Manchester United suffered a potentially significant blow after Luke Shaw sustained an apparent hamstring injury against Crystal Palace.

Left-back Shaw has been plagued by fitness problems throughout his United career and looks set for another spell on the sidelines.

Shaw darted forward just before the half-hour mark before offloading possession while clutching his right hamstring.

The England international walked off the pitch after receiving medical attention and, although he attempted to play on, Shaw was replaced by club captain Ashley Young in the 34th minute, just after Palace took the lead through Jordan Ayew.

United's backline had looked generally settled in the opening weeks of the season, with Shaw joined by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as the first-choice back four.

Shaw's injury is the first disruption of the season to that area of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.

He could also potentially now be a doubt for England's upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo in September, though he was not selected for the Nations League Finals earlier this year.

Tammy Abraham described scoring for Chelsea as a boyhood dream after his brace at Norwich City secured a breakthrough Premier League victory for Frank Lampard.

Recalled in place of Olivier Giroud, striker Abraham justified his coach's faith by netting twice in a 3-2 thriller at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The goals were his first for the club he joined as a junior and ended Lampard's winless start as Maurizio Sarri's successor.

Abraham opened the scoring in the third minute and finally finished off a vibrant Norwich with the only goal of the second half, his pace on the counter-attack catching out the Canaries.

"It's something I've always dreamed about doing," the 21-year-old told BT Sport.

"I've always wanted to play for my childhood club, be in the first team and score. That's what I did today so I'm over the moon."

Abraham has been one of the chief beneficiaries of Lampard's dedication to young players during the early part of his tenure.

Another, Mason Mount, scored for the second time in as many matches, the midfielder's emphatic finish sandwiched between goals from Todd Cantwell in Teemu Pukki during a pulsating four-goal first half.

Lampard will have concerns over the quality of his side's defending but Abraham admitted points were needed in any manner possible following the defeat to Manchester United and draw with Leicester City.

"I wouldn't say [it's a] relief but we knew we needed to win," the former Aston Villa loanee added.

"The first two games of the season weren't easy.

"We knew this game was very important, to get the first three points was massive for us."

Teemu Pukki became the 10th player to score in each of his first three Premier League appearances on Saturday - but his strike was not enough to prevent Chelsea winning at Carrow Road.

The 29-year-old struck in the 30th minute of Norwich City's clash with the Blues, his right-footed effort squirming through goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Pukki has enjoyed a wonderful start to life in the English top flight, netting in the opening day defeat to Liverpool and then plundering a hat-trick against Newcastle United in Norwich's first home outing.

However, his goal against the Blues came in a losing cause, as Norwich went down 3-2 in the early kick-off.

Still, Pavel Pogrebnyak at Reading is the only other player to score five goals in their first three appearances in the competition.

Diego Costa and Adrian Mutu both managed four in three at the start of their Chelsea careers, a feat also achieved by Brian Deane (Sheffield United), Mick Quinn (Coventry City), Michu (Swansea) and Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton).

Michael Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers) and Dalian Atkinson (Aston Villa), meanwhile, scored three times in their opening three outings.

When Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount fired Chelsea into the lead on a sunny afternoon at Norwich City, they became the first two English players aged 21 or under to score in a Premier League match for the Blues in 27 years.

Eddie Newton and Graham Stuart were the last pair to achieve the feat, back in August 1992, and since then Chelsea have become synonymous with international imports who flourish at the expense of academy graduates.

But the transformation taking place under Frank Lampard was epitomised by the manner of their early goals, first when Abraham had the poise and presence of mind to half-volley home in the third minute.

Mount's strike was even more emblematic of the spirit building at Stamford Bridge, the 20-year-old cutting inside his marker before rifling his second goal in as many games high into the net with all the confidence of a young player enjoying the freedom to express himself in a positive, attack-minded team.

That team was Chelsea's youngest in the Premier League since February 1994, with Ross Barkley's late inclusion as a replacement for Pedro bringing the average age down to 24 years and 208 days.

After defensive frailties and Norwich's opportunism pegged them back to 2-2 at half-time, Lampard's young charges swamped their hosts in the second half and, when they needed a winner, Abraham delivered with a fine finish from outside the box.

The goal capped a fine afternoon for Abraham and clinched a deserved Chelsea victory that left Blues supporters with several young, English reasons to be optimistic about the season ahead.

Abraham sets a precedent

Five goals in 31 appearances while on loan at Swansea City was Abraham's Premier League return prior to his second start of this season at Norwich and he converted his first opportunity of the afternoon with some style.

