Milan and Aston Villa are the only remaining teams in the top five European leagues with 100 per cent records.

All eyes have been on the likes of Juventus and Inter in Italy, while the focus has been on Premier League champions Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in England.

But Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Milan have been flawless in 2020-21, winning all four of their Serie A fixtures to top the standings.

Ibrahimovic scored twice as the in-form Rossoneri defeated city rivals Inter 2-1 in Saturday's Milan derby.

Milan have scored nine goals – Ibrahimovic contributing four – from four matches, conceding just once to be two points clear of Sassuolo.

For the first time since 1995-96, Milan have won each of their first four seasonal Serie A matches, according to Opta.

Villa also own a perfect record after four matchdays in the Premier League following Sunday's surprise 1-0 victory at Leicester City.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Villa – who have a game in hand – now sit second, having humiliated titleholders Liverpool 7-2 prior to the international break.

Ross Barkley was the hero against Leicester, with Villa boasting the best defensive record with just two goals shipped, while scoring 12.

Villa have won their opening four games of a league season for the first time since 1930-31, per Opta.

Sergio Aguero must prove he deserves a new contract at Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola warned.

Aguero returned following a four-month absence due to a knee injury as City recorded a 1-0 win at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

But the forward, who is City's all-time leading goalscorer, is out of contract at the end of the season and Guardiola said Aguero had a point to prove if he was to earn a new deal.

"Sergio now has to show, like every one of us, that he deserves to continue here – keep playing well, scoring goals and winning games – and after that the club and I will decide," Guardiola told reporters.

"But if he is playing in his level we don't have any doubts that he is a player to stay until he decides because he is unique. He is important for us, our fans and everyone.

"But he was out four months and he has to start training regularly and start to score goals – this is the most important thing."

Aguero has won four Premier League titles and numerous other domestic trophies since arriving at City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Guardiola is unsurprisingly happy to have the 32-year-old – who scored 16 goals in 24 league games last season – back from injury.

"Having Aguero on the pitch, we are better, we are safer," he said.

"We missed him a lot in the important moments at the end part of last season, but now is good news for us that he is back."

Since Aguero arrived at City in 2011, they have a better win percentage without him than with (70.7 to 67.4) in the Premier League, while on average scoring more often (2.4 to 2.3), as per Opta.

Those numbers are amplified since Guardiola took charge in 2016. Since then, City have won 78.6 per cent of Premier League games without Aguero and 71.9 with him, while scoring 2.7 goals per match when the Argentinian has been absent, compared to 2.4 with him.

City begin their Champions League campaign at home to Porto on Wednesday before making the trip to West Ham three days later.

Tottenham looked set to be cruising to a convincing victory over West Ham, yet David Moyes' side produced a comeback for the ages in north London.

Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike in the 94th minute secured a 3-3 draw, against all odds.

The Hammers were 3-0 down in the 81st minute, but became the first side in Premier League history to avoid defeat having been behind by that scoreline that late in a match.

Lanzini's goal settled an enthralling contest, with Spurs having taken the lead inside 45 seconds thanks to Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane was the provider for Son's opener, and the South Korea star returned the favour seven minutes later – the duo have combined for eight Premier League goals this season already.

Only Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton (1992-93 & 1994-95) and Sheringham and Chris Armstrong (1995-96) have combined for more in a single Premier League season for Spurs (all nine).

Kane had his second with a close-range header in the 16th minute, and the England captain has now been directly involved in 12 top-flight goals this season, the highest number of direct goal involvements by a player after five fixtures of a single campaign.

With Spurs cruising, Gareth Bale was introduced with just under 20 minutes remaining, with the Welshman making his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham since May 2013, seven years and 152 days ago.

Yet it was to be West Ham who had the final say.

Fabian Balbuena's header got them off the mark with eight minutes of normal time remaining. He was teed up by Aaron Cresswell, who has provided 21 Premier League assists for West Ham; only Trevor Sinclair (25), Paolo Di Canio (31) and Mark Noble (35) have registered more for the club.

