By the numbers - City record their biggest win as United's away woes continue
Manchester City roared back to form with their biggest Premier League win in history against a hapless Watford, but Liverpool continued to be the PL pacesetters, records tumbling in their wake in an entertaining 2-1 win away to Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Barcelona produced another lacklustre performance, one that even Lionel Messi couldn't salvage after coming off the bench, while in Italy, the Derby della Madonnina saw Antonio Conte's Inter walk away with the bragging rights.
Here are some of the best numbers from the weekend.
Over in England
Liverpool have become the first side in PL history to win their first six matches in consecutive seasons. In 2018, they had won their first six matches, only for that streak to be broken by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 1-1 draw. Frank Lampard's Chelsea gave it a good go, particularly in the second half, but Liverpool's proficiency off set pieces won the day for them. Speaking of which...
When Andrew Robertson floated in a cross for Roberto Firmino to put Liverpool 2-0 ahead, it was his 18th assist since the 2017-18 season, the most for any defender. His teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose thundering free-kick had provided Liverpool the lead early in the game, comes in second during this period with 15, while Cesar Azpilicueta's assist for N'Golo Kante's goal for Chelsea was his 13th, the third-most for a defender during this period.
A personal milestone of sorts for Jurgen Klopp, as his side gave him a 92nd win in his 150th game as PL manager -- he also has 20 defeats and 38 drawn games. Among managers with 150 or more PL games, only Jose Mourinho's 105 wins were more than what Klopp has managed at this stage, with Sir Alex Ferguson placed third with 90. This was also Liverpool's 15th-successive win in the league, which takes them into second place for the longest such streak in English top-flight history -- Manchester City had 18 successive wins in 2017.
Manchester City became the first team in PL history to have surged to a 5-0 lead inside just 18 minutes. They would go on to convert this into an 8-0 walloping of Watford, their best ever performance in a PL game. The record for a PL match still stands with Manchester United, who beat Ipswich 9-0 in 1995, but City did draw level with four other similar margins of victory since ESPN's data set began in 2007-08: Tottenham over Wigan (9-1, 2009), Chelsea against Wigan (2010), Chelsea against Aston Villa (2012) and Southampton over Sunderland (2014, all of them 8-0).
Also, Sergio Aguero is also now the first player in PL history to have scored in each of the first six games of the season.
While Aguero leads the PL Golden Boot race at the moment with his eight goals, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his seventh to join Tammy Abraham in second place, and helped complete a dramatic 3-2 win against Aston Villa at home for Arsenal. It was a match where Arsenal trailed twice, and their most expensive signing Nicolas Pepe also landed his first PL goal in his sixth match. This was Arsenal's first win in over two years in a PL game they trailed in entering the 80th minute -- they had completed a remarkable 4-3 win against Leicester City on the opening day of the 2017-18 season while trailing 2-3. Their record since then in 28 similar matches was 24 losses, four draws.
Manchester United's winless streak on the road in PL extends to seven matches, with a 2-0 defeat away to West Ham United their fourth defeat in those matches, which have come since February of this year. In fact, the loss meant it has now crossed the 200-day mark since United won any competitive fixture on the road -- their last such win was on March 6 away to PSG in a Champions League fixture.
In PL history, this matches United's poorest away form, since Louis Van Gaal oversaw seven successive winless games on the road between April and November of 2014. For West Ham, this was their first clean sheet in a win against United in all competitions in nine years -- they had last shut their opponents out in a 4-0 League Cup win in 2010.
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With Messi starting off the bench, Luis Suarez failed to inspire Barcelona to a good performance on the road against Granada, and the 2-0 defeat saw them complete a winless streak (not unlike Manchester United) of seven matches across competitions, dating back to last season. This is the first time since March-May 2001 that Barca have gone seven games on the road without winning, and it was Granada's first win against Barca by two goals or more...since 1972!
Granada, whose win took them top of the La Liga table after the game, were organised well defensively, and limited Barca to under two shots for the second time in their last 10 La Liga matches, having been limited to one shot by Celta Vigo in April this year. This was something that had happened just once in Barca's previous 339 league games over the past season.
And finally, in Italy
Romelu Lukaku scored in Inter's 2-0 win against AC Milan on his derby debut, but Inter would do well to improve upon their record from their previous two seasons of having started the season with four straight wins -- they ended up finishing fourth on both those occasions. This was Inter's third straight win in the Derby della Madonnina, and manager Conte now has 10 matches unbeaten against Milan, including five straight wins, since a defeat in the 2007 Coppa Italia, while in charge of Arezzo.
Juventus registered a 2-1 win against Hellas Verona, with Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring to overcome a 1-0 deficit, and maintain a 23-match unbeaten streak at home in the Serie A for Juve, but it was also significant for Gigi Buffon's first competitive start for Juventus since a May 2018 game against the same opposition. This was Buffon's 641st Serie A game, and now leaves him just six shy of Paolo Maldini's record of 647.