He went one better with his second, composing himself 20 yards from goal and shooting through the legs of Grant Hanley to beat Tim Krul and send a message not only to the rest of the division but to England manager Gareth Southgate.

Mount's ascent

Say it quietly, but Chelsea fans are starting to forget about Eden Hazard as Mount's abundant qualities apply ointment to the wound left by the Belgian's departure.

Goals in consecutive matches this season only tell part of the story, and what will delight Lampard as much as Mount's marksmanship is his intuitive interplay with Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic.

Barkley bouncing back

England midfielder Barkley started just 13 league games under Maurizio Sarri last season and is by no means guaranteed his place under Lampard.

But if the 25-year-old continues to offer the leadership qualities and engine room presence that were key to Chelsea's first win of the season, he will be difficult for the boss to overlook.

More starlets on the sidelines

Promising defender Fiyako Tomori watched the win at Norwich from the bench but he knows Lampard trusts him after being a regular in the Derby County team last season.

Lampard will welcome Callum Hudson-Odoi back into the fold in September, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek a little further behind in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles, and the Blues could be fielding a half-home-grown team before long.

Patience required, but Lampard must plug the leaks

A first league win of the season will relieve some of the pressure that was starting to creep into Lampard's dugout, but Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience.

The Chelsea owner will be pleased for his former captain and belief in the new project may be growing, but after seeing his side leak seven goals in three games the now stay-away owner would be justified in asking for some clean sheets in exchange for his faith.

Tammy Abraham gave Frank Lampard a first Premier League win in charge of Chelsea as the striker's two goals helped to secure a 3-2 triumph at Norwich City.

The recalled striker bookended the scoring at Carrow Road, lighting the fuse for a pulsating contest with a third-minute opener and later deciding the match with his 68th-minute finish.

Todd Cantwell's response 156 seconds after Abraham's first added to a theme of defensive instability which Mason Mount and Teemu Pukki capitalised upon in a four-goal first half.

Chelsea addressed their insecurities after the break and Lampard's faith in youth was well and truly rewarded by the end as his side avoided a fourth match without victory.

Abraham replaced Olivier Giroud in Chelsea's starting XI and quickly gained the goal he craved, meeting Cesar Azpilicueta's cross with a measured half-volley.

The lead lasted less than three minutes though.

Emiliano Buendia weaved away from markers and connected with Pukki, who squared for Cantwell to convert at close range.

Abraham had celebrated his opener with Lampard and there was further satisfaction for the Chelsea boss when midfielder Mount sliced through a suspect defence to score for the second straight match.

But the visitors were no less vulnerable, Pukki's intelligent finish from a narrow angle punishing Andreas Christensen's failure to hold the line 15 minutes before half-time.

The Blues began to assert greater authority after the interval and might have been rewarded had Emerson Palmieri shot either side of Tim Krul.

It was ultimately left to an academy product to provide all three points, though, as Abraham escaped on a counter-attack and held his nerve when confronted by two defenders.

Ben Godfrey gave the 21-year-old too much space for the match-winning strike but almost made amends with a header that crashed against the crossbar, Norwich going agonisingly close to a fourth point of the campaign.

 

What does it mean?

Norwich were on a high after brushing aside Newcastle United last weekend and will trouble plenty of strong sides this season.

While his team were unconvincing defensively, Lampard and Chelsea simply needed victory anyway they could get it and there were two homegrown talents to thank.

In Abraham and Mount, it is plain to see why the club legend is so willing to work with young players.

 

Abraham seals starting berth with crucial brace

Abraham's well-taken double made him the third youngest player to score twice in a Premier League game for Chelsea.

He can now look forward to an extended run at the point of attack.

 

Blues must rush back Rudiger

Chelsea's capacity to score goals was a matter of contention leading into this match but it is evident that an unsteady defence is of greater concern.

Cantwell and Pukki all too easily found space in the box for their goals, an issue the impending return of Antonio Rudiger might resolve.

 

What's next?

Norwich visit fourth-tier Crawley Town in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday ahead of a weekend trip to London to face West Ham.

Chelsea's next game is against another promoted side, Sheffield United, at Stamford Bridge in a week's time.

Frank Lampard restored Tammy Abraham to the point of Chelsea's attack and lost N'Golo Kante to injury for the clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Abraham was replaced by Olivier Giroud for last weekend's 1-1 draw against Leicester City but the 21-year-old was given another vote of confidence after his penalty miss in the UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool.

