EPL: Liverpool, Man City stroll; United held on Fergie return

Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United lost to Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur in consecutive Premier League games to lose ground on Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester City.

Liverpool have 18 points from their six league games so far, while Chelsea have 15 from five and can draw level with the Reds by beating West Ham on Sunday; Manchester City have 16 points from six games. With eight wins and two draws in their first 10 games Rafael Benitez's men looked to have thrown down the gauntlet as they set about challenging Alex Ferguson's Manchester United but it would be the 11 draws that would be their downfall as they eventually finished second; four points behind the men from Old Trafford. "So, hopefully I'm still healthy".

Champions Man City put their shock home Champions League defeat by Olympique Lyonnais behind them, rebounding with a crushing win at Cardiff kicked off by Sergio Aguero's opener on his 300th appearance for the club. Mahrez came off the bench to add two more after the break, his first goals for the club.

There were no problems for Liverpool, though, who maintained their ideal start to the season with a 3-0 win over Southampton.

The Red Devils have won their last three games in all competitions to bounce back from a hard start to their third season under Jose Mourinho.

According to the former England star, the match will end 2-1 in favour of the Red Devils.

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Ferguson, the patriarch of Old Trafford, received a standing ovation as he took his seat in the stands for the first time since he underwent emergency surgery after a brain haemorrhage in May. From that moment on I considered myself as a Premier League player. "You always think about (the Golden Boot), being a striker", Lukaku said.

"That is the attitude I like my teams to have in every match. They did. That attitude made a difference".

In the early kick-off, Aleksandar Mitrovic's second-half goal rescued a point for Fulham against Watford at Craven Cottage.

Bournemouth's Nathan Ake saw a shot deflected onto the bar but the Clarets took command with two goals in quick succession from Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon shortly before the interval.

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