Spurs had won each of their previous 87 Premier League matches when leading by at least three goals, last dropping points from this position in a 5-3 defeat against Manchester United in September 2001, but Davinson Sanchez's own goal gave the Hammers real hope and, in incredible fashion, Lanzini thumped home a first-time strike from long range to seal a remarkable fightback.

"It is one those special moments in football. Like it was meant to be," West Ham's Declan Rice told Sky Sports. "Once we got one we felt we could get a draw, and it was a moment of brilliance from Manu.

"I can't imagine what it is like for Manu to score that. As soon as it has left his foot... you can see the reaction."

The 2020-21 Premier League season is on course to smash the record for the most goals in a campaign if teams can continue the stunning free-scoring start to the term. 

Through 46 games, there have been 171 goals scored at incredible average of 3.72 per match.

If that extraordinary rate continued, this season would see teams net 1,414 goals between them in England's top flight.

It is comfortably leading the average for most goals per game in the Premier League era and is on track to top 2018-19, which saw 2.82 goals per match for a total of 1,072.

The other top-scoring seasons have been similar, with an average of 2.81 goals per game in 2011-12 and 2.80 in each of 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2016-17.

Of the matches played so far this season, 12 have seen six goals or more, including Aston Villa's 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool and Tottenham's 6-1 win at Manchester United before the international break.

The weekend saw Southampton and West Ham come from behind to draw six-goal thrillers at Chelsea and Tottenham respectively.

West Ham produced an epic late comeback, started by Fabian Balbuena's 82nd-minute goal and capped off with Manuel Lanzini's 94th-minute stunner.

"I can't quite work it out if the quality of the forwards are so good, probably being a defender myself I'm looking at it from the other side and it's a lack of good defending," West Ham manager David Moyes told Sky Sports, discussing why games were so open this season.

"I do think we're probably seeing an awful lot more goals than we've seen for a while. Whether that's to do with the crowds, or whatever that may be, I'm not sure. I can only put it down to not very good defending.

"There's more risks taken, I think we're seeing the games played at one end and then the other, the way it's going at the moment. I think it's exciting, it's good, but if you're a purist you want to see good defending as well.

"I've always said the best teams in the league will have the best defence and the best defensive record. If you're wanting to do well, you've got to have a good defence."

The early season signs prove Moyes right. Aston Villa have conceded just twice in four Premier League games and are the only team with a perfect record after Sunday's late 1-0 win at Leicester City.

Everton are a point clear at the top after four wins and a draw from their opening five games, although they have conceded seven goals.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk vowed to return "better, fitter and stronger" after knee surgery.

The Premier League champions confirmed on Sunday the defender had damaged ligaments in his knee and is likely to miss most of the rest of the season.

The Netherlands international is set to undergo surgery on an injury sustained in the first half of the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw following a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Van Dijk said he was thankful for the support he has received as he prepares for surgery.

"This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday," he wrote.

"I'm now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.

"Despite the obvious disappointment, I'm a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God's help I'm going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.

"In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it's important to try and keep level headed whether going through the highs or the lows. With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I'm ready for the challenge ahead.

"I'd like to thank everyone for the messages of support, it's meant a huge amount to me and my family, and I'll now be doing everything possible to support my team-mates in any way I can ahead of big weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day by day. I'll be back."

Jurgen Klopp's men sit third in the table with 10 points from their opening five games to be three adrift of rivals Everton.

Gareth Bale's introduction from the bench was not a distraction for Tottenham in their shock collapse at home to West Ham, insists boss Jose Mourinho.

Spurs were cruising to three points in Sunday's Premier League encounter, with Son Heung-min's strike and Harry Kane's double opening up a 3-0 lead after 16 minutes.

But Fabian Balbuena struck and Davinson Sanchez's put through his own net before Manuel Lanzini's injury-time thunderbolt sealed a memorable turnaround from the Hammers.

