Obviously each team has only played two matches but Manchester City already find themselves exactly where they want to be; in first place on the EPL table. Although the victory over West Brom last week didn't turn many heads, the Sky Blues put in a top performance to defeat defending champions Chelsea 3-0 at the newly renovated Etihad Stadium. The three goal margin flattered Chelsea; City was clearly the superior team and should have already been two or three goals up inside the first 30 minutes. It was total domination by the Citizens who made their title rivals look poor defensively, continually cutting apart the Chelsea midfield and defence. The Sky Blues have built momentum up and will be hoping to continue to rack-up the early season points.
While one striker from Manchester showed why he is among the best in the world, another showed that he is on an incredibly sharp decline. Before the season began the questions aimed at Manchester United focused on their lack of goal-scoring options. The Red Devils sold Robin van Persie and are yet to bring in another striker, leaving a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney to perform. However, Rooney assured United and their supporters that this would be no issue and was confident his target of 20 league goals would be met. Although, after just two rounds that is looking unlikely.
The United captain has put in two sub-standard performances so far this season. While the match against Spurs was poor, it is Rooney's display against Aston Villa that has United fans concerned. Despite playing as a striker for the full 90 minutes Rooney was toothless in attack. He recorded zero shots, dribbles, and chances created, while also losing possession five times. He managed 43 touches all game but only one of these was in the opposition's penalty box, and that only occurred in the 90th minute when he put the ball out for a throw to save giving up a goal kick.
The signs are not good for Rooney who will have to turn his form around quickly. Fans are already losing patience with him and it will not be long until Louis van Gaal makes a tough call on his captain.
Oh dear. Just two weeks into the 2015/16 season and already Sunderland looks like one of the three teams who will be relegated. Of course the Black Cats have plenty of time to turn things around but it does not seem likely. A 4-2 loss away to Leicester was not the ideal way to open the season, but it would have been forgiven had the team managed to respond with a win in front of their home crowd. However Sunderland failed, badly. A late consolation goal from Duncan Watmore was not enough to mask the glaring issues that were exposed in the 3-1 loss to Norwich City.
The squad appears to be lacking Premier League quality players across the ground, but the defence remains the main issue. New signing Younes Kaboul has not started well, but he is getting no help from Sebastian Coates, Patrick van Aanholt, and Billy Jones - the rest of Sunderland's calamitous back four. Manager Dick Advocaat faces a huge test to see if he can turn things around at the Stadium of Light. It looks like Sunderland, who has dodged relegation for a long time, might have run out of luck this season.
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