Giroud was joined on the bench by Michy Batshuayi, included in the matchday squad for the first time in the Premier League this season after being urged by Lampard to improve his fitness.

Key midfielder Kante missed the match because of an ankle sprain in a blow to Lampard's bid for a first victory as Blues boss.

Mateo Kovacic takes the World Cup winner's place in midfield as Chelsea selected their youngest starting XI for a Premier League match since November 2012 at an average age of 25 years and 54 days.

Norwich, convincing 3-1 winners over Newcastle United last time out, were unchanged.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Arsenal have become genuine title contenders following the recruitment of "amazing" new players.

The only two teams boasting 100 per cent Premier League records this season square off in a tantalising encounter at Anfield on Saturday.

Gunners boss Unai Emery could mark the occasion with a first start for club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, having handed home debuts to David Luiz and the impressive Dani Ceballos in last weekend's 2-1 win over Burnley.

Kieran Tierney and young forward Gabriel Martinelli have also joined the north London side, leaving Klopp with "zero doubt" that Arsenal are stronger than last season.

"They have recruited amazing talent this summer," Klopp wrote in Liverpool's official matchday programme.

"It's one of the reasons why I haven't liked the 'external' focus in pre-season being on just a couple of clubs contesting for honours this season.

"To me this made no sense at all. It's a complete nonsense if you don't view this Arsenal, with this manager, as being one of the best teams in the country.

"They have everything required to go the distance and I think it's why we are in for such an exciting season in the Premier League.

"The good news for me and the staff here at Liverpool is that our players do not need reminding today that they face a world-class opponent."

Arsenal finished fifth last season, 27 points adrift of runners-up Liverpool.

The Reds commenced the new campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich City followed by a 2-1 victory at Southampton.

Sean Longstaff wants everybody involved with Newcastle United to forget about Rafael Benitez and begin moving forward.

Benitez left St James' Park after more than three years in charge when his contract expired following the end of last season.

The Spaniard claimed Newcastle's hierarchy failed to share his vision, and angry supporters staged protests over the situation at the club.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley hit back at Benitez, describing the former Champions League winner's subsequent move to Dalian Yifang as being motivated by money. Benitez rejected the accusation.

Promising midfielder Longstaff thinks the time has come to move on in search of a first competitive victory under new boss Steve Bruce.

"I was speaking to Rafa throughout the summer and ultimately I think everyone wanted him to stay," Longstaff told Sky Sports.

"But that's football. Things change and ultimately he didn't want to stay.

"It's in the past now and I think everybody, as harsh as it sounds, has to sort of forget about him, as tough as that can be.

"We've spent a lot of the start of the season talking about Rafa and he's not here.

"Ultimately he doesn't have an impact on the team or football club at this time.

"If the team start picking up results, everything will look more positive and people will forget about the previous manager, as long as we're successful on the pitch."

Longstaff broke into the Newcastle first team under Benitez, making nine Premier League appearances last season, but dropped to the bench for last weekend's concerning 3-1 defeat at Norwich City.

The 21-year-old hopes an "honest chat" in the aftermath of that result can be the foundation for a better showing away to Tottenham on Sunday.

"We're not panicking and everyone is working as hard as they can to make each other better," he said.

Christian Eriksen remains focused on his job even as transfer rumours persist, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Denmark international Eriksen continues to be linked with a move amid rumoured interest from clubs including Juventus and Real Madrid.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and was only a substitute for the opening-weekend win over Aston Villa, before returning to the starting XI in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City.

Pochettino admits the uncertainty is far from ideal but insists Eriksen can still perform while his future is in limbo.

"I always tell the player to not be affected by the rumours," the Spurs boss said.

"In this situation, there is nothing to say, because still we have one more year on his contract. It's not the best situation for him, for everyone.

"He's acting naturally. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You need to try to help.

"I understand the club, I understand the player. You try to minimise the problem, try to treat the situation.

"This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances to get positive results."

In June, midfielder Eriksen publicly confirmed his appetite to "try something new" after six seasons at Spurs.

"Christian has a personality and a character that... he's involved, and he's not affected by the rumours or situation surrounding him," Pochettino said.

Tottenham face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Barcelona have a plan to land Neymar and the star forward's demands now appear to be known.

The Neymar saga is not yet over and it remains to be seen if the Brazil international will leave Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes on September 2.