Bale rejoined Spurs on loan from Real Madrid last month and was brought on as a 72nd-minute substitute, missing a golden opportunity when Spurs led 3-2.

However, Mourinho did not believe Bale entering the fray had any negative effect on his side.

"I don't think so, I honestly don't think so. The decision not to start him was I think a good decision," Mourinho said. 

"A decision to show that he doesn't have a beautiful chair waiting for him in the team and he sits there the first time he can. It was a message to the team that in this team everybody has to fight for positions.

"He's very well accepted in the group. Everyone likes him, and I believe he also likes what he found here. So everything is positive and the focus was not on him. The focus was on the game and he was on the bench for 65 minutes or so and I don't think so, I don't think at all.

"It's a pity that he couldn't score that fourth goal which was a beauty and would have killed the game. But that's football." 

Back in July, Mourinho said Spurs lacked mental strength following a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

The Portuguese did not want to blame similar reasons on this occasion, citing the fact Spurs have made several additions to their team since then.

"I don't want to go there. We have new players. We played much better than last season. I can say the same about West Ham," he added.

"West Ham is a much better team than it was when [David] Moyes arrived. The team is in evolution, we play much better, we know how we want to play. 

"Defensively the team is much better than before, that's why I was saying before to look to our goals, the goals that we concede. It was only Danny Ings. After that, penalty Newcastle, penalty Man United, another penalty with Southampton.

"Today two free-kicks and an own goal. Defensively we're much stronger but in the last part of the game this happened and it's difficult to explain."

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will have to dip into the transfer market in January after losing Virgil van Dijk to a serious knee injury.

The Dutchman was forced off during the first half of the Reds' 2-2 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton as a result of a late challenge from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Scans have since revealed that Van Dijk suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that will ensure he misses the majority - if not the entirety - of the remainder of the season.

And Carragher feels the title race is now 'wide open' as a result, with the champions requiring defensive reinforcements in the next transfer window if they are to keep their defence on track.

He told Sky Sports: "I think the big question you look at now is can Liverpool win the league without Van Dijk there? 

"There are three or four players in every title-winning team - or team who think they can win the title - if one of those players are missing, no matter how good your manager is, no matter how big your squad is, you can't cover for them. They're that outstanding. 

"I think it blows the title race wide open, I really do. I still felt at the start of this season that Liverpool were the team to beat. With Van Dijk being out for what looks like the whole season, it's going to be all on for Liverpool.

"Liverpool certainly have to go into the market in January, not just because of Van Dijk's injury but Liverpool were weak in that area anyway. They lost Lovren before the start of the season and the other players in those positions are very injury prone. 

"Devastating news for Virgil van Dijk, but for Jurgen Klopp now and the club it's who can we get in? I know the transfer window has just finished but they have to be ready on January 1 to bring someone in because they're really weak in that area and that could stop them going on to achieve what they want to achieve."

David Moyes joked he was not going to "slide down the touchline" in the manner of rival boss Jose Mourinho after his West Ham team came back to draw 3-3 with Tottenham.

An ecstatic Moyes ran onto the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday after Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike four minutes into stoppage time capped a comeback for the ages.

West Ham trailed 3-0 in the 81st minute, yet Fabian Balbuena's header and an own goal from Davinson Sanchez set the stage for Lanzini to rescue a point.

It made West Ham the first team in Premier League history to have avoided defeat when 3-0 down with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Mourinho has famously sprinted along the touchline to celebrate key moments in his managerial career, while he also performed a knee slide when his Real Madrid team beat Manchester City in the Champions League group stages thanks to a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner.

While Moyes' celebrations will no doubt prove slightly less memorable, the Scot joked he did not wish to repeat what had already been done.

"I wasn't going to slide down the touchline on my knees," Moyes said, chuckling, in an interview with Sky Sports. "Because that's been done before."

West Ham were 3-0 down by the 16th minute on Sunday, with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane putting Spurs in complete control.

