Premier League stats: David Silva, Virgil van Dijk & late drama at Old Trafford
The Premier League returned in scintillating sort this weekend, with a huge sequence of talking parts across the tip flight.
There became once late drama at Feeble Trafford, a landmark look for a Manchester Metropolis memoir and a rare lapse – within the event that you just might additionally call it that – by a Liverpool defender.
BBC Sport takes a survey on the weekend’s key stats.
Van Aanholt turns tables on United
Late winners in entrance of the Stretford Stop were a overall prevalence all the way by Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26-year, trophy-encumbered tenure at Manchester United.
Under the Scot, the Pink Devils were eminent for their skill to score late, recreation-changing dreams in entrance of their very derive fans. At Feeble Trafford on Saturday, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet stumbled on themselves on the receiving discontinuance of this form of strike.
Daniel James regarded as if it will derive earned United a point with a polished equaliser within the 89th minute, handiest for Patrick van Aanholt to score four minutes later to clinchPalace’s first build conclude on the Theatre Of Needs since 1989.
Remarkably, the Dutchman is handiest the 2nd player to score a stoppage-time winner in opposition to United within the Premier League, and the vital to enact so at Feeble Trafford.
Thierry Henry became once the last man to secure a winner in stoppage time in opposition to the Manchester membership within the league, scoring in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium in January 2007.
Feeble Coventry Metropolis forward Darren Huckerby and ex-Southampton striker James Beattie derive also netted late winning dreams in opposition to the Pink Devils, however both avid gamers struck sooner than the discontinuance of the 90 minutes.
|Late dreams v Manchester United within the Premier League|
|Date||Minute of purpose||Participant||Opposition||Closing score|
|24 August 2019||90||Patrick van Aanholt||Crystal Palace (h)||1-2|
|21 January 2007||90||Thierry Henry||Arsenal (a)||2-1|
|7 April 2007||89||Rio Ferdinand (OG)||Portsmouth (a)||2-1|
|28 December 1997||88||Darren Huckerby||Coventry Metropolis (a)||3-2|
|31 August 2003||88||James Beattie||Southampton (a)||1-0|
400 and counting for Silva
Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola unbiased recently printed he notion David Silvawould battle within the Premier Leagueafter joining the membership from Valencia in 2010.
“He’s tiny, quite player, now not a box-to-box player and my image of England from the out of doorways, I believed ‘presumably he’ll suffer’,” acknowledged Guardiola, the man who handed Silva his 400th competitive Metropolis look in Sunday’s victory at Bournemouth.
The diminutive Spaniard is sincere the 14th varied player to attain that landmark for the membership, and the vital since Paul Energy within the 1980s.
Having accomplished double figures for dreams and assists in both of the last two campaigns, Silva registered his 2nd and third assists of the season inMetropolis’s 3-1 victory at Vitality Stadium.
He has 85 assists within the Premier League, surpassing Liverpool’s James Milner (83) in seventh train.
“He played incredibly nicely,” acknowledged Guardiola. “David, in this roughly recreation, with a defence so deep and with such few areas, is so factual. He’s one in every of presumably the most tantalizing avid gamers I’ve ever viewed.”
Since his arrival extra than 9 years ago, the 33-year-former has been presumably the most inventive player within the division, registering extra assists (85) and developing extra potentialities (747) than another player. No one else within the Premier League has managed extra than 60 assists in that time.
Who would derive notion it, eh Pep?
|David Silva at Manchester Metropolis (all comps)|
|Season||Appearances||Minutes played||Targets||Assists||Purpose involvements|
Pukki & Sterling glance August file
Silva’s employees-mate Raheem Sterling persisted his prolific birth to the season on the south amble, scoring Metropolis’s 2nd purpose after a gorgeous glide from the Spaniard.
The England forward now has 5 dreams this season, putting him level on the tip of the purpose-scoring charts with Teemu Pukki, who netted his fifth of the campaign inNorwich’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.
No player has ever scored extra than six Premier League dreams within the month of August, however with Metropolis and Norwich returning to league motion on the supreme day of the month, both avid gamers derive an various to destroy that file.
The champions welcome Brighton to Etihad Stadium on Saturday 31 August (15:00 BST), whereas the Canaries face West Ham at London Stadium on the same time.
Feeble Celtic and Schalke forward Pukki can be handiest the 2nd player, after ex-Fulham frontman Pavel Pogrebnyak, to score 5 dreams in his first three Premier League appearances.
|Most Premier League dreams in August in a single season|
Chelsea kids advance up trumps
Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea facet persisted a complicated birth to the campaign, a heavy loss at Feeble Trafford and a residence draw with Leicester Metropolis coming both facet of a penalty shootout defeat by Liverpool within the Uefa Monumental Cup.
On the proof of the Blues’ vibrant and energetic showcase in opposition to Norwich, however, Lampard’s faith in his kids might well yet derive fruit this season.
Homegrown kids Tammy Abraham (2) and Mason Mount got the dreams at Carrow Avenue to arrangement Lampard his first build conclude since changing Maurizio Sarri in June.
Chelsea’s line-up had an moderate age of 24 years and 208 days – their youngest within the tip flight since February 1994.
Feeble Swansea Metropolis and Aston Villa striker Abraham grew to develop into the youngest Chelsea player to score twice in a Premier League fixture since 1998, and the third youngest overall within the division after Brand Nicholls and Eddie Newton.
Mount, who also netted within the1-1 draw with Leicester, is the vital Englishman venerable 21 or below to score in consecutive Premier League appearances for Chelsea since Carlton Cole in April 2003.
Saturday’s build conclude became once also the vital recreation wherein two English avid gamers venerable 21 or below scored within the same league recreation for the Blues since 22 August 1992, when Newton and Graham Stuart were heading within the sincere direction in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday.
|Youngest Chelsea starting XI within the Premier League|
|12 February 1994||Oldham Athletic (a)||24y 190d||L 2-1|
|28 December 1993||Newcastle United (h)||24y 196d||W 1-0|
|1 January 1994||Swindon Town (a)||24y 200d||W 3-1|
|3 January 1994||Everton (h)||24y 202d||W 4-2|
|24 August 2019||Norwich Metropolis (a)||24y 208d||W 3-2|
Van Dijk sooner or later overwhelmed (form of)
A Champions League winner, PFA player of the year and odds-on favourite to construct conclude the Ballon d’Or, Virgil van Dijk became once arguably Liverpool’s most major player last season as Jurgen Klopp’s facet narrowly disregarded out on Premier League glory sooner thanwinning their sixth European crown in Madrid.
Now now not handiest did the Dutchman create section of a defence that conceded handiest 22 league dreams – the bottom quantity in any of Europe’s top 5 leagues – he became once also presumably the most tantalizing player to play extra than 1,000 minutes in these divisions without being dribbled past.
Could anybody win past the previous Celtic and Southampton man this season? Step forward Nicolas Pepe, who on Saturday grew to develop into the vital player since Newcastle United’s Mikel Merino in 2018 to dribble past the 28-year-former in a Premier League match.
It mattered diminutive, even though, as Joel Matip’s header and a brace from Mohamed Salah earned Jurgen Klopp’s prices a3-1 build concludewhich maintains their winning birth to the campaign.