Talking points: Three games, three clean sheets, seven points. Not a terrible start for a United side that have been expensively overhauled under Louis van Gaal. Unfortunately, there is a problem: This United side have only scored twice in league play -- and one of those was an own-goal. Now, Wayne Rooney did have a goal questionably called off early for offside vs. Newcastle, but that doesn’t erase the fact that the next 85 minutes were barren for United against a Magpies side not known for their tenacity in the back. United looked like a team that really could have used a Pedro (gone to Chelsea) or Thomas Muller (seemingly settled at Bayern) or, well, any one of a half-dozen mooted strikers. Time is running out in the transfer market as well.
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Bournemouth’s big Premier League moment
Talking points: It’s likely to be a long year for Eddie Howe and the Cherries. They are a hard-working and slick-passing side that are easy to love -- but also look a cut below most comers in this very difficult league. On Saturday, the underdogs triumphed, racking up their first-ever top-flight win behind a hat-trick from Callum Wilson. It was nervy, it was sloppy, but it was also totally deserved against a West Ham side that looked as if they had forgotten how to defend. The Cherries are unlikely to win many more games if they keep allowing two-goal leads to slip, but it’s hard not to smile at this weekend's result.
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Have West Ham sacrificed too much for Slaven Bilic?
Talking points: Hammers fans said a lot of things about their former manager; the team was too defensive, too boring, and unbefitting of a side that fancies itself as the “Academy of Football.” Those fans got what they wanted -- Sam Allardyce is now off their touchline, and into a TV studio for the time being. And this month they are finding out that one should be careful what one wishes for. "Big Sam" won games, and he kept things tight. Boring? Maybe. But it’s preferable to the shambles seen at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, with the central defense looking porous, and the team already racking up red cards with two in just three games.
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Leicester look like the real deal under Claudio Ranieri
Talking points: Two games and two wins had the Foxes in an unlikely position: Atop the Premier League table. But those wins had come against sorry West Ham and a very bad Sunderland side. Surely things would change against Tottenham? Well, yes and no. Riyad Mahrez kept the Foxes’ unbeaten start alive with an immediate reply to nick a 1-1 draw. It was the Algerian’s fourth goal of the year and it came in heart-stopping fashion after what, frankly, had been a snooze of a match. But, after young Dele Alli seemed to have stolen a win for Spurs, Mahrez came right down the field and put the goal of the day past Hugo Lloris. Leicester nearly went on to win the match as well, with Lloris stopping Wes Morgan moments later. It might be time to start considering the Foxes as contenders.
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Crystal Palace collect the spoils ahead of rough stretch
Talking points: Alan Pardew’s side have not been world-beaters at home, losing seven of their last 12 games at Selhurst, but they got a valuable three points over an Aston Villa side sinking deeper into crisis despite not playing very well at all. Shaking off a disjointed first half, an own-goal and a correctly disallowed goal that took the refs some time to sort out, Palace went through the gears late and saw debutant Bakary Sako nab the late winner. It’s early days yet but under Pardew, the Eagles do look like a team able to win games even when they play poorly. But some big games loom. After a League Cup tie next Tuesday, Palace face Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs in the next three matches.