Yet Moyes insisted there was no need for West Ham to change their tactics, as he believed they had put in a strong performance which was not reflected by the scoreline.

"The half-time team talk was actually difficult, because we were 3-0 down but I thought we'd played really well, except for the opening five or 10 minutes," he said.

"The toughest decision was not to make any decision, because it's always quite easy for a manager to feel like that you have to make choices and change things.

"I didn't think we had to. I thought we were playing well enough. We'd given away three goals, which I couldn't believe actually. These things happen, that's the way football has been a little bit at the moment.

"As a manager, it's very difficult to use the word "proud" very often, but I've got to say tonight is a proud moment to be manager of the team, because of how well we played, how well they kept at it. They never gave in.

"From 3-0 down against Tottenham, it's a big result. A local derby as well, so hopefully the supporters will enjoy it."

Jose Mourinho struggled to explain the loss of a three-goal lead that saw Tottenham held to a draw by West Ham on Sunday as he simply declared: "Football happened". 

Spurs raced into their earliest three-goal lead since Derby County were put to the sword inside 14 minutes in August 2007, Son Heung-min opening the scoring and Harry Kane netting twice with just 16 minutes gone in north London. 

And the hosts held onto that advantage up until the 82nd minute, when Fabian Balbuena headed in a set-piece to kickstart the most unlikely of comebacks from David Moyes' men. 

It was quickly followed by a Davinson Sanchez own goal before Manuel Lanzini netted in stunning fashion in the fourth and final minute of injury time to level things up. 

Lanzini's goal ensured West Ham became the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by three or more goals as late as the 81st minute. 

Asked in his post-match interview with Sky Sports to explain what had transpired, Mourinho replied: "Football  

"Of course, I have to analyse the second half and I have to do it internally, but for you I prefer just to say that football happened, and I prefer to praise West Ham's belief.  

"It is not easy to be losing 3-0 and to be dominated, let's say, because we had the game under control. It's not easy to keep the belief.  

"I knew they were completely different team this season than they were last season, so I give them credit.  

"But, of course, to concede three goals – and to lose an advantage of three goals – is a big punishment and, eventually, deserved." 

Tottenham had exercised complete control over their London rivals in the first half but Mourinho revealed that he warned his players that the game was far from over at the break.

The Portuguese highlighted Tomas Soucek, who he termed the "new Fellaini" in tribute to his former Manchester United charge Marouane, as a particular threat for the Hammers.

He added: "I told them to keep the same and be aware of a lot of set-pieces that we had against us, corners and lateral free-kicks where we knew they were very strong. They are a team with huge guys and very powerful in the air.

"David found in Soucek his new Fellaini, he has lots of aerial power. In the end they were lucky, but they fought very hard to be lucky. In the end, I praise them.

"This was a game that was in the pocket and we lost two points."

Gareth Bale made his first appearance for Spurs in seven years and 152 days when he came off the bench late on.

But the Welshman's failure to take a golden opportunity for a fourth, decisive goal and a further near miss from Kane were cited as key moments by Mourinho.

"We had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, we had Gareth to kill the game with his action also," Mourinho said. 

"The game was more with the space they were giving us, more to the fourth goal than anything. But that is football and we were punished.

"With [substitute Harry] Winks, the team found balance again, they were in control of the game again having lost it a little bit early in the second half. It was exactly when we were in control that we conceded the first goal, then after that, their belief went up and probably my guys were not strong enough to cope with it psychologically.

"The clock was ticking – we knew that – and in the last few seconds we lost two points."

Tottenham looked set to be cruising to a convincing victory over West Ham, yet David Moyes' side produced a comeback for the ages in north London.

Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike in the 94th minute secured a 3-3 draw, against all odds.

The Hammers were 3-0 down in the 81st minute, but became the first side in Premier League history to avoid defeat having been behind by that scoreline that late in a match.

