No one saw Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur putting six past Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United or Dean Smith’s Aston Villa putting seven past defending champions Liverpool.
However, this was the case in the last two games on Matchday 4 of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
This season hasn’t been short of goals with lots of goals being scored thus far and shocking upsets being mounted too.
Who would have thought that Everton and Aston Villa would be the only two teams with a 100% record at this point in the season?
It’s still early days but Carlo Ancelotti and Dean Smith deserve some credit for the performance of their teams thus far.
Scoring seven goals against the Premier League’s defending champions could easily be the most shocking result of the season considering the quality of the Villa side and how close they were to being relegated last term.
Meanwhile, the shambolic 6:1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur by Manchester United at Old Trafford should force the club hierarchy’s hand into the transfer market on transfer deadline day with deals for Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles very close to being done.
It remains to be seen if they will still go all out for Jadon Sancho on deadline day. The Red Devils took the lead via a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes in the opening minutes.
It seemed a good day before they found themselves 2:1 down. This was then worsened by Anthony Martial’s rush of blood to the head which resulted in him being sent off.
The likes of Son, Harry Kane, Tanguy Ndombele, and Serge Aurier had a field day ripping them apart. However, the bigger shock was yet to come up at Villa Park and saw Villa go into half time with a 4:1 lead against Liverpool and an Ollie Watkins hattrick.
It seems everything was against the Reds as key men Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara were forced into isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, first-choice goalie Alisson Becker was sidelined by a shoulder injury. There’s no room for an excuse as the result was disgraceful.
Deflections worked in favor of the home side as McGinn, Ross Barkley, and Jack Grealish got in amongst the goals. It’s one Matchday that Liverpool fans won’t be forgetting for a while.
Matchday 4 was a shocker for the Reds and the Red Devils. We look forward to their response in subsequent games.