Just 30 seconds into Jose Mourinho’s return, Manchester United trailed. A long ball over the top from Marcos Alonso seemed ill-fated with three defenders surrounding Pedro, but Chris Smalling never collected himself and Pedro snuck through, snatching the ball and rounding David De Gea to put the Blues up almost immediately. His goal is the fastest in the Premier League this season. The game exploded open following the goal, with Manchester United looking for an equalizer almost straight away. Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed over and Marcus Rashford caused problems down the left inside the opening 10 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko could face a ban for his elbow on Harry Arter during Spurs' 0-0 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday (22 October). The pair clashed late during the game and the midfielder escaped punishment after the referee, Craig Pawson, admitted to having missed the infringement, leaving the door open for the FA to take retrospective action. Sissoko's elbow caught Arter flush in the face while the two were contesting a ball near the touchline, and the midfiedler's reaction sparked a heated confrontation between the players of the two clubs. Tottenham take on Liverpool in the EFL Cup fourth round on Tuesday (25 October) and any retrospective action could see the French midfielder miss out on the clash against the Merseyside club.
Abdul Rahman Baba was introduced for the last 11 minutes by Markus Weinzierl as Schalke beat Mainz 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb could only manage one goal in 66 league appearances for parent club Tottenham Hotspur, but his loan move to Schalke has seemingly sparked a significant upturn in his goalscoring form, and after finding the net in their 1-1 draw with Augsburg last weekend, he scored twice as Schalke dispatched Mainz, the club of Nigeria international Leon Balogun. Super Eagles defender Balogun was at fault for Schalke’s second goal.