Lanzini's goal settled an enthralling contest, with Spurs having taken the lead inside 45 seconds thanks to Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane was the provider for Son's opener, and the South Korea star returned the favour seven minutes later – the duo have combined for eight Premier League goals this season already.

Only Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton (1992-93 & 1994-95) and Sheringham and Chris Armstrong (1995-96) have combined for more in a single Premier League season for Spurs (all nine).

Kane had his second with a close-range header in the 16th minute, and the England captain has now been directly involved in 12 top-flight goals this season, the highest number of direct goal involvements by a player after five fixtures of a single campaign.

With Spurs cruising, Gareth Bale was introduced with just under 20 minutes remaining, with the Welshman making his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham since May 2013, seven years and 152 days ago.

Yet it was to be West Ham who had the final say.

Fabian Balbuena's header got them off the mark with eight minutes of normal time remaining. He was teed up by Aaron Cresswell, who has provided 21 Premier League assists for West Ham; only Trevor Sinclair (25), Paolo Di Canio (31) and Mark Noble (35) have registered more for the club.

Spurs had won each of their previous 87 Premier League matches when leading by at least three goals, last dropping points from this position in a 5-3 defeat against Manchester United in September 2001, but Davinson Sanchez's own goal gave the Hammers real hope and, in incredible fashion, Lanzini thumped home a first-time strike from long range to seal a remarkable fightback.

"It is one those special moments in football. Like it was meant to be," West Ham's Declan Rice told Sky Sports. "Once we got one we felt we could get a draw, and it was a moment of brilliance from Manu.

"I can't imagine what it is like for Manu to score that. As soon as it has left his foot... you can see the reaction."

Manuel Lanzini's last-gasp stunner sealed a remarkable comeback from West Ham to earn a 3-3 draw against Tottenham in a thrilling London derby on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho's men were in complete control from the moment Son Heung-min opened the scoring inside a minute, with Harry Kane's quickfire double seemingly confirming the victory after only 16 minutes.

However, Fabian Balbuena's header and a Davinson Sanchez own goal set up a nervy finish, and Lanzini's incredible strike secured a point for the visitors at the death, putting a huge dampener on Gareth Bale's Spurs return.

Back in the dugout for the first time since testing positive for coronavirus in late September, West Ham boss David Moyes would have hoped to see his team build on the two convincing Premier League wins earned in his absence.

Instead, the Hammers lasted just 45 seconds before conceding, Kane dropping into midfield before and clipping the ball over the top for Son, who cut inside Balbuena with ease to dispatch a low shot into the far corner.

Things went from bad to worse shortly after, as Kane nutmegged Declan Rice at the edge of the box before sending a shot through the legs of Angelo Ogbonna and beyond a helpless Lukasz Fabianski.

And, while the visitors had a couple of promising moments in the aftermath of that second goal through the industrious Michail Antonio, they simply could not keep Spurs at bay at the other end.

Consequently, they were 3-0 down after 16 minutes, Kane grabbing his second with a powerful header from Sergio Reguilon's cross to the back post.

To their credit, West Ham attempted to produce a positive response to an opening quarter of an hour that had all but ended their hopes of taking anything from the game, but any potential openings they worked were often wasted, while Tottenham continued to look dangerous on the counter.

Even when the visitors did manage to finally create, they were wasteful, not least when Pablo Fornals somehow contrived to head a deflected Antonio cross over from close range shortly after the restart.

For their part, Spurs looked understandably happy to simply sit on their lead and manage the opposition threat for the remainder of the game, with counter-attacks their main source of chances in the second period.

And it was one such quick break that almost led to Kane grabbing his hat-trick, the England striker clattering the post 10 minutes from time with a fine left-footed effort from distance. 

Spurs brought on Bale but his second debut did not end how he would have hoped, as there proved to be a sting in the tail for the hosts.

Their grip on the game seemed to loosen when Balbuena headed in from a dangerous free-kick delivery from the left wing and that was quickly followed by Sanchez's own goal, the defender inadvertently heading Vladimir Coufal's cross beyond Hugo Lloris in the Spurs net.

