Premier League recap: Manchester United’s defensive shambles costs them dearly at Brighton

The second round of games in the new Premier League season produced plenty of talking points for fans across the country.

Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion was the weekend’s most surprising result and will have done little to improve manager Jose Mourinho’s mood.

The United boss has made it clear that he was unhappy with the club’s transfer business this summer and it wasn’t difficult to see why at the Amex Stadium.

The Red Devils looked awful defensively and their failure to bring in a top-class centre-half could seriously undermine their hopes of winning silverware this season.

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof were poor at the heart of United’s defence, and the pair’s form appears to be having a negative impact on goalkeeper David de Gea’s performances.

A switch to three at the back could be the answer for United in the short term, but Ed Woodward’s inability to deliver Mourinho’s chosen transfer targets looks a major blunder at this point.

The result saw United pushed out in the betting to win the Premier League, but it’s still far too early to write them off and this great new SkyBet offer can help punters take advantage of what appears extremely generous odds, particularly if Mourinho finds a way to shore up his defence.

Elsewhere this weekend, Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick helped reigning champions Manchester City make short work of Huddersfield Town.

City are already top of the table after just two games and could take some stopping in this sort of form.

Chelsea made it two wins out of two with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Arsenal. Marcos Alonso’s 81st-minute goal was the difference between the two sides, but neither manager will be happy with the way their respective teams defended.

Watford, Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth complete the quintet of clubs who have a 100% record after two games.

The Hornets ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at Burnley, while Spurs triumphed by the same scoreline at home to Fulham. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth took advantage of West Ham United’s lacklustre midfield to win 2-1 at the London Stadium.

Everton and Leicester City also recorded victories over Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, while Cardiff City and Newcastle United fought out a dour 0-0 draw.

Crystal Palace and Liverpool will round off the second week of fixtures when they meet on Monday. The two sides both picked up three points on the opening weekend of the season, but the Reds are strongly fancied to come out on top at Selhurst Park.

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