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Another defeat for United?

GENERAL
By Mark Gleeson

The impact of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Manchester United is likely still strong, but some of it would have been tempered by their Champions League defeat in midweek.

The Portuguese superstar made a fairytale return to Old Trafford last week, but could not help his side enough to prevent defeat in Switzerland on Tuesday in a surprise setback.

It provides West Ham with plenty of hope they can end the Red Devils’ unbeaten start to the new season this Sunday and continue their own renaissance. The Hammers are also one of five unbeaten sides after the first four rounds of the campaign.

The visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team to London is one of the Premier League highlights this weekend. The two play just before the derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Spurs imploded after being reduced to 10 men last weekend at Crystal Palace and lost 3-0, while Chelsea are reaping immediate benefits from the expensive purchase of Romelu Lukaku. They look set for an away win.

There are five clubs yet to post a Premier League win and the alarm bells are beginning to sound for Burnley, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Southampton.

Newcastle host Leeds tonight and Norwich must be fancied to win at Carrow Road tomorrow over Watford, who returned to the top flight with them after a single season in the Championship last season.

Burnley could beat Arsenal, but Southampton have little chance at Manchester City.