Jurgen Klopp said not all wins can be "beauties" after Liverpool scraped past Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season.

The Reds looked destined to drop their first points of the campaign until Georginio Wijnaldum's tame volley squirmed through the grasp of Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson 20 minutes from time.

The hosts more than held their own against the leaders – who have now won all seven of their league games this season – but Klopp was in no doubt that his side deserved all three points.

"These games, they are not all beauties and you have to work hard for the result," he told BT Sport.

"You have to respect the opponent. We had good moments and it was one of these games you have to win but not think too much about it. One team deserved to win, which was us, but all respect to Sheffield United; they were tough.

"I was frustrated and at half-time we spoke about it. We started well, but you have to do the same things again and again. It's about body language. It starts with the centre-halves; it's the little things.

 

"They threw everything at us and they worked incredibly hard. They were a real threat.

"I am fine with the game; not overly happy but it happens. We were concentrated at set pieces for 95 minutes; the boys were spot on. We didn't play our best football but there we are."

Liverpool had become so accustomed to subjugating their opponents in the first half of matches this term – after all, before Saturday they had led at half-time in each Premier League game in 2019-20.

Yet, in Chris Wilder's intriguingly assembled Sheffield United, they found a side able to out-scrap the Reds' famed front three, an unfortunate calamity ultimately denying them a credible and deserved point.

The Blades' so-called 'overlapping centre-backs' have drawn plenty of praise already this term and at times in the first half it was easy to see why, with Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O'Connell all taking it turns to charge forward to good effect.

Even on such occasions, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane still struggled to exploit any increased space in a curiously laboured outing from the trio.

The only time the Reds' key men managed to combine before the break came in the 43rd minute – Salah getting a lucky ricochet and then feeding Firmino, who overcomplicated the play by setting up Mane instead of shooting. The post came to United's rescue, the finish unimpressive.

In the first period, Salah had 22 touches, Firmino 24 and Mane 30. Only Adrian had fewer on the Liverpool team.

Their ineffectiveness served to highlight a creativity void in Liverpool's midfield, with Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho doing little to lay on opportunities.

Liverpool's centre-backs appeared more threatening from that perspective.

Virgil van Dijk's gorgeous lofted pass over the defence just past the half-hour mark picked out Mane, but he inexplicably sliced wide with just Dean Henderson to beat, while Joel Matip enjoyed a few surging runs through the centre.

United's display was every bit as impressive as Liverpool's was underwhelming, however.

Wilder had blasted his side's performance in the 2-0 win over Everton last week as their worst of the season – they certainly appeared desperate to leave no stone unturned in their quest to beat the European champions.

There was to be no preparing for Dean Henderson's moment to forget, though, as the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper allowed Wijnaldum's scrappy effort through his legs 20 minutes from time.

It was a crushing quirk of fate, with Liverpool scarcely deserving the lead.

The Blades had looked the more creative of the two sides for much of the second period, with John Fleck's ability on the ball causing Liverpool's midfield numerous problems – the finishing touch just eluded them, however, as Van Dijk produced another strong performance at the back.

Some pundits this season had been ridiculed for suggesting Liverpool were over-reliant on three players – a bizarre criticism considering many of the world's best sides are often accused of relying on just a single star player.

However, a midfield creator would have benefited Liverpool at Bramall Lane – fortunately for them fortune smiled on the Reds, allowing them to win seven successive Premier League matches at the start of the season for the first time.

Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season as Dean Henderson's howler handed them a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The Reds have swept all before them so far this season domestically but looked destined to drop their first points of the campaign against Chris Wilder's spirited side.

Blade goalkeeper Henderson gifted them a 16th straight league victory, though, allowing Georginio Wijnaldum's volley to squirm through his grasp with 20 minutes remaining.

The result means Jurgen Klopp's table-topping squad move eight points clear of reigning champions Manchester City, who head to Everton later on Saturday.

The Blades were far from overawed by their more illustrious opponents in the opening stages, twice coming close before the midway point of the first half.

Oli McBurnie fired straight at Adrian after cutting in from the left in the third minute, while Callum Robinson lashed wide from 18 yards after being played in by John Fleck.

Sadio Mane then squandered a golden opportunity to open the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark, slicing horribly over with just Henderson to beat.

The Senegal international misfired again shortly before the interval, striking the post from six yards after being teed up by Roberto Firmino.

McBurnie headed over from an inswinging corner soon after the restart, while Oliver Norwood forced Adrian into a stop down to his right from 30 yards.

Yet the game's decisive moment arrived in the 70th minute when Wijnaldum's tame volley from the edge of the penalty area slipped through Henderson's grasp and trickled over the line.

The on-loan Manchester United keeper prevented Salah adding another with a smart stop, though one goal turned out to be enough for Liverpool on the road.

Jurgen Klopp revealed Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is likely to return to first-team training on Sunday following seven weeks out with a calf injury.

Alisson sustained the problem in Liverpool's Premier League opener against Norwich City on August 9, pulling up after taking a goal kick in the 4-1 win.

Adrian – who arrived on a free transfer in pre-season – came in and has deputised ever since, helping to ensure the Reds have the joint-best defence in the top flight this term.

There was uncertainty initially about how long Alisson was to be out for, with estimates ranging from a few weeks to a couple of months.

Although he will not be able to feature in Saturday's trip to Sheffield United, Klopp expects Alisson to be back in full training the following day, as a return to action moves close.

"Alisson looks like he is close, but the final word is with the medical department," Klopp said in Friday's pre-match news conference.

"He's not in contention for tomorrow [to face Sheffield United]. Maybe he can train with the team from Sunday onwards. He's really close.

"I'm not a doctor, I take the information [on Alisson] as I get it. Last two weeks he has progressed really, really well. They [the medical staff] have waited long enough until he is in proper training."

Klopp also paid tribute to Adrian for his role as such a reliable deputy, having barely put a foot wrong since coming into the team.

"Adrian's progress has made everything easier," Klopp said. "He is doing a brilliant job and makes everything easier, 100 per cent.

"We can't rush injuries, we try not to do it. We don't like to task risks. We will see when Alisson is ready – Adrian is our goalkeeper for now."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder concedes his team will have their work cut out defensively when they host Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

United have impressed on their top-flight return and claimed a second league win of the season when they prevailed 2-0 at Everton last weekend.

But Wilder appreciates the Blades' forthcoming Merseyside opponents – and a forward line of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane – present a daunting proposition.

 "It might not turn into a back three – it might turn into a back 10 or a back 11," he joked at a pre-match news conference.

"They've caused better sides than us untold problems in terms of where they move the ball around the pitch and where they attack with pace and with quality.

"Hopefully they don't show as much quality [as] over the last two or three years that has got them the results and got them success.

"You hope they have an off day and we get amongst them, make it uncomfortable and we try and drive the game forward when we have the opportunity to."

United were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Sunderland on Wednesday but Wilder is keen that his players do not shrink from the challenge of facing Liverpool, who boast a perfect record and a five-point lead in the Premier League after six matches.

"I don't want to look at this game with our players starry eyed, and speaking to their players before and saying, 'Can I swap shirts?' and 'Any chance of signing this?'," he said.

"We're in this game on a level playing field, in terms of a Premier League fixture. Of course there's enormous gaps between both clubs at the moment and we're trying to make that gap a little bit closer.

"My players don't get the results that they've achieved over the last three years without wanting to win and looking at the next game as a big challenge, regardless of the opposition."

Manchester City claimed their biggest-ever top-flight victory with an 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday to move within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to Bernardo Silva’s hat-trick.

A 3-2 defeat away to Norwich City last time out had raised questions about the hunger in Pep Guardiola's squad, but they responded with a brutal dismantling of the Hornets on home turf.

Liverpool will restore their five-point cushion at the top if they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Leicester City two points behind Guardiola's side after a 2-1 win over Tottenham.

In the day's other matches, Burnley moved up to seventh with a routine 2-0 home win over Norwich, while Everton lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield United.

DEVASTATING CITY BACK TO THEIR BEST

City's defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road had been their first since January, but any concerns it was anything more than a minor blip were pointedly answered by Guardiola's men against Watford.

