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Week five of the English Premier League curtains was drawn to a close with the alphabet separating the two Manchester clubs, and Crystal Palace setting a Premier League record that nobody wants.
The victory wasn’t unexpected. The manner was. Watford has looked strong early doors winning two, and drawing two in their first four games. And although City came into this tie banging goals in for fun, Watford had kept three clean sheets in the past four games. So it was never supposed to be a mauling, but the Premier League is the best in the world because of its ability to produce the unexpected.
Aguero has now scored ten hat tricks in his Man City career, six in the Premier League, and Watford will be sick of the sight of him. Aguero has now scored nine goals against the Hornets in five games.
Aguero’s strike partner, Gabriel Jesus, also got into the action with a goal. Then again, there isn’t a game when the little Brazilian isn’t involved in the goals. In his previous 15 games, Jesus has scored 11 times and provided four assists.
Man City didn’t just take the sting out of the Hornets. They reached inside and ripped out the heart.
Their neighbours in Old Trafford responded with an equally impressive mauling.
With Paul Pogba missing through injury, it was a good time for the United manager to see how his side would react without their most expensive signing.
United never looked in danger of losing from the moment Antonio Valencia unleashed an unstoppable shot past Jordan Pickford in the fourth minute.
United is a bogey side for Everton.
This defeat was the 34th in Premier League history, a record, and you have to feel for Everton having had to face four of the league’s top six sides from last season in their first five matches. But their fans expect more than this. The board will expect more than this.
It was a case of two former strikers.
One, Wayne Rooney, was substituted with ten minutes of the match remaining. The United fans gave him a standing ovation. Jose Mourinho shook his hand. And Everton reacted by opening the floodgates.
The other striker, Romelu Lukaku, put the ball on a plate for Henry Mkhitaryan to score United’s second goal, before scoring the third for himself. It was Lukaku’s fifth Premier League goal in five games since his £75m move. There was no show of faith to his former fans as he cupped his ears in a derisory manner in celebrating his goal. Anthony Martial scored the fourth from the penalty spot in injury time.
Everton moves into the bottom three.
Ronald Koeman’s side hasn’t won an away game in 11 attempts, and they haven’t scored a goal in 325 minutes of football, including a 3-0 defeat away to Atalanta in the Europa League in midweek.
Here’s how week 6 fixtures looks like: