Premier League Power Rankings: Manchester United Loses Top Spot After Stoke Draw

Manchester United dropped its first points of the new Premier League season on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Stoke City, hours after Manchester City had demolished Liverpool 5-0 at Etihad Stadium.

Those results led to a shift in Newsweek’s power rankings, with City vaulting United at the top if not in the league itself. At the bottom, three Premier League teams remain winless, while Watford continues to impress in the top half. Read on to see how the rankings shake down with one game to play in week 4.

1. Manchester City: UP TWO

Sure, Sadio Mané was probably unlucky to be sent off for kicking City goalkeeper Ederson in the face, a decision that ultimately changed the game. But City had to be good enough to capitalize and they did so in rampant manner, with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané filling their boots. This was a statement win with a caveat that may be forgotten in time, if not by Liverpool supporters. Next up for City, Feyenoord away in the Champions League on Wednesday.

2. Manchester United: DOWN ONE

United remains unbeaten, though it conceded its first two goals of the Premier League season against a Stoke City team performing above expectations through four games. Phil Jones’s mistake that allowed Eric Choupo-Moting to head Stoke’s equalizer in the 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium was out of character, as was Eric Bailly’s error for Choupo-Moting’s first goal. In time, though, this may look like a good point gained. United entertains FC Basel at Old Trafford in the Champions League Tuesday.

3. Chelsea: UP ONE

Antonio Conte’s team was tested against Leicester at Stamford Bridge but came through unscathed, and already that opening-weekend defeat to Burnley seems a long time ago. If Alvaro Morata keeps scoring, Chelsea will be in the title race once again. Chelsea faces Qarabag at home in the Champions League Tuesday, before the big Premier League contest with Arsenal Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

4. Watford: UP THREE

This is now a seriously impressive start from Marco Silva at Watford, which went to Southampton and won 2-0 with goals from Abdoulaye Doucouré and Daryl Janmaat. Watford remains unbeaten through four games, which won’t last, of course. But Silva is building on the good work he did at Hull City last season. Next up is the trickiest test of the season so far: Manchester City at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

5. Tottenham Hotspur: UP 11

If only Tottenham could play all of its games away from pesky Wembley, and if only Harry Kane never had to play in August. Kane kept up his record of only beginning to be prolific in September against Everton on Saturday at Goodison Park. Spurs had better sort its Wembley problem out soon, though. It faces Borussia Dortmund at the national stadium on Wednesday, followed by Swansea City at the same venue on Saturday evening.

6. Burnley: UP TWO

A terrific start to the season for Sean Dyche’s physical, well-organized team got better with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Turf Moor Sunday. Chris Wood has settled quickly since his move from Leeds United.

7. Liverpool: DOWN FIVE

It's not helpful for Jürgen Klopp to consider what might have happened had Sadio Mané not been dismissed. Klopp's team has now conceded eight goals in four league games. Sevilla visits Anfield Wednesday before Liverpool hosts Burnley Saturday.

8. West Bromwich Albion: DOWN TWO

West Brom’s own excellent start to the season came to a shuddering halt on the English south coast against Brighton. West Ham visits The Hawthorns on Saturday.

9. Stoke City: UP FOUR

Mark Hughes’s side sits 12th in the league with five points from four games, hardly a rousingly brilliant start to the season. But Stoke has played Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United in that stretch. An easier run beckons.

10. Arsenal: UP TEN

A small step in the right direction following the hammering two weeks ago at Anfield. Arsenal was dominant against a poor Bournemouth team at Emirates Stadium, although the Chelsea game will tell us more about how it has recovered.

11. Newcastle United: UP ONE

Two wins in a row in the league for Newcastle, with victory against Swansea City secured without the ill Rafael Benítez. Stoke visits St James’ Park on Saturday.

12. Brighton and Hove Albion: UP FIVE

At last, relief for Chris Hughton, who watched his side score three past West Brom. Next up, a winnable game away at Bournemouth Friday evening.

13. Leicester City: DOWN THREE

A vicious opening stretch to the season—including games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea—means Leicester’s current position of 17 is probably a false one. A trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday provides the chance for three points.

14. Huddersfield Town: DOWN NINE

Slipping only by virtue of being inactive, Huddersfield travels to West Ham’s London Stadium Monday night.

15. Everton: DOWN SIX

One win from four Premier League games hides the fact that Everton has already played Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. That, though, suggests Ronald Koeman’s club is not looking to break into those upper echelons of the league and that it did not spend heavily in the summer in an effort to do so. After Atalanta away in the Europa League comes a visit to Manchester United.

16. Southampton: DOWN FIVE

One defeat from four games, or five points from those fixtures and five points off relegation? Southampton travels to Crystal Palace on Saturday, after which its identity should be clearer.

17. Swansea City: DOWN THREE

Renato Sanches is not the answer to Swansea’s attacking woes, at least not yet. Paul Clement’s team has scored two goals in its opening four league games and faces Tottenham next on Saturday.

18. West Ham United: UP ONE

Monday night against Huddersfield looms horribly large for pointless West Ham. Defeat could spell the end for manager Slaven Bilić on his birthday.

19. Crystal Palace: DOWN ONE

Palace created more chances than Burnley and missed an extraordinary open goal through central defender Scott Dann. But no points and no goals in four games is still an extremely bad look for Frank de Boer, who must now be at risk of losing his job even this early in the season.

20. Bournemouth: DOWN FIVE

Has the bubble burst for Eddie Howe? Bournemouth competed against Manchester City in defeat but subsided against Arsenal. A point, at least, at home to Bournemouth on Friday is a necessity.

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