The swagger with which City brushed aside Watford to take a 5-0 lead inside 18 minutes was a reminder of the defending Premier League champions' quality and ruthlessness.

David Silva opened the scoring in the first minute of the game and that was followed by a Sergio Aguero penalty six minutes later – his 100th league goal at the Etihad Stadium.

Watford's defenders were left in a daze by City's slick interchanges as three goals – scored by Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo and Nicolas Otamendi – blew the visitors away.

The second half could have been something of an anti-climax, but Bernardo notched his hat-trick before the sensational Kevin De Bruyne rounded off the scoring.

LEICESTER FIGHT BACK DESPITE VAR

Mauricio Pochettino's 250th Premier League game in charge of Tottenham ended in defeat as his side's away day blues continued at the King Power Stadium in a match dominated by VAR.

Spurs have been memorable beneficiaries of the VAR review system in draws against Manchester City – most famously in a dramatic climax to their Champions League quarter-final second leg last season.

However, when Serge Aurier's goal was disallowed at the King Power Stadium because of the tightest of offside decisions against Son Heung-min when they were 1-0 up thanks to Harry Kane, it took the wind out of their sails.

Leicester were re-energised and after they equalised through Ricardo Pereira they took all three points thanks to a sublime low strike from James Maddison.

The Foxes themselves had earlier been denied a goal when the score was 0-0, after Wilfred Ndidi bundled in from close range only for it to be chalked off by VAR for offside against Ayoze Perez.

BLADES SLICE THROUGH TOFFEES

It was a tetchy day at Goodison Park as Everton suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League against newly promoted Sheffield United.

An own goal from Colombian defender Yerry Mina, who headed in an Oliver Norwood corner, came against the run of play, but the Toffees were unable to find a way back despite long spells of pressure.

When Lys Mousset slotted in his first goal for the Blades with 11 minutes to go it was start of grumbles from the Everton fans about whether Marco Silva is the man to take them forward as they started to stream towards the exits. They became boos when the full-time whistle was blown.

Chris Wilder's side, meanwhile, leapfrogged the Blues into the comfort of mid-table.

CLARETS ENJOY HOME COMFORTS

Burnley's ability to punch above their weight in the Premier League in recent seasons has been largely down to their impressive results at Turf Moor. 

A typically dogged and disciplined display from Sean Dyche's men secured another three points and lifted them up to seventh in the table.

Victory was secured thanks to two goals in four minutes from powerful striker Chris Wood, as Norwich failed to hit the heights of their previous win over Man City.

Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud says the club could take investment from the 'very respectable' Bin Laden family.

One of Saudi Arabia's most influential and richest families, the Bin Laden name will always be indelibly associated with Osama Bin Laden's terrorist acts.

According to reports, the Bin Laden family previously loaned Sheffield United £3million and Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah, who this week won an ownership battle with Kevin McCabe, could turn to them again.

"I really am offended when the Bin Laden family are given a bad name," Prince Abdullah told a news conference. "They are a very respectable family.

"It is a really good family. It had a black sheep, as most families do, but it's a really respectable family and if I do business with them again, I'd be happy to.

"It's not a disgraced name.

"The [Bin Laden] family were looking to buy Kevin's shares, and the money they put was a down-payment to give them time to do due diligence.

"If they decided not to buy, the money was to be used as a loan for a year without any interest.

"I'm usually tolerant but when people talk about Bin Laden as a dirty family I get offended. It's not my family to support but I think it's the right thing to say."

Prince Musa'ad bin Khalid bin Musa'ad Al Sa'ud, Prince Abdullah's 26-year-old son-in-law, becomes Sheffield United chairman after McCabe lost his battle for Blades ownership in the High Court.

Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has won a High Court case to settle the ownership of Sheffield United.

The Saudi prince and businessman had been involved in a lengthy dispute with co-owner Kevin McCabe over the majority ownership of the Premier League club.

McCabe gave Prince Abdullah a 50 per cent stake in United's parent company Blades Leisure Limited (BLL), but the Englishman attempted to mount a takeover bid after a breakdown in the pair's relationship.