And Lanzini completed the comeback in the fourth minute of injury time as he smashed a marvellous long-range effort beyond a despairing Lloris to make it 3-3.

What's next?

Tottenham will need to recover quickly from this setback as they kick off their Europa League group-stage campaign against LASK on Thursday, while West Ham head into a daunting clash with Manchester City next weekend full of confidence.

Tottenham fans got to see Gareth Bale don the famous shirt once more in Sunday's Premier League clash with West Ham.

The Wales star came off the bench at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for his first appearance in England's top flight since May 2013, but it proved a frustrating outing.

From 3-0 up when Bale was introduced in the 72nd minute, Tottenham were pegged back as the game finished in a 3-3 draw.

The 31-year-old, who previously played for Spurs between 2007 and 2013, joined Jose Mourinho's side on loan from Real Madrid after winning four Champions Leagues with Los Blancos.

Bale had only 25 goal involvements (17 goals, eight assists) across his final two seasons with Madrid, having managed 61 (38 goals, 23 assists) in his last two campaigns with Tottenham.

Players returning to clubs where they enjoyed great success is nothing new, but are the second acts ever as good as those we witness first?

DIEGO MARADONA - BOCA JUNIORS

One of the world's greatest players, Maradona completed a dream transfer from Argentinos Juniors to Boca in 1981, going on to score 28 times in 40 league games for the club he supported as a boy. With the lure of Europe, a world-record transfer to Barcelona followed, but Maradona finished his career back in Argentina with Boca. However, by that point he was a shadow of his former self, scoring just seven times in 30 appearances from 1995 to 1997.

Key stat: Maradona played in 10 Primera Division seasons in his home country, though he would win just one piece of silverware - the 1981 Metropolitano - in his first stint at Boca.

ROBBIE FOWLER - LIVERPOOL

Known as 'God' at Anfield, Fowler was the homegrown hero who led the line for the Reds for much of the 1990s. He was sold to Leeds United in 2001, having had a difficult relationship with manager Gerard Houllier, who preferred Michael Owen and Emile Heskey in attack. After a spell at Manchester City, Fowler returned to Liverpool on a free in 2006, but the three league goals he scored in 2006-07 were all penalties.

Key stat: Fowler remains Liverpool's all-time leading scorer in the Premier League having netted 128 times in 266 games.

WAYNE ROONEY - EVERTON

Another talented Merseyside youngster, Rooney made a memorable breakthrough at Everton with a brilliant winner against Arsenal in 2002, though his relationship with fans of his boyhood club soured when he joined Manchester United, for whom he became the club's record scorer. Relations thawed over time and Rooney came 'home' for 2017-18 - but he was often deployed in a deeper midfield position in his second spell.

Key stat: Rooney scored 10 times in the Premier League during his second stint at Goodison Park - the only time he reached double figures for Everton in a league campaign.

KAKA - MILAN

The Brazilian enjoyed a fruitful six years at San Siro, winning the 2007 Ballon d'Or, a Serie A title and a Champions League while scoring 70 goals and providing 48 assists in 193 league games. Kaka never truly hit those heights again as a Real Madrid Galactico and returned to Milan for 2013-14, though he was unable to rediscover his magic.

Key stat: The forward averaged a goal involvement every 131 minutes in his initial spell with Milan, but that fell to 219 minutes second time around.

MARIO GOTZE - BORUSSIA DORTMUND

A product of BVB's youth academy, Gotze, like his team-mates Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, was eventually lured to rivals Bayern Munich. The midfielder, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, struggled at times for form and fitness during three seasons with Bayern and that continued back at Dortmund, where he spent four more seasons before leaving earlier this year. Gotze has since joined Dutch giants PSV.

