Greenwood joins Man Utd’s top flight as Spurs slip again
The Premier League made its comeback this weekend, and there was no shortage of drama on Sunday.
It was a tail of turnovers throughout the four matches – three teams coming in from behind to win while Newcastle United and Tottenham played a 2-2 draw upside down.
Manchester United needed a late goal to knock out Brighton and Hove Albion, while Southampton and Aston Villa came out with victories.
United have now taken 95 points in the Premier League after conceding the opening goal, seven more than any other team in the history of the competition and, using data from Opta, we take a closer look at the best facts from the matches of the daytime.
Southampton 3-2 Burnley: Ings puts former club at the edge of the sword in thrilling retaliation
Southampton claimed their first home Premier League win since their opener in 2021 as they came from two goals to beat Burnley 3-2, ending a streak of five league games at St. Mary’s without victory (D1 L4).
The Saints hadn’t won a league game they led by two goals since March 2016, when they beat Liverpool under Ronald Koeman, but Danny Ings inspired the turnaround against his former club.
After scoring Stuart Armstrong’s goal, Ings became only the fourth player in Premier League history to score in four successive appearances against sides he previously played in the competition, following Robbie Keane in 2004, Jermain Defoe in 2009 and Wilfried Bony in 2017.
It was Nathan Redmond who then struck the decisive blow, catching the cross from Theo Walcott with a volley after Nick Pope brilliantly denied Ings a second.
Redmond has been directly involved in five goals in his last two games for Southampton (three goals and two assists), as many direct implications in goals as he had recorded in his previous 30 appearances in all competitions.
Chris Wood gave Burnley the lead from a VAR penalty – the 100th top-flight shot this season and the 83rd to be converted. This is only the seventh Premier League campaign to see a century of penalties.
Newcastle United 2-2 Tottenham: Kane fails to double enough as Spurs let another lead slip away
Tottenham looked set to make the top-four as they led 2-1 at Newcastle – Harry Kane’s brace gave them the advantage after Joelinton maintained his scoring form against Spurs; he has now scored a total of four Premier League goals in 62 appearances, including two in four appearances against the North London side.
Kane has been directly involved in 45 goals in all competitions this quarter, scoring 29 times and providing 16 assists, tying his career best total of 2017-18 (41 goals and four assists).
He has also scored 84 goals in 120 away Premier League games for Spurs, the most road goals a player has scored for a single club in the competition, surpassing Wayne Rooney’s 82 for Manchester United.
Still, his efforts weren’t enough – Joe Willock saved a point for relegation-battling Newcastle, who drew three consecutive Premier League games at St. James’ Park for the first time in another series of three games spanning December 2017 and January 2018.
Tottenham have lost four points to Newcastle this season, their record in a single-team campaign since also losing four points to Arsenal and West Brom in 2015-16, while Spurs have failed to win six Premier League games after leading at half-time, the most of all teams in 2020-21.
Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham: history was made at Villa Park before Cottagers collapsed
Sunday’s clash between Aston Villa and Fulham was the first game in Premier League history in which every player in the starting XI of both teams was born after the very first Premier League game on August 15, 1992.
Although Dean Smith has said he will be available, Jack Grealish was not in the Villa squad and Fulham hit forward thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic, who – after 159 days and 23 scoreless games for the club and the country – has now scored six times in the past 12 days, five times for Serbia and once for the Cottagers.
Yet only Southampton (18) and Brighton (20) have lost more points in winning Premier League positions this season than Fulham (16) after Scott Parker’s third last collapsed.
Trezeguet scored a quick brace – his two goals just 160 seconds apart. The Egypt international had previously attempted more shots without scoring than any other Premier League player this season (29).
Ollie Watkins used his first league goal in eight games, ending an 18 scoreless streak in the competition from the net against Arsenal in February.
Manchester United 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion: Greenwood match winner in elite company
Only Wayne Rooney (15) and Marcus Rashford (13) have scored more Premier League goals as teenagers for United than Mason Greenwood (12), who struck late to complete the Old Trafford turnaround.
Former Red Devil Danny Welbeck opened the scoring in Sunday’s final game – he became the first player to score up to three Premier League goals against United after playing for the club in the competition.
The 2020-21 season is only the second to see two players who have previously played for Manchester United in the Premier League score against them (Wilfried Zaha and Welbeck), as well as the 1997-98 campaign, when Dion Dublin and Mark Hughes l ‘did. .
But United have now gained 25 points from losing positions this quarter, nine more than any other team, while Brighton remain winless at Old Trafford in 13 attempts in all competitions (D2 L11).
Rashford – who has only scored more league goals (five) against Leicester City than against the Seagulls – equalized after being coached by Bruno Fernandes, who was directly involved in five goals in three Premier League appearances against Brighton .