Prince Abdullah lodged a counter bid, which McCabe refused to process, but after three months to consider the evidence presented in the case, Mr Justice Fancourt published his findings in the prince's favour.

"This morning [Monday], the High Court issued its judgement requiring Sheffield United Limited (SUL) to sell its shares of Blades Leisure Limited to me and dismissing all of the claims which SUL has made against me and my lawyer," a statement from Prince Abdullah read.

"I am delighted that this judgement brings to an end the uncertainty over Sheffield United's future. Our manager Chris Wilder and the team are off to a promising start and we can now focus on this vital Premier League season under stable ownership.

"When I first became involved with Sheffield United, I said that the Premier League should be our target, even though we were in League One.

"I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together over the past six years. As we turn a new page at Bramall Lane, my first priority is to secure our position in the top tier for many years to come.

"To help realise that ambition, I am fully committed to continued investment in both the first team and the academy and to bringing best practices and the highest standards of management to the club."

 

During June's hearing, it was revealed a member of the bin Laden family had been in discussions with the prince regarding financial support, and McCabe remains sceptical that Abdullah is an "appropriate" owner of the club.

"Kevin McCabe is bitterly disappointed with the outcome of today’s judgment," the spokesperson said.

"Kevin feels a deep sense of betrayal and is in a state of shock about the way that he has been treated by Prince Abdullah and he now deeply regrets going into business with him.

"Mr McCabe sincerely hopes that he is proved wrong in relation to his deep misgivings about the suitability of Prince Abdullah as an appropriate custodian of Sheffield United."

Manchester City lost in the Premier League for the first time since January as a 3-2 defeat at injury-hit Norwich City left them five points behind leaders Liverpool in the title race.

The Reds extended their perfect run to five wins from five with a 3-1 comeback victory at home to Newcastle United in Saturday's early kick-off.

And that victory was given even more importance when the Canaries rocked the champions at Carrow Road despite being without 11 players who are in the treatment room.

There were also big wins for Tottenham and Chelsea, Manchester United handed Leicester City their first defeat of the season, Southampton won at 10-man Sheffield United and Burnley struck late to claim a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion.

LAPORTE LOSS HURTS CHAMPIONS

Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out for six months after surgery on his right knee and City's diabolical defensive performance indicated the centre-back will be horribly missed.

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi were all at fault at various times as goals from Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and August's Premier League player of the month Teemu Pukki earned Norwich a deserved victory against massive odds.

Pep Guardiola began with Kevin De Bruyne on the bench ahead of the Champions League starting next week and the decision backfired as City looked lost without their midfield talisman, although Sergio Aguero and Rodri struck to spark hopes of a comeback.

It is early days in the title race, but Liverpool are already looking very strong while City's weaknesses were ruthlessly exposed by Norwich in their second home win of the season.


FIVE IN A ROW FOR REDS

Newcastle United took a shock early lead at Anfield thanks to a thunderbolt from left-back Jetro Willems, but that proved as good as it got for Steve Bruce's men as they went down 3-1 to leaders Liverpool.

Sadio Mane was inspirational as the Senegal star scored twice to turn the game on its head, his second thanks to poor goalkeeping from Martin Dubravka, before Mohamed Salah wrapped things up.

With a perfect record from their five fixtures in 2019-20, Liverpool are up to 14 straight wins in the Premier League – and they are the first team in the competition's history to do so scoring more than once in each game.

This result moved them five points clear at the top and the European champions could hardly be in better shape ahead of beginning their Champions League defence away to Napoli on Tuesday.


SPURS AND CHELSEA RUN RIOT

At half-time, Spurs were 4-0 up at home to Crystal Palace while Chelsea were 3-0 up away to winless Wolves, Fiyako Tomori netting a stunner with Abraham scoring at least twice for the third Premier League game in a row.

He went one better after the break to set a record for the Blues, though a touch of the shine was taken off his performance when he put through an own goal to hand Wolves a consolation, which they added to through Patrick Cutrone.

