Anthony Martial's own goal saw Manchester United set an unwanted Champions League record during Tuesday's clash with Paris Saint-Germain, though it did not ultimately prove costly.

Martial inadvertently headed Neymar's corner beyond David de Gea in the 55th minute of what proved to be a 2-1 win for United at Parc des Princes, cancelling out Bruno Fernandes' opener.

The France international's own goal was the ninth scored by a United player in the Champions League, the most of any club in the competition's history.

Laurent Blanc was the previous Frenchman to score a Champions League own goal for United, with Martial also becoming the second player from the country to put through his own net versus French opposition, after Jeremy Mathieu did so for Barcelona against PSG in April 2015.

United's opener came from the penalty spot, with Fernandes netting at the second attempt after Keylor Navas encroached off his line.

Since the start of last season, United have been awarded 27 penalties in all competitions, scoring 22 of them, both highs among sides in Europe's big five leagues in that time, while Fernandes has converted 11 spot-kicks since his debut for the club in February.

United retook the lead late on, with Marcus Rashford lashing a brilliant low strike in from the edge of the box to secure a winning start to their European campaign.

The England forward's most recent three Champions League goals have all come away from home, with the past two netted at Parc des Princes. 

Marcus Rashford was Manchester United's hero at the Parc des Princes once more as his late strike secured a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League Group H on Tuesday. 

England international Rashford drilled home a stoppage-time penalty as United claimed a 3-1 win at PSG in the second leg of the last 16 in 2018-19, ensuring they progressed to the quarter-finals on away goals. 

Just as they did on that occasion, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men scored first. Bruno Fernandes tucked home a re-taken penalty after Keylor Navas stepped off his line to save the midfielder's first attempt. 

Anthony Martial's own goal restored parity but Rashford returned to haunt PSG when he fired a fine finish into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box with three minutes remaining. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surprised Bruno Fernandes at a joint media conference by announcing he would captain Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday after hailing the Portuguese's recent impact.

Fernandes has been a revelation since his arrival from Sporting CP in the January transfer window, scoring 12 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions during the second half of the 2020-21 season.

He also ended the campaign as the club's joint highest goal creator in the Premier League, sitting alongside Marcus Rashford with seven assists.

The 26-year-old has picked up where he left off this term, with his fine goal in United's 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Saturday taking his tally to three goals in five appearances. 

With Harry Maguire absent for United's Champions League clash in Paris, Solskjaer had no hesitation in giving the captain's armband to Fernandes after his impressive start to life as a United player.

"Bruno has come in and had great impact with all the stats showing that," he said.

"His performances have been receiving real great praise as well. He has not changed the team, but he has sparked the team."

A visibly surprised Fernandes admitted he had no prior knowledge of Solskjaer's decision, describing it is a major milestone in his career. 

"I was not expecting this, I have found out the same time as you," Fernandes said. "For me it's an honour. I will be captain for my team-mates and to be captain of Manchester United is an important achievement for me.

"But I think everyone is the captain. Everyone needs to help and be a leader in their own way; leadership is different in every player. Tomorrow will not be about me but the team.

"Leading is every day in the training ground, every game and everyone is doing their job to lead the team in the way they think is best."

Tuesday's game will be the first time the sides have met since United's stunning last-16 win over the French giants in March 2019, when Rashford's stoppage-time penalty sealed a 3-1 win in Paris after a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the first leg.

Solskjaer remembers the game fondly but insists it will have no bearing on how the match pans out against Thomas Tuchel's men this time around. 

"Of course, that's history for us," Solskjaer said. "It's in the past. Great history, great game, but it has no impact whatsoever on this game.

"We're a different team, they're a different team. It's a different stage of the competition.

"Of course, also without fans it's going to be a different game. Because in the last game, when we got the first goal early on that impacted the ground, it's a completely new situation."

Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United players were shocked to see Aaron Wan-Bissaka scoring against Newcastle United, claiming: "We didn't know he could shoot!"

