United held by Wolves, Manchester City thrash Cardiff

Here’s what happened in all the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon:

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

A sixth successive league victory took Jurgen Klopp’s side back to the top of the table as their perfect start continued against Southampton. Xherdhan Shaqiri marked his maiden start for the club with a hand in two first-half goals.

His deflected cross was turned in by Wesley Hoedt for the opener and a brilliant curling free-kick against the crossbar presented Mohamed Salah with a simple close-range effort for the third.

Either side of those, Joel Matip scored his first at Anfield, and his first anywhere since November, as Southampton were pulled apart by a Liverpoolside still nowhere near top gear.

Manchester United 1-1 Wolves

Sir Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Old Trafford on Saturday but Manchester United were unable to lay on a victory for their former manager, held 1-1 by a Wolves side who already look at home in the Premier League.

The acclaim afforded to the beaming Scot, back among the United faithful for the first time since undergoing brain surgery in May, was heartfelt and thunderous but the full-time whistle brought a more muted reaction as Jose Mourinho’s side lost further ground on the title chasers.

The Red Devils had taken the lead against the run of play when Paul Pogba’s gorgeous touch teed up Fred for his first goal in English football but the Frenchman was partially culpable for the move which led to Joao Moutinho’s classy second-half equaliser.

Cardiff 0-5 Manchester City

Manchester City bounced back from their Champions League defeat by coasting to an emphatic 5-0 win at Cardiff. Sergio Aguero – who was making his 300th City appearance – Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan struck inside 12 first-half minutes as Pep Guardiola’s side got that 2-1 shock midweek home defeat to Lyon out of their system.

Substitute Riyad Mahrez added two more in the second half with his first goals since leaving Leicester and becoming City’s record signing in the summer.

Cardiff’s defeat dropped them in to the relegation zone and the Bluebirds are still searching for their first win following promotion to the Premier League.

Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth

Burnley ended their miserable start to the Premier League season in style with a thumping win over Bournemouth at Turf Moor to climb off the bottom of the table. Four straight defeats and only one point from five games for last season’s seventh-placed finishers was their worst start to a top-flight campaign for nearly a century.

Quickfire goals from Matej Vydra on his full debut and Aaron Lennon late in the first half eased the nerves before substitute Ashley Barnes added a late double.

Leicester 3-1 Huddersfield

Huddersfield remain without a win this season and are bottom of the Premier League after squandering an early lead to lose 3-1 at Leicester. Mathias Jorgensen put the visitors in front early on with only their third goal of the campaign but Kelechi Iheanacho quickly equalised, marking his recall to the team with a goal.

Second-half goals from James Maddison and Jamie Vardy sealed victory for Leicester, who returned to winning ways following successive defeats.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle’s bad-tempered protests against Mike Ashley turned ugly when a bottle thrown onto the Selhurst Park pitch struck Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the two clubs’ goalless Premier League draw.

Palace are yet to win at home this season and wasted by far the better of the chances on the day in an admittedly low-quality affair.

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