But Barcelona have a new plan to bring Neymar – who they sold to PSG for €222million two years ago – back to Camp Nou.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA HAVE NEYMAR PLAN AS STAR DEMANDS €35M PER SEASON

Barcelona have worked out a new formula to convince PSG to sell Neymar to them, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

The LaLiga champions will offer cash and a player to the Ligue 1 giants this year and PSG can choose between either another player or more money in 2020, the report says.

Meanwhile, Neymar, 27, wants €35m net per season and a five-year deal, according to Spanish television show Jugones.

ROUND-UP

- Alexis Sanchez's possible move from Manchester United to Inter is developing slowly. The Serie A giants are confident of signing the attacker in the next few days amid talks about the division of Sanchez's wage, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

- With Renato Sanches having left for Lille, Bayern Munich may be looking for a replacement. The Bundesliga champions remain interested in Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, according to AS. However, Bayern want to pay €18m while the LaLiga side are hoping for Roca's release clause – €40m.

- Valencia are eyeing a move for Radamel Falcao after the Monaco striker ended talks with Galatasaray, reports AS. The Colombia international was heavily linked with a move to the Turkish giants, but Valencia may be looking for cover for Rodrigo, who could leave for Atletico Madrid.

- Also in Turkey, Rafinha is close to leaving Barcelona for Fenerbahce, according to O Jogo. Rafinha had been linked with a move to Valencia, but the 26-year-old could now be heading to Fenerbahce.

- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has had few chances since joining PSG in 2018, but the forward has no plans to leave, according to L'Equipe. Lecce had been linked with a move for the Cameroon international.

Liverpool and Arsenal are neck and neck at the top of the Premier League after two games but on Saturday the Gunners visit Anfield, where they have a terrible recent record.

Since their last win away to Liverpool some seven years ago, Arsenal have been on the end of heavy and humbling defeats, including 4-0 and 5-1 losses on their two previous visits.

They do have some good modern memories of the stadium - Andrey Arshavin scored all four Gunners goals in a Premier League classic that ended 4-4 - but overall Liverpool have certainly had the edge in this fixture.

Ahead of the enticing clash between the early pacesetters, we look back at Arsenal's last six Premier League trips to Anfield where they have conceded a whopping 22 goals, although only once have they failed to score themselves.


Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal: February 8, 2014

This thrashing started the hoodoo. Arsenal were top of the league when they visited Anfield only to be completely humiliated by Brendan Rodgers' rampant Reds.

Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez formed an unplayable front three for Liverpool and it was 4-0 inside 20 minutes, Martin Skrtel striking twice from set-pieces.

Liverpool finished two points behind Manchester City that season after imploding in the final weeks of the campaign, with the two sides likely to do battle again this season in a title race into which Arsenal will hope to force their way.


Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal: December 21, 2014

Skrtel's 97th-minute equaliser earned the Reds a 2-2 draw in this one, with Liverpool scoring in extended stoppage time played due to the Slovakian defender sustaining a head injury earlier in the game.

Remarkably enough, this is the only time Arsenal have conceded fewer than three goals in their past six trips to Anfield.


Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal: January 13, 2016

This was the last time Arsenal avoided defeat in the Premier League at Anfield, but they still shipped three goals against Jurgen Klopp's men. Roberto Firmino scored twice with Olivier Giroud also claiming a brace, but the Reds needed a late Joe Allen strike to salvage a draw.

This proved a key day in the title race, with Arsenal seeing their lead from Leicester City at the top of the table disappear. The Foxes, inspirationally led by Claudio Ranieri, went on to win the league by 10 points from the Gunners in one of sport's most improbable title triumphs, while Liverpool finished eighth under Klopp having sacked Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.


Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: March 4, 2017

The two sides were fighting it out for Champions League qualification when they met at Anfield towards the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but it was Liverpool who came out on top.

Firmino struck again – he has scored eight times in as many appearances against the Gunners – and he set up Sadio Mane to make it 2-0, before Danny Welbeck hit back for Arsenal. Georginio Wijnaldum struck late to secure victory and Liverpool pipped Arsenal to fourth place by a point.

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: August 27, 2017

Arsene Wenger's last league visit to Anfield ended in a 4-0 thrashing as Klopp's men ran riot. Firmino opened the scoring, with Mane and Mohamed Salah also netting before Sturridge wrapped things up.

This defeat meant Arsenal had lost two of their first three games of the 2017-18 season, at the end of which the Frenchman ended his long reign.


Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal: December 29, 2018

In the most recent meeting last December, Arsenal actually opened the scoring with Ainsley Maitland-Niles putting them in front, but then they collapsed in spectacular fashion. Firmino scored twice in quick succession, with Mane and Salah also on target before the break.

