Premier League: Manchester United Stays Top of Power Rankings, Arsenal Falls Again

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, August 19. Mourinho's team has won three out of three in the Premier League this season. Dan Mullan/Getty

Week three of the Premier League season continued a theme, as Manchester United powered on at the top of the table.

Draws for Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion meant United is the only team left in the league with a perfect record. Here's how the power rankings look after three games.

1. Manchester United: No movement

Top of the league, still, and still no goals conceded. Mourinho's United juggernaut keeps on rolling. A visit to Stoke City is next up after the international break for Paul Pogba and co.

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2. Liverpool: Up five

No Coutinho, no problem. Liverpool carried its blistering form from its two-legged Champions League playoff victory over Hoffenheim into the weekend, toying with an admittedly woeful Arsenal. Somehow, Liverpool looks in better shape than Manchester City heading into that huge game at Etihad Stadium on September 9.

3. Manchester City: Up five

Somehow, City keeps finding ways to win despite not playing to its potential and having players sent off. Raheem Sterling saved Pep Guardiola for the second game in a row by scoring the winner against Bournemouth on Saturday in injury time before Sterling was dismissed for celebrating with the City fans. City could have easily left with nothing, though, had Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe not spurned a chance seconds earlier. At some point soon it will start playing well, and that is a concern for everyone else.

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4. Chelsea: Up two

Dominant against Everton at Stamford Bridge by a wider margin than the 2-0 scoreline, talk of a crisis suddenly seems a very long time ago. Chelsea could still do with clearing up the Diego Costa stand-off before the end of the transfer window, mind.

5. Huddersfield Town: Down three

Still unbeaten, and like United, yet to concede a goal. Unlike United, Huddersfield looks like it could struggle to score, too. David Wagner's impressive team visits struggling West Ham United following the international break.

6. West Bromwich Albion: Down three

Still unbeaten, and it's a measure of West Brom's progress under Tony Pulis that his team should have felt disappointed not to beat an obdurate Stoke City team at The Hawthorns on Sunday. Now Pulis must resist offers for his best defender, Jonny Evans, before the transfer window closes.

7. Watford: Down three

Perhaps a 0-0 draw at home against Brighton and Hove Albion isn't too much cause for celebration. But having lost Miguel Britos to a red card on 24 minutes, Marco Silva will have been happy to escape with his team's own unbeaten record intact. Watford travels to Southampton on September 9.

8. Burnley: Up five

The purchase of Chris Wood is already paying off. Wood's calm finish grabbed Burnley an impressive point at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur. In a reverse of last season, Burnley's form away from Turf Moor continues to be better than at its home ground. Crystal Palace visits next.

9. Everton: No movement

There is no shame in being well beaten away from home, and Everton have had two tremendously tricky away fixtures so far. Ronald Koeman would like to add a striker before the end of the transfer window.

10. Leicester City: No movement

For Everton, read Leicester and vice versa. Losing Jamie Vardy would be a significant blow. Jonny Evans and/or Mohamed Elneny would be terrific additions.

11. Southampton: Up one

A good start will become a great one for Mauricio Pellegrino if Southampton can beat Watford after the international break.

12. Newcastle United: Up five

Much, much better. Mikel Merino looks a fine addition, although West Ham are poor enough to make it difficult to evaluate Newcastle comprehensively on the basis of one comfortable win alone.

13. Stoke City: Down eight

Back to mid-table for Stoke, which out-shot West Brom at the Hawthorns but had to rely on a defensive mistake to snatch a draw. Mourinho's marauders come next.

14. Swansea City: Up six

Breathing room for Paul Clement, who nevertheless needs a replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson before the transfer window closes.

15. Bournemouth: Up two

No points from its first three games, but Eddie Howe's club played better than a team battling relegation against Manchester City.

16. Tottenham Hotspur: Down four

With one point from its last two games, Mauricio Pochettino's team is already well off the pace of Manchester United.

17. Brighton and Hove Albion: Up four

A point is better than none for Chris Hughton's struggling side, but Brighton may come to rue not putting ten-man Watford away.

18. Crystal Palace: No movement

Frank De Boer's side has yet to score in three completed games. That's bad, obviously. The rot must stop soon or the Dutchman will be the first Premier League manager this season out of a job.

19. West Ham United: Down five

Rock bottom, with ten goals conceded in three games. Slaven Bilic and De Boer may be competing now to see who gets fired first.

20. Arsenal: Down five

That new contract for Arsene Wenger looks worse by the day. Liverpool schooled, roasted, humiliated Arsenal, sending red shirts scurrying back to north London in their thousands. This was the most abject performance by any Premier League team so far this season.

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