The full-back marked his 50th appearance for the Red Devils with his first goal for the club in Saturday's 4-1 victory at St James' Park.

Fernandes had earlier put the visitors ahead, having missed his first of 11 penalties for the Red Devils, after Harry Maguire had cancelled out an early Luke Shaw own goal.

Wan-Bissaka made it 3-1 with an emphatic strike following a one-two with Marcus Rashford, who added a late fourth.

It was the 22-year-old's first goal in England's top flight in his 80th appearance in the competition. In that time, he has attempted 18 shots and found the target just three times.

Fernandes says the players were teasing Wan-Bissaka in the dressing room, suggesting his goal was actually a bad cross.

"We didn't know he could shoot!" he said to MUTV. "It's difficult to believe that he can score because we never see him shoot.

"We were joking to him in the dressing room, saying that we all thought he wanted to cross and he had a bad one and scored.

"I'm happy for him; he deserved to be involved in these situations.  We want him to be more positive, more in the box, because he has such great qualities.

"Everyone knows him as a defensive player but he can show more as an offensive player. I think he has the quality to do that."

Wan-Bissaka, the 116th different United player to score in the Premier League, admitted he had no thoughts of finesse when he bore down on goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who saved eight of the 28 shots attempted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

"It's a good feeling, quite an inspiring one. It was a good team performance as well," said the former Crystal Palace man.

"I just wanted to smash it. The keeper had been saving a few shots during the game, so I thought, 'This time, let me just roof it'."

Bruno Fernandes heaped praise on "big player" Harry Maguire after the under-fire defender responded to criticism by scoring in Manchester United's 4-1 Premier League victory at Newcastle United.

Maguire entered Saturday's showdown under the microscope and his position in question following a red card for England during their Nations League loss to Denmark during the week.

But the world's most expensive centre-back bounced back amid his struggles for club and country at St James' Park, where he headed in a 23rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Luke Shaw's second-minute own goal before Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford scored during the closing stages.

Fernandes, who missed a penalty, hailed Maguire in the midst of external and social media noise, which came to a head during the previous transfer window as fans demanded new signings.

"We are happy for Harry. Harry is a big player. He is playing for the one of the biggest teams in the world, he is captain of one of the biggest teams in the world and he plays for a big national team," Fernandes – directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances, scoring in each of his last three matches – told MUTV.

"I think it's bad to be under fire but he has a great mentality. He needs to keep doing what he did today, not about the goal he scored because it's not what he has to do but defending like he has to do and giving us the chance up front to be secure when we lose the ball. We have a great defence with him and the guys who played today and the others who were on the bench or at home.

"Everyone is talking about we need a defender, midfielder, a striker, a winger, it's easier talking from outside saying we need everything without being on the pitch. I think, us, we need to look for each other, help each other and be positive as a team.

"We can defend ourselves on the pitch, not on social media. It was important for me to talk in that moment after the national team, I have no problem talking openly about nothing. The most important thing was the response we gave on the pitch."

United also responded collectively from their 6-1 humbling at the hands of Jose Mourinho's Tottenham prior to the international break.

The Red Devils had lost two of their opening three Premier League fixtures before enjoying their 10th comeback win against Newcastle in England's top flight – the most by any side against a single opponent in the competition, per Opta.

"I think the team has big characters and big players," Portugal international Fernandes, who missed his first penalty for United in what was his 11th spot-kick taken since joining from Sporting CP in January, added.

"What happened against Tottenham can't happen again. We play for such a big club and such a big team. This club deserves better than that. Everyone needs to be better, starting with me, I need to look at myself first and then at what the group needs to do better.

"Today it was perfect, after that defeat. I think we need to continue improving, don’t concede goals, as I said before, and keep scoring."