Abraham, now the top scorer this season with seven strikes, is the first player in the history of the Premier League to score a hat-trick as well as an own goal in the same game, with fellow England talent Mason Mount also on target late on.

Son Heung-min proved unstoppable for the Eagles, with the South Korea star involved in Spurs' first three goals before Harry Kane set up Erik Lamela to make it four.

It was a much-needed three points for Spurs, who were on a three-game winless run, with a trip to Olympiacos in the Champions League to come next for Mauricio Pochettino's side.


RASHFORD PENALTY SEES UNITED BOUNCE BACK

Like Spurs, United had failed to win any of their three league games going into the international break, but they showed resilience to edge a slim victory at home to Leicester despite being without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard.

Rashford won an early penalty when he was clumsily brought down by Caglar Soyuncu and, unlike in their 2-1 loss at home to Palace, this time he converted from 12 yards to condemn the Foxes to their first defeat of the season.

Moussa Djenepo's excellent goal earned Southampton a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane, where the Blades were cut down to 10 men when substitute striker Billy Sharp was dismissed for a challenge on Stuart Armstrong.

Brighton looked to be heading for their first home league win since March 2 thanks to Neal Maupay's controlled volley but Burnley substitute Jeff Hendrick marked his 100th Premier League appearance with a stunning late equaliser.

In the first minute of added time, the Republic of Ireland midfielder collected a lay-off from Matej Vydra to rifle a first-time drive into the bottom-right corner from 25 yards.

Tammy Abraham hit his first Premier League hat-trick as Chelsea routed Wolves, while Liverpool extended their 100 per cent record at the top of the table.

The England striker became Chelsea's youngest hat-trick scorer in the Premier League era and also netted at the wrong end as Nuno Espirito Santo's side crumbled to a 5-2 loss at Molineux.

There was a heavy victory for Tottenham, who hammered Crystal Palace 4-0 at home, and Harry Maguire helped Manchester United beat his old club Leicester City 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, Southampton triumphed 1-0 at 10-man Sheffield United and Burnley struck late to claim a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on another busy Saturday of Premier League action.


FIVE IN A ROW FOR REDS

Newcastle United took a shock early lead at Anfield thanks to a thunderbolt from left-back Jetro Willems, but that proved as good as it got for Steve Bruce's men as they went down 3-1 to leaders Liverpool.

Sadio Mane was inspirational as the Senegal star scored twice to turn the game on its head, his second thanks to poor goalkeeping from Martin Dubravka, before Mohamed Salah wrapped things up.

With a perfect record from their five fixtures in 2019-20, Liverpool are up to 14 straight wins in the Premier League – and they are the first team in the competition's history to do so scoring more than once in each game.

This result moved them five points clear at the top, although Manchester City are at a depleted Norwich City later in the day, and the European champions could hardly be in better shape ahead of beginning their Champions League defence away to Napoli on Tuesday.


SPURS AND CHELSEA RUN RIOT

At half-time, Spurs were 4-0 up at home to Crystal Palace while Chelsea were 3-0 up away to winless Wolves, Fiyako Tomori netting a stunner with Abraham scoring at least twice for the third Premier League game in a row.

He went one better after the break to set a record for the Blues, though a touch of the shine was taken off his performance when he put through an own goal to hand Wolves a consolation, which they added to through Patrick Cutrone.

Abraham, now the top scorer this season with seven strikes, is the first player in the history of the Premier League to score a hat-trick as well as an own goal in the same game, with fellow England talent Mason Mount also on target late on.

Son Heung-min proved unstoppable for the Eagles, with the South Korea star involved in Spurs' first three goals before Harry Kane set up Erik Lamela to make it four.

It was a much-needed three points for Spurs, who were on a three-game winless run, with a trip to Olympiacos in the Champions League to come next for Mauricio Pochettino's side.


RASHFORD PENALTY SEES UNITED BOUNCE BACK

Like Spurs, United had failed to win any of their three league games going into the international break, but they showed resilience to edge a slim victory at home to Leicester despite being without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard.

Rashford won an early penalty when he was clumsily brought down by Caglar Soyuncu and, unlike in their 2-1 loss at home to Palace, this time he converted from 12 yards to condemn the Foxes to their first defeat of the season.

