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Premier League 2018/19: 5 interesting stats from gameweek 1

16 Aug 2018, 23:39 IST

#3 Pogba scores, Manchester United win

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League
Pogba made no mistake from the spot

Recently, all the news portals and transfer gossips were all centred around one player: Paul Pogba. The Frenchman wanting a move away from Manchester United was the talk of the town.

Putting all the rumours to bed, Pogba entered Old Trafford with the captain's armband and led Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City, scoring United's 1st goal of the season from the penalty spot.

This was the 11th time that Pogba has scored in a Premier League game and amazingly, Manchester United have won them all. He is now the joint leader alongside Ryan Babel (11 goals scored, 11 won).

#4 Sadio Mane's love affair with the opening fixture continues

Liverpool FC v West Ham United - Premier League
Mane scored a brace as Liverpool were off and running with a comfortable 4-0 win

Sadio Mane became only the 6th player in the league's history to score on 3 successive opening day fixtures, as he scored twice in Liverpool's 4-0 win over West Ham.

Only former Manchester United and Tottenham star Teddy Sheringham has managed more, having scored on four successive opening day matches from 1992/93 to 1995/96.

Others who managed the feat on 3 successive occasions include Louis Saha (2001/02 - 2003/04), Thiery Henry (2001/02 - 2003/04), Alan Shearer (2002/03 - 2004/05) and David Silva (2013/14 - 2015/16).

#5 Daniel Sturridge makes an impact

Liverpool FC v West Ham United - Premier League
Sturridge made an immediate impact

Daniel Sturridge became only the 2nd player to score inside 30 seconds of coming on as a substitute on the opening day since the 2007/08 season as he stamped his name on the scoresheet with a traditional poacher's goal in a 4-0 victory for his side.

To be precise, Sturridge took only 24 seconds to score his 1st goal of the season. However, Matt Derbyshire of Blackburn Rovers holds the record for the quickest goal by a substitute as he scored just 22 seconds after coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the 2007/08 season.

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