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  • Pep Guardiola was delighted with Kevin De Bruyne's efforts against Bournemouth (AAP)Source: AAP
A stumbling Manchester United and a perfect start from Manchester City lead the talking points from the weekend.
By
Jim Files

19 Sep 2016 - 12:37 PM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2016 - 1:28 PM

City’s perfect start

Manchester city maintained their perfect record in the Premier League this season with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth. City are now five wins out of five in the Premier League and eight out of eight in all competitions after a sensational start to the season. Kevin De Bruyne was at the heart of everything against Bournemouth with his passing and vision a highlight. City manager Pep Guardiola praised his midfielder after the match, “The performance from Kevin was terrific, amazing,” he said. “He is on another level. He is a fantastic player and helps us a lot.” The only negative for City was a red card for Nolito after a confrontation with Adam Smith.

West Ham defensive woes

West Ham United conceded four goals for the second week in a row as they slumped to their fourth defeat of the season. West Brom raced out to a 4-0 lead at the Hawthorns before West Ham pegged two back but couldn’t manage to overcome the deficit. Nacer Chadli was terrific for West Brom in his home debut scoring twice and also adding two assists. West Ham’s defensive troubles continued despite having more possession and shots than their opponents. The Hammers have conceded two or more goals in 12 of their last 15 Premier League matches and now sit in the relegation zone.

United stumbling

Manchester United fell to their second league defeat in a row as Watford beat the Red Devils 3-1 at Vicarage Road. After winning their opening three games, United now sit 7th on the table after defeats to Manchester City and Watford. United boss Jose Mourinho has now lost 11 of his past 21 games in charge of United and Chelsea. Etienne Capoue continued his wonderful start to the season scoring his fourth goal from just five shots on target so far this season.

Everton go 2nd

Everton climbed to second on the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park. Everton conceded a controversial goal as Boro striker Negredo made contact with Stekelenberg forcing the Everton keeper to drop the ball into his own net. Everton then scored three goals before half time in a fantastic attacking display. Gareth Barry scored in his 600th Premier League appearance, the third man to reach the milestone after Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard. 12 points from a possible 15 is Everton’s best start to the season in the Premier League.

Stoke struggling

Stoke City sit bottom of the table with just one point from their opening five games after losing to Crystal Palace 4-1 on the weekend. It’s the third time Stoke have conceded four goals this season and the sixth time in their last 11 Premier League games. The Potters have struggled without their first choice goalkeeper Jack Butland, winning just one of the 12 league games he has missed through injury. Stoke manager Mark Hughes guided his team to three ninth placed finishes in a row in his first three years at the club but could find himself under pressure if Stoke can’t turn their form around soon.