Moussa Djenepo's excellent goal earned Southampton a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane, where the Blades were cut down to 10 men when substitute striker Billy Sharp was dismissed for a challenge on Stuart Armstrong.

Brighton looked to be heading for their first home league win since March 2 thanks to Neal Maupay's controlled volley but Burnley substitute Jeff Hendrick marked his 100th Premier League appearance with a stunning late equaliser.

In the first minute of added time, the Republic of Ireland midfielder collected a lay-off from Matej Vydra to rifle a first-time drive into the bottom-right corner from 25 yards.

Frank Lampard revealed Chelsea are set to speak to social media companies in a bid to crack down on racism after Kurt Zouma became the latest Premier League player to suffer appalling abuse on Twitter.

Zouma scored an 89th-minute own goal on Saturday as Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

In the immediate aftermath of the equaliser, a number of racial slurs against Zouma could be seen on Twitter.

Fellow Chelsea player Tammy Abraham and Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have been subjected to similar abuse this season after missing penalties for their respective teams.

Asked if Chelsea would meet with social media companies in light of the latest posts, Lampard said in a news conference: "I think we have plans to do that."

He added: "I am probably going over old ground from Tammy. Firstly it is [the responsibility of] the person who does it, whoever is hiding.

"Then it is on the social media platforms, to give them some accountability to people who register and can be chased down for it. It is important.

"If there is no culpability to anybody then anyone can say anything. I don't care if it's racism, calling names, homophobia, sexism, everything. Unfortunately among society it is out there and it has to be dealt with."

Earlier this week, United midfielder Pogba uploaded a Twitter post in response to racism directed towards him.

"My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football," wrote the World Cup winner.

"Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation."

A disgruntled Frank Lampard knows Chelsea simply cannot afford the sort of slip-up that saw them give away a two-goal lead against Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Blues looked set to ease to victory over their newly promoted opponents when the in-form Tammy Abraham scored twice before the break at Stamford Bridge. 

However, Callum Robinson pulled one back in the first minute of the second period and Chelsea were left stunned when Lys Mousset's effort went in off Kurt Zouma in the 89th minute to earn the Blades a 2-2 draw.

"It was under control, it is our fault because we gifted them a goal in the first minute of the second half and then it makes the game more difficult," said Lampard, whose side have picked up just five points from their first four Premier League matches.

"We gave away a game that should have been very, very comfortable.

"There is no chance that game should be able to swing like that from our point of view. We shouldn't give them an opportunity to come back in the game. In fact we should be taking it further away from them.

"That's no disrespect to Sheffield United, they're a good team and we gave them the possibilities to hurt us. We allowed that when really we should have been closing the game out. The players know that very well now."

Much has been made of Chelsea's reliance on youth this term as the club cope with a transfer ban.

Their starting line-up on Saturday had an average age of 24 years and 158 days, their youngest in a Premier League match, but Lampard said that could not be used an excuse for Chelsea failing to claim victory.

"We want to win games, so the emergence of youth is one thing but winning games for Chelsea is another and when you are 2-0 up at half-time at home, you should win the game, it's as simple as that," he added.

"Of course there's going to be a process... we know that maybe with younger players there will be moments where we have to be a little bit patient, but we had more than enough on the pitch to win a game that we're 2-0 up in."

In contrast to Lampard, United boss Chris Wilder was predictably delighted.

He told BBC Sport: "After being 2-0 down, a point is a great result for us. That shows you what the character in this team is like."

Manchester United and Chelsea fell further off the pace in the Premier League as they lost leads in disappointing draws on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were unable to retain their advantage as they drew 1-1 at Southampton, while Chelsea slipped from 2-0 up in a dramatic encounter with promoted Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City thumped Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0, while Liverpool will meet Burnley in the last game of the day.

Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Ham were also winners, while Newcastle United and Watford drew 1-1.

 

BLADES COMEBACK STUNS CHELSEA

Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first home win as Chelsea boss after the Blues somehow failed to hold on against Sheffield United.

