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3 things Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal taught us today

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal all contested the first Super Sunday of the season as the Premier League arrived back on our screens with a bang.

Three of the biggest teams in the league got their campaigns underway after contrasting summers at Old Trafford, Anfield and the Emirates.

Early on in the day, the Red Devils took their superstar squad down to the South Coast in order to take on a hugely competitive Bournemouth side.

While it was barely a vintage performance for the club, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company flexed their muscles as they ran out fairly comfortable 3-1 winners.

Hours later, North London witnessed a goal fest as Liverpool edged a typically fragile home side, winning 4-3.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were fantastic to watch at side, though the defensive frailty that dogged them so much in his opening few months in charge remains prevalent.

So, what else did we learn today?

Herrera – Pass Master


With Paul Pogba now a Manchester United player, a lot of talk has centred around as to who will partner the Frenchman in the engine room.

Numerous names have been mooted, though Ander Herrera today emerged as a potential deep-lying playmaking option.

Dropping deep and acting as somewhat of a quarter-back, the Spaniard kept possession ticking over at all times, performing a role not often seen since his move from Atletico Bilbao in 2014.

Composed on the ball, he could provide a natural foil for the marauding Pogba.

Counting on Coutinho


Since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014, Liverpool have lacked someone to provide real star quality often enough.

Though the team as a whole is obviously stronger in more general areas, a club the magnitude of the Reds is best served boasting a talisman in which others can feed off.

Slowly but surely, Philippe Coutinho is developing into exactly that man.

The Brazilian, prior to his injury, was majestic this afternoon, notching twice in the goal glut.

Unable to impose himself on proceedings for the opening period, the 24-year old popped up with a moment of magic in his glorious free-kick, before growing into the game.

Barcelona must be casting keen eyes over him.

Zlatan as Blockbuster as they come


With all due respect to Bournemouth, harder tests will come as Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks to prove himself in the Premier League.

Despite the Swede’s standing as one of the elite talents in European football for much of the past decade, he has always had doubts directed about him about his suitability when truly tested.

Early days of course, though the 34-year old was quite excellent on the South Coast today, showing he could deal with the physicality of life in these isles.

Some of the trademark flicks and tricks, as well as an absolute stonker of a goal suggested the former Barcelona man can do it in England.

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