Firmino completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the interval as the Reds moved nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table, a lead Manchester City eventually reeled in over the second half of the season to defend their title.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of "goal machine" Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of facing Arsenal on Saturday.

Klopp and Aubameyang spent two seasons together at Borussia Dortmund, the coach heading to Anfield in 2015 and the forward joining Arsenal in January 2018.

Aubameyang has impressed during his time in the Premier League, scoring 43 goals in 67 games in all competitions for Arsenal.

Klopp knows what his former forward is capable of, talking up Aubameyang ahead of the top-of-the-table clash between the clubs at Anfield.

"Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style. I'm really glad it has worked out well for him, because I really like him," he told UK newspapers.

"I didn't think abut the Premier League when I signed him for Dortmund. He played as a winger at Saint-Etienne at that time, we needed a number nine because [Robert] Lewandowski left us. We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing and we played with [Ciro] Immobile as well.

"Later on we realised he is a really good central striker, a number nine, as well. It was not immediate like this, he developed incredibly and became a goal machine."

Klopp, whose team and Arsenal were the only sides to win their opening two Premier League games, praised Aubameyang's progress as a player.

"I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with the speed and it is really interesting," he said.

"He plays now on the wing in a 4-2-3-1 which means he has to defend too and he is ready for that. He is a really good player."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down expectations around Paul Pogba, saying the midfielder could not be Roy Keane, Juan Sebastian Veron, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona in one player.

Pogba remains at Old Trafford despite being linked with a move away throughout the close season, but the 26-year-old was criticised after missing a penalty during a draw at Wolves on Monday.

Solskjaer has praised the France midfielder's all-round abilities, but warned United could be asking for too much from Pogba.

"We can all see Paul was disappointed when he missed a penalty. He doesn't deserve this," he told reporters on Friday.

"He is, as I've said so many times, and he's said it himself, when you sign for Man United, you become a Manc and, once a Manc is always a Manc, and he gives his absolute everything for the club every week.

"He expects a lot from himself as well, so it doesn't frustrate me. We expect a lot from him, but we know we can't get Roy Keane, Veron, Scholes, Giggs, Cantona in one player. It's hard, but he's a top, top player.

"I know people expect him to do absolutely everything on a football pitch, but he's got so many qualities that we're seeing different qualities from Paul this year, compared to last season, and he's a leader in the group. So, I expect the fans to be behind him, yes."

Pogba was criticised for taking the penalty against Wolves just a week after Marcus Rashford had converted a spot-kick in a resounding victory over Chelsea.

But Solskjaer, whose side host Crystal Palace on Saturday, confirmed that duo were still on penalty duties for United.

"I'm sure you're going to see Paul Pogba score a pen for United again," he said.

"We're practising pens still and Marcus and Paul are still on them."

Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva has returned to Monaco on loan.

Silva signed for Leicester in 2017 but has featured just 21 times for the Foxes in his spell at the King Power Stadium.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Monaco and will return to the Stade Louis II for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.

The move sees Silva link up again with Islam Slimani, who joined Monaco in a temporary deal on Wednesday.

Silva helped Monaco remain in Ligue 1 last season and goes back to the club with Leonardo Jardim's men having endured an awful start to the season.

Monaco have suffered successive 3-0 defeats to Lyon and Metz, having a man sent off in each of those games.

Aston Villa earned their first win since returning to the Premier League with a 2-0 home defeat of Everton.

Wesley opened his Premier League account with a smart first-half finish at Villa Park on Friday, the first goal Everton have conceded this season after keeping clean sheets in their opening two matches.

Marco Silva threw on new signings Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi, the latter making his debut after joining from Arsenal, but the Toffees could not find an equaliser and Anwar El Ghazi added a late second on the break.

Everton started on top and Richarlison saw a penalty appeal rejected but Villa struck the opener soon after in the 21st minute.

Jack Grealish took a quick free-kick and Jota's superb pass caught Michael Keane sleeping, with Wesley bursting clear to finish well past Jordan Pickford.

Yerry Mina's block denied Wesley a rapid second and Dominic Calvert-Lewin wasted a clear opening at the other end before half-time.

Substitute Kean went closest to snatching a draw for the visitors with nine minutes to go, but his instinctive strike came back off the post with Tom Heaton beaten, then Theo Walcott missed another good chance.

And Dean Smith's men punished those errors with a second strike on the break, play-off final hero El Ghazi slotting in to get Villa up and running after they lost their first two games against Tottenham and Bournemouth.

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