Kurt Zouma's own goal one minute from time saw the Blades claim a famous point. Callum Robinson had earlier reduced the deficit for the visitors, while he and substitute Lys Mousset were involved as the ball diverted in off Zouma's shin with the clock ticking down.

Tammy Abraham had scored twice before half-time to seemingly put Chelsea on course for victory, but instead they remain behind their opponents in the table on just five points from four games.


MAN UNITED DENIED AFTER SUPERB JAMES OPENER

Daniel James produced an excellent finish to score his third Manchester United goal and give his side a 10th-minute advantage at Southampton.

But the 10-man hosts ensured Solskjaer has now gone three straight league games without a win as Jannik Vestergaard sent in a towering header just before the hour mark.

United could not find a winner even after Kevin Danso's dismissal in the 73rd minute, the left-back picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Scott McTominay.


LAPORTE A WORRY AS AGUERO INSPIRES MAN CITY

City's win over Brighton was straightforward from the moment Kevin De Bruyne gave them the lead after 68 seconds.

The Belgium international then set up the first of two goals for Sergio Aguero either side of half-time, the other created by David Silva, who had also laid on the opener.

Aguero, who now has six goals in four games, then turned provider with 11 minutes remaining as he set up Bernardo Silva.

However, City's win came at a cost, with defender Aymeric Laporte leaving the field on a stretcher due to a suspected knee injury after colliding with Adam Webster.

City later confirmed Laporte had been hospitalised, with a diagnosis on the severity of his problem to follow.

 

VARDY BOOSTS IMPRESSIVE LEICESTER 

Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy's double inspired Leicester to a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium.

He scored in each half as well as assisting Youri Tielemans' goal for the unbeaten Foxes, with the former England striker's first effort a wonderful lob. Callum Wilson netted for Bournemouth, who have won only one of their first four games.

Crystal Palace followed up their win over Manchester United last week with a 1-0 home victory over Aston Villa, which arrived courtesy of Jordan Ayew's strike 17 minutes from time. Trezeguet was sent off for the visitors early in the second half.

It is three wins in a row across all competitions for West Ham after in-form Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko gave them a 2-0 home triumph over Norwich City.

Will Hughes scored after 78 seconds for Watford, who had to settle for a first point of the season rather than a maiden victory after Fabian Schar cancelled out his effort for Newcastle.

Frank Lampard was denied his first home win as Chelsea manager as Kurt Zouma's 89th-minute own goal enabled Sheffield United to complete an unexpected comeback and claim a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had looked in a comfortable position on Saturday when striker Tammy Abraham scored twice before half-time.

However, Callum Robinson pulled a goal back for United with a close-range finish in the first minute of the second period.

French forward Lys Mousset, a 79th-minute substitute, then played a key role in earning the Blades a surprise point when he connected with a Robinson cross and saw the ball deflect in off Zouma's shin.

Abraham opened the scoring as Chelsea made their superiority in the early stages of the game count.

United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, under pressure from Christian Pulisic, fumbled Abraham’s initial header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s high floating cross. Abraham was the quickest to react and from just outside the six-yard box he hooked the ball into the net on the half volley.

The Blades missed a great chance to equalise when Robinson's diving header from Chris Basham's cross went wide and Chelsea made them pay just before half-time as Abraham struck again.

Blades defenders Jack O'Connell and John Egan collided with each other as they challenged for the same ball, which allowed Abraham to break clear and crisply strike the ball past Henderson.

Robinson made up for his earlier miss when he pulled one back for the Blades almost immediately after the restart.

Enda Stevens got past Azpilicueta and delivered a teasing low cross into the box, which Robinson steered past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Robinson then turned provider when his low cross was met by Mousset, who saw his effort go into the net off Zouma to deny Chelsea victory.

 

What it means: Chelsea unable to generate momentum

A 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on the opening day of the season was a nightmare start to Lampard's tenure as Chelsea manager.

With only two draws and a victory since then, things are not looking that much rosier.

Chelsea will face much sterner tests than Chris Wilder's newly-promoted side but they were unable to secure a first win on home soil and generate some positive momentum for Lampard in their battle to secure a top-four spot.

