5 things we learned from the opening round of the English Premier League

A new-look Manchester United shot to the top of the table, Chelsea crumbled and Huddersfield made the perfect start. Here are some of the talking points from an action-packed weekend of English football.

Manchester United make a statement

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While dreary draws were so often a feature for Jose Mourinho's men last season, this was a performance to savour at Old Trafford. Sure, West Ham are hardly a team that will be challenging for the title, but this was an early-season marker for the Red Devils.

New striker Romelu Lukaku scored two quality goals, Nemanja Matic patrolled the midfield, and Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial got on the scoresheet. With Henrikh Mkhitaryan also in good touch, this was a great start from United.

Arsenal survive with a crucial escape

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The mood at Emirates Stadium is always fragile with Arsene Wenger at the helm, and that's why this win was so important.

Trailing 2-1, and then 3-2, it seemed the 'Wenger Out' banners would be unveiled just one game in. But French striker Alexandre Lacazette hit the ground running with a goal, and it was Olivier Giroud who popped up with a late winner to rescue The Gunners.

Instead of slumping to an early defeat, Arsenal are underway, and they've still got the return of Alexis Sanchez to look forward to as well.

Chelsea get off to a shaky start

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Chelsea's Gary Cahill is shown a red card by Referee Craig Pawson after a challenge on Burnley's Steven Defour during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images)
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This was not how their title defence was meant to start. A dodgy 3-2 loss at home to Burnley, with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas both red-carded. Antonio Conte sprung a surprise by giving a start to youngster Jeremie Boga, perhaps showing Roman Abramovich why he wants more signings.

With Eden Hazard still recovering from an ankle injury, the start of the season is set to be a challenging test for Chelsea, and this was a worrying start.

However, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Spanish striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench to get his goal tally underway, and he'll be a crucial player in the weeks to come.

Can Wayne Rooney spark something at Everton?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Wayne Rooney of Everton celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
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The England striker got on the scoresheet in his return to Goodison Park, as Everton grabbed a 1-0 win over Stoke. It was the perfect start for the former Manchester United man, and he could play a big part in a revitilised Everton side.

Question marks remain over his consistency, but he still has plenty of quality. His performances could very well be the difference between a mid-table finish or a spot in the top six for Everton. 

Huddersfield living the dream

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The Terriers haven't been in the top division since 1972, and they celebrated their return with a 3-0 away win against Crystal Palace. Striker Steve Mounié got on the scoresheet twice to stun the fans at Selhurst Park, and get the newly promoted side off to the best possible start.

While it's a long season and there's every chance Huddersfield will end up fighting a relegation battle, they're deservedly basking in the glory of a victory as they outshone fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton.

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