half of the table near the end of the season. This is an exciting place for a club with such a rich history, especially as they look to make more this year.