LONDON: Manchester United hit more problems in losing 3-1 to West Ham in East London in the Premier League’s early weekend match.
With 10 points from seven games this is United’s poorest start to a season since 2013 under David Moyes. Chile forward Alexis Sanchez was a surprise absentee from the matchday squad.
Mourinho blamed the officials for allowing both West Ham’s first two goals and promised a “better start” on Tuesday in the Champions League at home to Valencia.
Felipe Anderson opened the scoring for the hosts after five and their lead was doubled before the break after Andriyt Yarmolenko’s shot deflected in off Victor Lindelof.
Substitute Marcus Rashford, returning from suspension, pulled one back before Hammers’ star Marco Arnautovic, returning from injury, made it three with 15 minutes remaining to secure West Ham’s first home league victory of the campaign.
Arnautovic has contributed nine goals and seven assists in 21 games this year.
The result exacerbated a nightmare week for United manager Jose Mourinho. He stripped Paul Pogba of his vice-captaincy on the eve of the home League Cup defeat to novice manager Frank Lampard’s second division Derby County on penalties.
Pogba was one of the United players substituted though Mourinbho insisted the French World Cup winner had been “trying hard.”
Daniel Sturridge’s stunning strike ensured Liverpool avoided a second defeat to Chelsea in four days in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard, the match-winner in Wednesday’s League Cup clash at Anfield, had looked like inflicting the Reds’ first league loss in seven games.
Missed opportunities from Mohamed Salah, his replacement Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino had looked like being costly.
But former Blues striker Sturridge had other ideas, curling a fine effort into the top corner two minutes after coming on as a substitute for James Milner.
Sturridge has scored 17 Premier League goals as a sub – only Olivier Giroud (19) and Jermain Defoe (24) have scored more off the bench in the history of the competition.
Although the Reds could not build on six wins in six games – their best start in 28 years – Jurgen Klopp will be content with extending their unbeaten run.
Liverpool’s most recent title success came in 1989-90 and Chelsea supporters reminded the visitors of recent near misses, singing about Steven Gerrard’s slip in April 2014 which effectively ended the Reds’ title challenge.
Liverpool thus remain unbeaten in their opening seven matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2008-09 while Hazard is the league’s top scorer with six goals from just nine shots on target.
This was the 38th home league game in which Eden Hazard has scored and he has never ended on the losing side in any of those games (W34 D4 L0).
Arsenal made it seven wins in a row in all competitions with late goals helping them to a 2-0 victory over Watford.
Second-best for parts of the contest, Unai Emery’s side survived a number of scares and an injury to goalkeeper Petr Cech before securing the points late on.
An 81st-minute Craig Cathcart own goal saw the hosts hit the front before Mesut Ozil tucked home just two minutes later to secure the points as the north Londoners continue to gather pace under Emery’s leadership.
Watford are winless in three league matches after an encouraging start to the season.
Watford’s defeat made space for Tottenham to move into the top four with a routine 2-0 win at struggling Huddersfield, whose winless Premier League start extended to seven matches.
Harry Kane headed home against the run of play midway through the first period and converted a 34th-minute penalty as Mauricio Pochettino’s side took control before cruising to their fourth league win on the road this season.
It was more of the same medicine after the meeting of these teams at the John Smith’s Stadium last season when Kane struck twice in a 4-0 win for Tottenham.
Huddersfield have failed to score in their last six home league games – four of them this season – to equal a club record set during the 1971/72 season when they were last relegated from the top flight.
Spurs will now switch their focus to their Champions League group stage clash in Barcelona next week.
Manchester City began an important week with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Brighton.
Goals in the 29th and 65th minutes from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero earned City the three points in a game where they had 80 per cent possession and 28 shots to Brighton’s four.
City head to Hoffenheim on Tuesday needing a victory to ignite their Champions League challenge following the shock loss to Lyon before next Sunday’s much-anticipated clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Marco Silva’s Everton ended a four-match winless run with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Goodison Park.
Gylfi Sigurdsson atoned for an earlier penalty miss with a second-half double.
The Iceland playmaker had blasted a 52nd-minute spot-kick against the bar but four minutes later he drilled home the opener from the edge of the box then grabbed his second late on after substitute Cenk Tosun had sealed the points for the hosts.
If Toffees boss Silva cut a relieved figure at the final whistle he will still be aware his side still failed to entirely convince, and could have faced more frustration had Ryan Sessegnon not hit a first-half chance against the bar.
Sessegnon raced onto a low cross-field ball from Jean Michael Serri and cut into the box, where he lashed a shot against the underside of the woodwork from a tight angle.
It had marked an encouraging end to the first period for the struggling visitors, who had produced a dogged defensive performance to soak up Everton’s sporadic attacks and grew into the game as the half wore on.
Newcastle’s winless start to the season continued as Claude Puel’s Leicester won 2-0 at St James’ Park.
Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire teamed up to condemn Rafa Benitez’s side to a fifth Premier League defeat of the season as owner Mike Ashley saw for himself the trouble his club is in.
Vardy’s first-half penalty and Maguire’s header after the break secured their third win in succession on Tyneside, with Ashley among a crowd of 51,523 for the first time since May 2017.
The sportswear magnate witnessed in graphic detail the problems his transfer policy has created with the Magpies’ decision not to invest in a proven goalscorer coming back to haunt them as chances went begging.
Kenedy, arguably their most creative player, had to line up at left-back with Paul Dummett injured and no other specialist in the squad.
Ashley, who had arrived at the stadium hours after a report claimed former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is attempting to raise finances to launch a takeover bid, headed home with television cameras having captured him smiling as sections of the home fans sang “Get out of our club” and “Stand up if you hate Ashley”.
Substitute Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonathan Castro scored for Wolves against Southampton to secure a third win of the season for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Substitute Cavaleiro had been on the pitch just 94 seconds before he scored his first Premier League goal.
Otto then wrapped up the win with three minutes left to lift Wolves up to eighth in the table.
Southampton, who sit 15th, will be aggrieved they missed out on a point, though, having more than held their own in a game which looked destined to end goalless.
Alex McCarthy saved well from Otto and Raul Jimenez while Rui Patricio denied Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong.
It was hardly a classic performance from Wolves but the late strikes continued their fine return to the top flight with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side having lost just once.