Key stat: Gotze scored 22 goals at a rate of one every 263 minutes in his first four-season spell with Dortmund. During his second stint, he scored 13 at a rate of one every 351 minutes.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC - MILAN

Of course it is the enigmatic Swede who proves things can be just as good second time around. Ibrahimovic enjoyed a brilliant two-season run at Milan between 2010 and 2012 - scoring 42 times and providing 17 assists in 61 Serie A games. Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January and, in 20 Serie A games so far, he has scored 14 goals and assisted five more.

Key stat: Ibrahimovic's minutes-per-goal involvement stood at one every 91 minutes in his first Milan spell, and this time around on average he has played a part in a goal every 81.3 minutes.

Edinson Cavani trained with Manchester United for the first time on Sunday after the new signing completed his quarantine period. 

Cavani joined United on transfer deadline day as a free agent having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2019-20 season. 

However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, government guidelines in the United Kingdom require people to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival from certain foreign territories. 

The Uruguayan travelled from France, one of the countries on the list, meaning he has had to train in isolation. 

Cavani was therefore unable to feature in Saturday's Premier League win away at Newcastle United, meaning his debut could come against former club PSG in the Champions League. 

As they prepare for Tuesday's game in the French capital, United released footage on social media on Sunday of the 33-year-old at work with his new team-mates. 

Cavani spent seven years at the Parc des Princes, scoring 200 goals during his time with the Ligue 1 club.

Liverpool have confirmed Virgil van Dijk has damaged ligaments in his knee and is likely to miss most of the rest of the season.

The Netherlands international is set to undergo surgery on an injury sustained in the first half of the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw following a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The Reds were leading 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sadio Mane after two minutes and 15 seconds at Goodison Park, the fastest scored in this fixture in the Premier League era.

Barely three minutes later, Fabinho looped the ball into the Everton penalty area towards Van Dijk and Pickford lunged into the centre-back, missing the ball.

Pickford was spared the risk of a penalty and possible card from the referee as Van Dijk was narrowly offside when Fabinho crossed.

Van Dijk was treated on the pitch but was unable to continue, walking gingerly down the touchline as Joe Gomez came on to replace him.

"Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Everton," the Premier League champions said in a statement on Sunday.

"The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.

"Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.

"No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.

"Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club's medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible."

Manager Jurgen Klopp said he did not have a clear view of the incident but was critical of the general use of VAR in the 2-2 draw, with a marginal offside call having denied Jordan Henderson a late winner.

"I didn't see it back, it took a while so obviously the offside was not too big and Pickford kicks him completely," he told Sky Sports.

"Then the Henderson goal, it was the pass for Sadio, and I didn't see offside. Maybe somebody can explain it to me. The picture I've seen was not offside."

The loss of Van Dijk comes as Liverpool enter a packed run of matches until the next international break in November.

They play six times in the next three weeks, including Champions League games against Ajax, Midtjylland and Atalanta and a Premier League trip to Manchester City on November 7.

After 2,709 days, Gareth Bale is a Premier League player again.

The Wales star came off the bench in Tottenham's clash with West Ham on Sunday for his first appearance since rejoining on loan from Real Madrid.

 

He replaced Steven Bergwijn in the 72nd minute, with Tottenham leading 3-0 at the time thanks to two early goals from Harry Kane and a first-minute strike from Son Heung-min.

Bale was straight into the action too, having a shot saved almost immediately after his introduction.

It was Bale's first game in England's top flight since May 19, 2013, when he helped Spurs to a 1-0 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

He scored the only goal of that contest in the 89th minute as Spurs just missed out on a top-four spot, finishing a point behind Arsenal in the table.

The home side, then managed by Andre Villas-Boas, struggled against a Sunderland side who narrowly avoided relegation but Bale managed nine shots in the game – five of which were on target.

His goal, when it finally came, took him to 37 goal involvements in all competitions – only Robin van Persie (39) and Juan Mata (49) were involved in more for a Premier League club that season.

Bale then completed his £100million move to Real Madrid and went on to score 80 times in 171 appearances in LaLiga, his last goal coming against Villarreal on September 1, 2019.

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