United are 14th in the Premier League table through four games, seven points adrift of leaders Everton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United will open their Champions League campaign at last season's finalists Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Harry Maguire insisted there was no "big crisis" at Manchester United despite their poor start to the season as they bounced back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St James' Park.

United headed into the international break at a low ebb after suffering a 6-1 home humiliation at the hands of Tottenham - a second defeat in their opening three Premier League games this term.

But after a fortnight away - in which time Maguire's form was again placed under the microscope amid an England red card - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side responded in Saturday's match.

They trailed to Luke Shaw's dismal second-minute own goal, yet Maguire headed in the equaliser and United's patience finally paid in the closing stages.

Dominant for much of the match but still level after Bruno Fernandes saw a penalty saved, Solskjaer's men finally got their breakthrough as the Portugal midfielder made amends and then both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford got in on the act.

Maguire was delighted with the reaction from his team but dismissed the crisis talk, telling Sky Sports: "I wouldn't say we have answered [the critics].

"It's funny, three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis. Won two, lost two. There is a long way to go, we have to improve.

"When you play for this club and get beat at home, we ask questions. We work hard in training - it is a great group - and we knew we had to bounce back.

"I felt it would have been really harsh if we came away with just a point. It is a fully deserved win.

"It was important. Every game in the Premier League, we want to be on top. Some games we will not be at our best but we have to do the basics well. In the games we lost, we didn't do the basics well.

"We knew we needed to get three points and we managed to do so. We've got a tough run coming up.

"We are still a young team, but we won't use that as an excuse. It was disappointing to start like we had, but it was a big performance tonight when we needed it."

Newcastle became the first opponents Maguire has scored twice against in the Premier League, having also netted for Leicester City, but team-mate Fernandes looked set to be frustrated for long periods.

The January signing had not missed any of his prior 10 penalties for United but could not beat Karl Darlow from 12 yards.

Fernandes made sure to get the Red Devils back on track himself, though, scoring in the 86th minute and also creating the fourth goal for Rashford with 96 minutes on the clock.

He told BBC's Match of the Day: "I already change [the penalty technique] sometimes. Today it didn't work.

"I need to do what is better for the game; today was not the right choice but it doesn't matter. I missed the penalty and have to keep improving in the next games."

Bruno Fernandes recovered from a rare penalty miss to set up a late 4-1 Premier League win for Manchester United at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Portugal international, who had never previously failed from 12 yards for United, looked to have passed up the visitors' best chance of victory at St James' Park when Karl Darlow produced a magnificent stop.

That spot-kick came after Harry Maguire - fit despite a knock on international duty - cancelled out a second-minute Luke Shaw own goal, with United dominant but set to be frustrated heading into the closing stages.

A rapid counter-attack produced the breakthrough moment, though, as Fernandes picked out the top-right corner before Aaron Wan-Bissaka lashed in a third and Marcus Rashford finished the 96th-minute fourth, ensuring United bounced back from the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham with all three points.

Bruno Fernandes has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

The Manchester United midfielder this week denied reports he had a bust-up with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their 6-1 loss to Tottenham. 

While that rift has been denied, it has seemingly put LaLiga’s giants on alert. 

 

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID, BARCELONA LOOKING AT FERNANDES

Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to battle for Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, according to The Sun. 

Fernandes only arrived at Old Trafford in January, signed in a deal worth €80million (£67.6m) from Sporting CP. 

Contracted until 2025, the Portugal international has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists in 17 Premier League games. 

ROUND-UP

- Staying at Old Trafford and the Manchester Evening News reports Manchester United have triggered the one-year extension to Paul Pogba's contract, keeping the midfielder at the club until 2022.

- Giovanni Reyna, 17, is catching the eye at Borussia Dortmund. ESPN reports the teenage midfielder is on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid after a stunning start to the Bundesliga season. He has scored once and provided three assists in three league games.

- Contracted at Arsenal until next year, Mesut Ozil's future remains a talking point. The Daily Express says manager Mikel Arteta has given the playmaker two months to prove himself at the Premier League club.

