The 2011-2012 Barclays Premier league season is under way with Manchester City, Bolton, Manchester United and Wolves claiming the only wins.

Despite the glut of draws on the opening weekend we saw controversy, stunning strikes and Wayne Rooney’s new hair.

…with a superb individual effort…

Title favourites Manchester United played well away to West Brom. Rooney opened the scoring with a superb individual effort, only for new United keeper David de Gea to allow a tame shot from Shane Long get underneath him, gifting the home side the equaliser.

Up stepped Ashley Young to end a superb jinking run with a deflected shot into Ben Foster’s net and give Sir Alex’s men a 2-1 victory.

…unveiled £38 million signing Sergio Aguero… 

Across Manchester, City unveiled £38 million signing Sergio Aguero to great effect. The second half substitute came on and scored two and set up one to complete his adaptation to English football in a matter of minutes.

The 4-0 drubbing meant league newcomers Swansea City had a nasty welcome to the big league, but did show some promise in the opening half.

…QPR were also swept aside…

Fellow newcomers this season, QPR were also swept aside by ever improving Bolton 4-0. Cahill, Gabbidon, Klasnic and Muamba gave the away side the convincing score line.  Norwich City however earned a 1-1 draw with Wigan. Watson scored a penalty to give the Latics the lead before Hoolahan earned Paul Lambert’s side their first point of the season.

New Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas’s debut in the Premier League was a goalless draw at Stoke. Flop of last season Fernando Torres picked up the Man of the Match award after showing real potency and drive upfront, something Chelsea fans will be thrilled to see, and goals really do not seem far away for the Spaniard.

…scored a stunning volley to equalise…

Kenny Daglish’s Liverpool earned a 1-1 draw with Sunderland, new signings Jordan Henderson, Stuart Downing and Charlie Adam all made their first official appearances for the club. After missing a penalty Suarez gave his side the lead before Larsson scored a stunning volley to equalise. Both teams looked like time is needed to gel and get players back from injury before they hit their top form.

Arsenal and Newcastle United’s 0-0 draw was livened up by the 22 man brawl sparked by figure head of controversy Joey Barton. A Gervinho dive saw Barton grab the Ivorian by the throat and pull him off the ground. A scrap amongst most of the players on both sides resulted in the Arsenal new boy clawing Barton in the face and being sent off on his debut. The Newcastle midfielder escaped with only a yellow.

…played out an uninspiring 0-0…

Elsewhere Wolves fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 against Blackburn thanks to goals from Fletcher and Ward. Aston Villa and Fulham played out an uninspiring 0-0 at Craven Cottage, but both clubs new managers will be pleased with their defensive displays.

Image courtesy of the Barclays Premier League

 

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