Team of the week
David de Gea - Manchester United
Given seven of Everton's 16 shots on the night were on target it's fair to say De Gea was kept busy at Goodison. The majority were saves a goalkeeper of the Spaniard's calibre would be expected to make but the manner in which he was so unflappable amid an aerial bombardment demonstrates how he's now fully acclimatised to the aesthetic idiosyncrasies of the Premier League. Confident in attacking set-pieces from his line, De Gea showed why he's much more than just an accomplished shot-stopper.
James Collins - West Ham United
Making a second debut for the Hammers following his sojourn in the Midands at Aston Villa, the robust centre-half soon found his way back into the affections of the Upton Park faithful. Collins took charge from the first minute against his former club as he made light of shackling a fit-again Darren Bent to ensure West Ham returned to the big time with a clean sheet. It was hardly a classic but as Big Sam will attest, you get points for winning football matches not artistic merit.
Sunderland - Carlos Cuellar
There's a reoccurring theme developing here. This time Aston Villa's loss was Sunderland's gain as the Spaniard settled in seamlessly to make the most accomplished of debuts. The script dictated Lukas Podolski would help dry the tears of a disgruntled Emirates with a goal or two but instead the German was repeatedly thwarted by Cuellar's stylish brand of defending. Honourable mentions go to John O'Shea and Kieran Richardson, who were both also outstanding at the back for the Black Cats.
Sylvain Distin - Everton
The Frenchman started the new campaign as he finished the last as an imposing presence at the heart of a notoriously difficult to break down Everton backline. Wayne Rooney is a big lad to stick in your back pocket but the Manchester United man is still trying to find his way out. Alongside him Phil Jagielka was also outstanding, with the pair impeccable in timing a series of last-ditch tackles in and around their area. Distin, though, just about gets the nod to make our starting XI.
Nathan Dyer - Swansea
QPR's back four had more holes than St Andrews but that should not detract from the outstanding attacking display put on by Swansea. Prior to Saturday's beautifully taken brace at Loftus Road Dyer had managed just nine goals in 120 appearances. In patches last season Dyer will have had England scouts taking notes; if he can add regular goals to his armoury a call-up could come sooner rather than later.
Eden Hazard - Chelsea
The Belgian playmaker needed just seven minutes to introduce himself to English football and in the process illuminated why he had all of the Premier League's leading lights scrambling for his signature over the summer. A sublime eye-of-the-needle pass presented Branislav Ivanovic with Chelsea's opener before trademark close control bamboozled Ivan Ramis enough to earn his side a penalty. Although he faded somewhat in the second period - he says he's going to get a whole load better - those present will attest Hazard is the real deal.
Michu - Swansea
For those who know their Primera Liga football, the sight of Michu arriving from deep to register is nothing if not to be expected. Signed from Rayo Vallecano for just £2million (who says you can't get value in the modern market?) Michu could prove to be quite the snip as his wonderfully languid display behind Danny Graham had Swans fans asking 'Gylfi who?'. On another day, had he not cracked the crossbar from close range, Michu would have had a hat-trick. As it is, we think he'll be happy enough with a brace that included a stunning second that capped off a free-flowing Swansea counter-attack. If Michu is anything to go by, expect Michael Laudrup to profiteer greatly from his innate knowledge of Spanish football.
Santi Cazorla - Arsenal
It's not quite a case of every cloud has a silver lining but the performance of Cazorla at least partly lifted the gloom hovering over North London at present. Arsenal were pretty blunt up top in drawing a blank against Sunderland on Saturday but Arsene Wenger summed it up pretty well when he surmised: "All the chances were created by him, basically." Taking over the playmaking mantle following Alexander Song's switch to Barcelona, Cazorla was excellent all afternoon as he created seven chances, more than any other player in the Premier League at the weekend.
Samir Nasri - Manchester City
Whisper it quietly, but Nasri is in danger of claiming David Silva's playmaker-in-chief moniker for himself. Initial tepid displays in blue following his acrimonious split with Arsenal have long-since been forgotten, with the French schemer having been at the hub of all that was good about Manchester City - in an attacking sense - at the weekend. Whereas Silva looked laboured, Nasri was effervescent as his drive into the ground with ten minutes left completed City's turnaround from going behind in the second half as Saints substitutes Rickie Lambert and Steve Davis both momentarily silenced the Etihad.
Marouane Fellaini - Everton
What more can be said about Everton's bustling Belgian? Unplayable just about covers it. Much has been made of Michael Carrick's presence in a makeshift Manchester United back four but a hybrid of Franco Baresi and Bobby Moore would have struggled to contain the Everton man in the form he was in on Monday night. Sir Alex's indignant moan about Everton launching it to the big man did tragic ill-service to the most complete of centre forward displays. His hold-up play all evening was exemplary, while his towering headed winner was awarded the ultimate accolade; a nod of approval from Big Dunc in the stand.
Mladen Petric - Fulham
Clint Dempsey's refusal to justify his description as a 'professional' footballer and Martin Jol's decision not to buy Pavel Pogrebnyak will have had Fulham's fans worrying about where the goals will come from this season. On Saturday, Petric lifted the mood with a double and all-round performance that indicated he'll prove to be an astute acquisition. Both of the Croatian's goals had an element of fortune about them but there was nothing fluky about the cute flick he pulled off to play in Alexander Kaciniklic's for Fulham's fourth on the most satisfactory of afternoons.