- Crystal Palace reportedly tried to land Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr on Friday. Sky Sports says a £25m bid from Palace for Sarr was rejected by the Championship club. Sarr has been linked to Liverpool and Manchester United previously.

- In MLS, Robbie Keane could be set for a return to the LA Galaxy. The Sun reports Keane has agreed to replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who is under pressure with the Galaxy bottom of the Western Conference. Keane played for the Galaxy between 2011 and 2016 and is the club's second highest goalscorer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Manchester United will not be divided by outsiders following reports Bruno Fernandes had lost faith in him.

United suffered a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford in their final game before the international break, with Fernandes substituted at half-time after the Red Devils were reduced to 10 men.

Asked about the situation while on international duty, the Portugal midfielder denied suggestions of a rift with Solskjaer, suggesting such claims were intended to "destabilise" the group.

Solskjaer was proud of the response from Fernandes and insisted the team will remain united in the face of criticism.

"It's one of those things. You have to get over it as soon as you can and move on," Solskjaer said of the defeat to Tottenham.

"We know that any little chance from outside you want to create a division. I think Bruno spoke really well the other day about, 'We are united, we have to stay together'. We can't listen to everyone outside, we've got to just get on with it.

"Bruno has now lost two league games and he came to the club in February, but it's been two in quick succession so he's not used to losing league games.

"But now Bruno, welcome to United, this is what happens when you lose a couple. They try to create a division between us, but that's not going to happen because this group is a group that wants to work hard together and stick together."

United will look to get back on track at Newcastle United on Saturday but they could be without Harry Maguire, who came under fire for his performance against Tottenham and was shown a red card in England's 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Wednesday.

"When Harry is part of the England team that beats number one ranked Belgium that's just a normal day, and then you get the headlines when you get the sending-off. That's just football," said Solskjaer.

"There's so many ups and downs, we've got to deal with it individually and as a group. Harry has great resilience. I know he'll bounce back. I know he wants to play, he wants to work his way out of the last couple of games he's been criticised.

"He picked up a knock just before he came off so I'm just hopeful he'll be fit. We had a look at him yesterday and we'll give him a test again today."

Edinson Cavani will not play as he is yet to train with the team due to COVID-19 protocols, while fellow new signings Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri are unlikely to be involved.

"We're looking forward to integrating them into the group," the United boss said of the deadline-day additions.

"Facundo, he's been training with us two days, very exciting, young, enthusiastic player with some attributes we don't have. He's maybe one more for the future, not for now, because he's still 18.

"Alex came in yesterday [Thursday], did his recovery after a long flight from Sao Paulo having come on twice for Brazil, so we're looking forward to integrating him.

"Edinson still has not been with the group because of his quarantine.

"All three of them have something different to what we have and they'll definitely come in and help us. I think the group are looking forward to having them join in."

Bruno Fernandes denied reports he had an argument with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the Premier League loss to Tottenham.

Fernandes was reportedly furious at half-time of the clash earlier this month, and the midfielder was substituted at the break with United trailing 4-1 before they suffered a 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

The Portugal international had opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but was said to have had a bust-up with Solskjaer at half-time.

However, Fernandes rubbished those claims after Portugal's 3-0 Nations League win over Sweden on Wednesday.

"There's been a lot of speculation about that," the midfielder told Sport TV, via A Bola.

"First it was a discussion with team-mates, as it did not stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate [Victor Lindelof], as it did not stick now, it is the discussion with Solskjaer.

"I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.

"I was replaced at half-time, it is true, by technical option. The coach told me that the game was almost over and that we would have a lot of games ahead of us. Got it. I was not satisfied but said nothing that could harm the group."

After just one win from the opening three games of the Premier League season, Solskjaer has been under increasing pressure at United.

But Fernandes insisted Manchester United were ready to respond against Newcastle United on Saturday, while warning the speculation needed to stop.

