Much of the talk ahead of Week 2 of the Premier League season surrounded Manchester United and Manchester City, with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho aiming a dig at last season’s champions following the release of their “disrespectful” ‘All Or Nothing’ documentary series.
After opening-weekend victories for both Manchester sides, United followed up their 2-1 win over Leicester City with a surprising 3-2 defeat away to Brighton, while City continued their impressive start to the campaign by running riot with a 6-1 victory against Huddersfield Town.
In the absence of inspirational midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who will be out for around three months with a knee injury, Pep Guardiola’s men were in need of a talisman against a side they failed to score against at the Etihad Stadium in May – and they found just that in Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine opened the scoring in the 25th minute against the Terriers when he latched onto a long pass from City goalkeeper Ederson before lifting the ball over Ben Hamer, and he doubled his tally 10 minutes later after capitalising on a mistake from Hamer to finish impressively from close range.
With 15 minutes to go, City’s go-to goalscorer completed the 13th hat-trick of his career when he flicked home a cross from Benjamin Mendy, meaning he finished the weekend with 14 EPL Fantasy points – double the amount that any other Premier League player achieved on Saturday or Sunday.
Valued at 14.00m, you might have been wondering at the start of the campaign if the 30-year-old was really worth that kind of money – only Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane are more expensive – but he is already starting to repay fantasy players just two weeks into the new season.
Guardiola praised the goalscoring exploits of his striker following the thumping win over Huddersfield, saying in post-match interviews that he had never seen his player in such “incredible condition with the ball and without the ball” during their time working together.
Next up in the Premier League for City, they face Wolves (A), Newcastle United (H), Fulham (H) and Cardiff City (A), which means they take on all three newly promoted teams in their next four games, before matches against Brighton (H), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H) and Tottenham (A) before the end of October.
If that run of fixtures (and Sunday’s performance) doesn’t persuade you to put Aguero in your team, nothing will.
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