United can be proud of a disciplined performance and Wilder would no doubt have settled for five points from their first four games. 

Abraham looking lethal

Loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa in the past few seasons have helped Abraham smooth out the rough edges and he now looks a polished striker.

Lampard might have been tempted to sign a centre forward, had Chelsea not been hit by a transfer ban, which would have most likely restricted Abraham's opportunities.

However, if the 21-year-old can maintain this kind of form, he looks to have saved the Chelsea boss a fortune. 

The departure of Eden Hazard undoubtedly left a large void at Stamford Bridge, but Abraham showed he can go some way to filling the Belgian's boots.

Robinson catches the eye

Robinson missed a good chance towards the end of the first half and the Blades striker could easily have sulked and bemoaned his luck.

Instead, he quickly put the miss behind him as he chased, harried and continued to try to sniff out goalscoring chances.

His quick-wittedness was rewarded a minute after the break as he equalised to give United a foothold in the game when perhaps the game might have become a formality for Chelsea.

The 24-year-old former Preston forward might not be the most prolific goalscorer but will get his fair share if he continues to display such positive intent.

What's next?

After the international break, Sheffield United host Southampton at Bramall Lane on September 14. 

Chelsea are in league action on the same day with a difficult away trip to Wolves. Three days later they welcome Spanish side Valencia to Stamford Bridge in their opening Champions League fixture.

Crystal Palace recorded the biggest shock of the new Premier League season by winning away to Manchester United thanks to Patrick van Aanholt's stoppage-time strike.

Roy Hodgson's men had taken only one point from their opening two games but triumphed 2-1 at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford missing the first penalty of his career.

Chelsea recorded their first victory under Frank Lampard by winning 3-2 away to Norwich City in the early game, with table-toppers Liverpool and Arsenal facing off in the late kick-off.

Prior to the game at Anfield, all five away teams won in the top flight on Saturday - Southampton, Leicester City and West Ham defeated Brighton and Hove Albion, Sheffield United and Watford respectively.

PENALTY PROBLEMS PERSIST FOR SOLSKJAER'S SIDE

United dominated at home to Palace, yet lost Luke Shaw to injury and found themselves beaten by a pair of goals scored on the break – securing Palace their maiden Premier League victory at the home of the Red Devils.

Having been pegged back at Wolves on Monday, United again struggled for attacking fluency. Rashford endured a difficult day in attack and Jordan Ayew's first-half goal opened the scoring against the run of play.

Replays appeared to show United should have been given a penalty when Martin Kelly seemed to drag Anthony Martial to the ground in the box, but they could not take advantage when Paul Tierney did point to the spot when Luka Milivojevic felled Scott McTominay.

Paul Pogba failed to score a penalty at Molineux after Rashford threw him the ball and this time the England striker stepped up, his effort crashing back off the inside of the post.

United did level late on, Daniel James curling home a beauty after he was booked for simulation for the second time this term, but Palace snatched it at the death when David de Gea let Van Aanholt's drive through his hands.


YOUNG LIONS GET LAMPARD UP AND RUNNING

Chelsea were winless in their first three games under Frank Lampard but triumphed in a five-goal thriller at Carrow Road thanks to two of their youngsters.

Mason Mount scored for the second Premier League game in a row yet it was Tammy Abraham who grabbed the headlines with a brace, including the winner.

Norwich equalised twice, the second time thanks to Teemu Pukki's fifth Premier League goal of the season, but were overpowered by the Blues in the end.

HALLER OFF THE MARK AS WATFORD LOSE AGAIN

Sebastien Haller scored his first Premier League goals as he scored twice in West Ham's 3-1 win at Watford, with Javi Gracia's side bottom of the table following a third straight defeat.

Southampton were also without a point after two matches but Moussa Djenepo inspired them to a 2-0 victory at Brighton, scoring within two minutes of his arrival as a second-half substitute. Nathan Redmond wrapped up the result in added time.

Harvey Barnes' stunning strike earned Leicester their first Premier League win of the season, firing home a first-time thunderbolt after Oliver McBurnie's header cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener at Bramall Lane.

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