"Do not use my name, my colleagues or the coach to make trouble at Manchester United," he said.

"The atmosphere is good and the team is ready to give an answer in the next game."

It was another day of drama as Chelsea became the first team for nine years to avoid a Premier League defeat after being three goals down at half-time and Manchester United rocked Brighton and Hove Albion.

West Brom led Frank Lampard's side 3-0 after only 27 minutes, but Tammy Abraham's stoppage-time goal rescued a 3-3 draw at The Hawthorns.

A Bruno Fernandes penalty 10 minutes into stoppage time snatched a 3-2 victory for United at Brighton following a VAR check, which took place after the final whistle had blown, for handball against Neal Maupay.

Everton have made their best start to a season for 27 years after a controversial 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, while Southampton striker Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game at his former club Burnley.

With help from Opta data, here is a recap of the four fixtures to take place on a pulsating Saturday.

 

Brighton and Hove Albion 2-3 Manchester United: Fernandes stuns luckless Seagulls

To say it was one of those days for Brighton would be a massive understatement, with Fernandes snatching all three points from the penalty spot right at the death.

The midfielder, who has now been involved in 17 goals in 16 Premier League games (9 goals, 8 assists), slotted in the latest goal in the top flight since Juan Mata's strike for Chelsea against Norwich City after 100 minutes and three seconds nine years ago.

Brighton hit the woodwork five times, more than any team since Opta started recording the data in 2003-04, and were left to rule their luck after it seemed Solly March had secured a draw five minutes into time added on.

Leandro Trossard was particularly unfortunate, becoming the first player to hit the woodwork in a Premier League match three times since Cristiano Ronaldo versus Newcastle United in 2006.

Lewis Dunk will also want to forget the five-goal thriller in a hurry, having scored his fifth own goal in the competition - two more than any other player since his Premier League debut in August 2017.

 

Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton: Richarlison keeps Toffees perfect

Everton have won their first three games of a Premier League season for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign but they were fortunate to beat Palace.

All the goals came in the first half at Selhurst Park, the in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin putting Carlo Ancelotti's side in front to become the first player to score in each of Everton's opening three games of a season since Steven Naismith six years ago.

Cheikhou Kouyate brought Palace level but Richarlison won it with a penalty after a hugely contentious decision saw Joel Ward adjudged to have handled.

Brazil striker Richarlison has scored 31 of his 32 Premier League goals from inside the penalty area and the winner was his first from the spot in the competition. One concern for Everton is that they have shipped more goals (18) from set-pieces than any other side since the start of last season.

 

West Brom 3-3 Chelsea: Abraham completes comeback after Blues' defensive horror show

Chelsea looked to be heading for back-to-back defeats when a Callum Robinson double and Kyle Bartley put Albion three up.

Marcos Alonso and Premier League debutant Thiago Silva gave the Baggies a big helping hand with errors that took Chelsea's number of mistakes directly leading to goals this season to three, as many as they made in the entire 2019-20 campaign.

The Blues have only kept one clean sheet in 21 Premier League away games under Frank Lampard, while they have conceded more goals (42) on their travels than any other side since the start of last season.

They were able to salvage a point, though, courtesy of second-half goals from Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Abraham.

Slaven Bilic's side are the first team to ship 11 goals in the opening three games in the top flight since Arsenal in 1963-64 (12).

 

Burnley 0-1 Southampton: Ings returns to haunt toothless Clarets

Prolific striker Ings was on target early on to give Southampton their first Premier League points of the season.

It was Saints' first win at Turf Moor in the league since back in 1971, ending a six-match winless run.

Burnley fans will not want to know that the last time they lost their opening two matches of a Premier League season was in a 2014-15 campaign that saw them relegated.

The 400th match of Sean Dyche's managerial career proved to be one to forget, with Ings netting his 10th goal in 12 Premier League appearances since the resumption in June following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bruno Fernandes has risked the wrath of Brighton and Hove Albion fans as he dismissed their misfortune in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, during which Graham Potter's men hit the frame of the goal five times.

