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Brighton's Jahanbakhsh out to prove point

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Man City's character, 'guts' shine through in Premier League triumph

Manchester City are the first team in a decade to win back to back Premier League titles, beating Brighton 4-1.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany reflects on his side's path to a second consecutive Premier League title, and the competition they faced from Liverpool. (edited)
Manchester City celebrated winning the 2018-19 Premier League title after a thrilling back and forth battle with Liverpool throughout the season.

Had Manchester City blown it? Glenn Murray had just headed Brighton into the lead in the 27th minute, and anyone seeking final-day drama had their hook. City had cracked at the worst possible moment; they had lost their nerve just as the hard work seemed to have been done; they had made a season's excellence count for nothing and Pep Guardiola would face familiar accusations of overcomplicating at a moment that demanded clarity.

Those would have been the headlines, the think pieces, the pub discussions...

Christian Eriksen shows why he is Tottenham's Most Valuable Player

Frank Leboeuf explains how Christian Eriksen's qualities have put Tottenham in a comfortable position in the top four race.

Things were getting so desperate for Tottenham against Brighton that, as the minutes ticked by with the score 0-0, Vincent Janssen was brought on for his first appearance since August 2017. Still no breakthrough came, though, and it looked as if Mauricio Pochettino's side would drop points in their quest for Champions League qualification.

But then Christian Eriksen took charge.

Tottenham's most valuable player -- not their best, but their most irreplaceable -- collected the ball with 88 minutes...

Mo Salah on target again as Liverpool edge Brighton, capitalise on Man City's slip-up

LIVERPOOL, England  -- Three quick thoughts from Anfield on Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

1. Liverpool seize on Man City's slip-up

It's not even the end of August and Liverpool know they have to make the most of every rare opening they are given in the Premier League title race. So far, they are doing just that.

Jurgen Klopp's team sit top of the table after a tense win over Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah's first-half goal.

It's three wins...

Pathetic Manchester United prove Jose Mourinho warning true in Brighton embarrassment

English Premier League: Pascal Gross (44' PEN) Brighton 3-1 Manchester United
English Premier League: Romelu Lukaku (34') Brighton 2-1 Manchester United
English Premier League: Glen Duffy (27') Brighton 2-0 Manchester United
English Premier League: Glen Murray (25') Brighton 1-0 Manchester United
Jose Mourinho's men looked utterly listless in a shock early-season defeat for Manchester United at the hands of Brighton.
Jose Mourinho's men looked utterly listless in a shock early-season defeat for Manchester United at the hands of Brighton.

BRIGHTON, England -- Three points on Brighton 3-2 Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

1. Jose Mourinho warning appears true

Jose Mourinho said this season would be tough for Manchester United, but he probably did not expect to be proved right quite so quickly.

Through the summer and during the first week of the new Premier League season, he has painted a bleak picture of United's prospects. Even a 2-1 win over Leicester on opening night did little to improve his mood.

"I...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing.

The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up?

ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19. 

Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead.

MAN CITY

Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...

Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh out to prove he's more Van Nistelrooy than Kezman in Premier League

There is a longstanding summer tradition of the big stars from the Dutch top tier heading to the English Premier League. The list of those who have shone -- such as Arjen Robben and Ruud van Nistlerooy -- is mirrored by the misses -- Mateja Kezman, Afonso Alves and Jon Dahl Tomasson. It remains to be seen on what side of that divide Alireza Jahanbakhsh falls as he becomes Brighton and Hove Albion's record signing, but the Iranian winger has shone every time he has stepped up to the next level.

There...