Five talking points from matchday 9 in the Premier League
1. Mourinho's touchline bust-up and three fingered salute.
The perennial provoker got a taste of his own medicine on Saturday after a member of the Chelsea staff appeared to celebrate in front of him after a United 96th minute equaliser.
For the neutral, this topsy-turvy match had everything. Four goals, a last minute equaliser from a rejuvenated Ross Barkley and of course an old-school touchline brawl.
It's rare that you can excuse Mourinho's antics as justified but in the endless replays after the game, it does seem that a member of the Chelsea staff was way out of line in their celebrations. The squabble quickly moved away from the pitch and out of the cameras view, as the tunnel visibly shook. Sarri remained characteristically composed throughout and shook Mourinho's hand at the final whistle. 'It's not what you want to see' the commentators like to remind us, but we all know, as long as no-one gets (seriously) hurt, it's hugely entertaining.
Some of Mourinho's infamous touch-line moments
- Mourinho's run down the touchline when Porto beat Man Utd in the 2003/2004 Champions League season.
- Wenger demonstrates surprising upper-body strength and shoves Mourinho backwards.
- Mourinho pokes Tito Vilanova in the eye at the height of his Real Madrid's rivalry with Guardiola's Barcelona
2. André Shürrle's stunner
It was a stunning strike from the German to open the scoring in a game that produced six goals. Cutting in from the left he curls the ball from 30-yards into the top right hand corner. Fulham went on to lose the game 4-2, after a second-half capitulation. Schürrle has now scored four goals and Mitrovic has scored five for the west-London team - they must be getting increasingly frustrated with Fulham's defence.
3. Watford score two in goals in 58 seconds.
This was a visceral reminder that to cut it in the Premier League you have to be fully concentrated for the full 90+ minutes. Wolves paid for a one-minute lapse of concentration in an otherwise close match. The two teams enjoyed almost equal possession and Wolves managed 10 shots compared to Watford's 9.
But everything was decided in the 20th minute when Capoue released a low shot, that deceived Patrício after it slipped through the legs of Coady. 50 seconds later, Doucouré intercepted a ball and provided Patrício with a perfect assist.
4. Newcastle fail to score despite 27 shots
Newcastle have now only picked up two points from their first nine games and things continue to go from bad to worse for the Magpies. Newcastle also enjoyed 66% of the possession but ultimately lost to Brighton 1-0.
“We have to be more clinical” was perhaps the understatement of the weekend from Benitez.
The Mike Ashley - Benítez saga trundles on as Newcastle continue to fall further into the the relegation quagmire. They may count themselves unlucky after they lost on the weekend to a deflected goal and suffered a last minute winner from goal-shy Sanchez at Old Trafford but no wins out of nine speaks for itself.
5. Man City do what they do best
It was a nightmare return for Man City old boy Joe Hart, who saw five goals whizz past him. Aguero even had the privilege of being able to miss a sitter after Hart parried a shot invitingly into his path.
This was city at their best, fast flowing attacking football and solid defending. There was a slight concern in the first minute when Kompany lunged into a challenge with his studs showing. He got away with a yellow card, and Man City shifted into cruise control for the rest of the match.
A special mention has to go to Mahrez who is starting to shine at his new club, his curled finish for their fourth was sublime.