In a remarkable contest at the Amex Stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men somehow came away with three points despite seemingly being second-best for the majority of the game.

Brighton had 18 shots in total, to United's seven, while the home side were incredibly denied by the post or crossbar on five separate occasions, with Leandro Trossard accounting for three of them.

Despite those issues, Brighton appeared to seal a deserved point when Solly March turned home in the fifth minute of stoppage time, but with the last kick of the game, Fernandes slotted in a penalty after Neal Maupay had handled in the area.

And Fernandes seemingly had little sympathy.

"Brighton did very well but maybe because we are not as aggressive as we want to be," Fernandes told BT Sport.

"We need to recover more balls, press better, lose less possession. They had a lot of chances too, maybe Brighton deserved more, I don't know – but the point is score goals not hit the bar or post. Sometimes it happens to us – you see the game against Sevilla in the Europa League. We shoot I think 40 times at the goal and score once with the penalty only.

"Sometimes you have to have some luck, some defenders defending well and also the goalkeeper, because David did very well today, and also all the defence.

"Okay, in the goals we can do better, we can all agree, but we will work on that."

Victory sees United kick-start their season after beginning it with a 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace last time out, but once again Solskjaer's shaky defence has given the Norwegian plenty to think about.

Bruno Fernandes hopes to harness his creative genius to help Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo become the record international goalscorer.

Ronaldo scored twice against Sweden earlier this month to move on to 101 goals for his country, putting him eight behind Ali Daei.

Naturally, the Juventus star has his sights set on overtaking the Iran legend and Fernandes, who on Friday was named Manchester United's player of the year, is on hand to help.

"For me, and I think for most of the people now, it's normal," he told United Review of Ronaldo surpassing a century of goals in Portugal colours.

"You see when someone watches the games, if he doesn't score, for everyone, it is a bad game because, normally, he always scores.

"You wait for a goal from him or for him to do something different. Of course, I'm really happy to have a chance to play alongside him and I hope he can achieve the record he wants, for sure.

"Maybe I can help him to achieve that record with the national team."

United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday in a match that will be played behind closed doors, with coronavirus restrictions still in place.

Fernandes, who received 35.5 per cent of the vote from United fans to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for 2019-20, lamented the absence of supporters at matches, but said he still felt the adoration of the club's followers.

"We have a lot of fans of Manchester United and I can feel all the love they have to give you on social media, on the streets and everywhere really," said Fernandes, revealing he had discussed the issue with Ronaldo.

"I think, now, the most important thing is for everyone to be healthy and, as soon as possible, everybody will be able to come to the stadium.

"Football without fans is not like a football game, you know. I sat with Cristiano to talk about it after the game with the national team.

"It's like streets without cars. It's not a street.

"I don't know how to say it but we need to have fans in the stadiums. I don't know how but I think it will be important for everyone – for the players, for the game, for the fans.

"It will also be important for them. I hope it's sooner rather than later when we can have the fans back at the stadium."

The new 2020-21 season is really kicking into gear as Premier League matchweek two approaches.

After prior European commitments delayed Manchester City and Manchester United starting their respective campaigns, there is a full slate of matches this weekend.

That means there is plenty of opportunity for fantasy managers to make up for missing out on Mohamed Salah, Jamie Vardy or even Jeff Hendrick last week.

Need to get back on track or build on a strong start? This Opta-powered selection provides some must-haves for the coming round of matches.

 

EMILIANO MARTINEZ

Picking an Arsenal goalkeeper heading into the campaign was slightly risky business with two vying for the first-choice spot. Fortunately, with Emiliano Martinez leaving for Aston Villa, the matter has been settled.

From his first start last season on June 25, following Bernd Leno's injury, Martinez made more saves (31) than any other top-flight keeper and only trailed Nick Pope (85.3) and Ederson (81.8) in terms of save percentage (81.1). He kept three clean sheets, too.

Only Bournemouth and Norwich City - both relegated - managed fewer clean sheets than Villa's seven last term, yet one of those came at home to Monday's visitors Sheffield United.

 

LUCAS DIGNE

Everton left-back Lucas Digne was certainly worth having on the opening weekend. He contributed to a clean sheet at Tottenham and also supplied the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin's decisive goal.

But that display was no one-off.

Only Liverpool pair Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson (both 13) have more Premier League assists from defence than Digne (eight) since the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

Over that same spell, the Frenchman ranks second for chances created (73) and passes played into the box (320) by defenders and third (150) in terms of open-play crosses. He can test out that supply line at home to West Brom.

 

TARIQ LAMPTEY

Although beaten against former club Chelsea last time out, Tariq Lamptey continues to show himself to be an all-round package for Brighton and Hove Albion.

From right-back, the 19-year-old has created the most chances from open play (eight - tied with two others), supplied the most crosses (24), completed the most dribbles (17) and made the most interceptions (19) of any Brighton player since June 2020.

If Brighton get a result at Newcastle United, Lamptey is likely to be in the points.

 

WILLIAN

New signing Willian gave Arsenal fans and fantasy managers alike a taste of what they can expect on opening day.

At Fulham, he became the first player to contribute two assists on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour against Liverpool in August 1992.

Since June 2020, Willian trails only Robertson (six) in terms of assists (four) and Kevin De Bruyne (40) for chances created (28), with struggling West Ham up next at home.

 

BRUNO FERNANDES

Joining in January, Bruno Fernandes quickly established himself as a star fantasy performer last season. There is little reason to suggest he will not be similarly effective this term.

The Manchester United midfielder has been involved in 20 goals (including eight assists) in all competitions since his arrival from Sporting CP, the most of any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's players.

Indeed, Fernandes leads the way across the whole Premier League in that regard, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17 involvements) second. United face Crystal Palace.

 

HARRY KANE

Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has tended to start Premier League seasons slowly, but his record against Southampton - this week's opponents - is particularly impressive.

The England captain has nine goals in his past nine league games against the Saints, only tallying more often in clashes with Leicester City (14) and Arsenal (10).

Kane will no doubt be determined to continue that scoring streak this weekend, having suffered a torn hamstring at Southampton in January that checked his 2019-20 campaign.

 

JAMIE VARDY

Needed to check he has still got it? Vardy again proved his worth with a brace for Leicester against West Brom last week.

Those strikes improved his total since the start of last season to 25 in the league, while he also leads the way for shot conversion rates (27.47 per cent) among those with 10 or more goals in that time.

Even at 33, it is too early to write off Vardy, who will aim to dampen Burnley's new-season optimism on Sunday.

Bruno Fernandes lauded Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after his 100th and 101st international goals secured a 2-0 Nations League win at Sweden.

Ronaldo came into the Nations League match looking for a milestone strike at international level and the superstar captain reached a century of Portugal goals just before half-time on in Stockholm Tuesday.

Gustav Svensson was sent off for a second bookable offence, allowing Ronaldo to fire in a stunning free-kick to celebrate his 100th Portugal goal.

Portugal were in complete control but needed a second goal of similarly high quality from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to make the points safe in the Group A3 encounter.

Manchester United midfielder Fernandes said: "We know that [with Ronaldo] it is easier to reach the goal.

"He has a nose for goal and can solve a game at any time.

"That was what happened before half-time, in a free-kick situation. Just yesterday he had six or seven like that in training and today he did the same.

"It's great to have Cristiano. He makes any team stronger."

Portugal could not match the four goals they ran in against Croatia last week, though, and Fernandes added: "We managed the game well, we knew how to take advantage of opportunities.

"We could have scored more goals, but we are happy here, because we took what was important and we are at the top of the group."

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