Premier League 2015/16 season kick starts today as giants Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in the very first game. Defending champions Chelsea FC also feature in the later half of the day as they take on Swansea City.
Now as the new season begins we have decided to dig into the past and make a list of top 5 memorable opening day fixtures in the Premier League.
1) Wimbledon FC 0-3 Manchester United (17/08/1996)
David Beckham was the star of that evening as he had scored the stunning winning goal in the 90th minute from the half-line. Eric Cantona scored the opening goal of the match followed Denis Irwin who doubled the lead. Beckham announced his arrival to world football with a curling shot from the half-line which entered the net. It is definitely one of the most memorable opening fixtures in the history of Premier League.
2) Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City (16/08/2014)
Another classic opening day fixture featured twenty times Premier League champions Manchester United. A new looked Red Devils featured under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal. Van Gaal had picked up the team from shambles and there was a huge expectation from the fans who had a frustrating previous season under David Moyes. But to everyone’s surprise Garry Monk’s Swansea City stunned the Old Trafford fans and pulled off an ecstatic victory.
3) West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool (18/08/2012)
Brendan Rodgers reign at Anfield began in a disastrous fashion as West Bromwich Albion thrashed Liverpool 3-0 in the opening match of the 2012/13 season. Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku were on target to stun the Anfield crowd. It was one of the biggest upsets on an opening of Premier League.
4) Everton 1-6 Arsenal (15/08/2009)
It was supposed to be an exciting clash between the two big boys of Premier League but it turned out to be goals galore in favour of the Gunners. Arsenal crushed the David Moyes’ side 6-1 in the opening day fixture of the 2009/10 season as Cesc Fabregas scored a brace. The other scorers were Thomas Vermaelen, debutante Denilson, William Gallas and Eduardo also found the back of the net to complete the rout.
5) Manchester United 3-2 Fulham (19/08/2001)
Fulham nearly shocked Manchester United at Old Trafford in their first Barclays Premier League match, but the newly promoted side succumbed to a trademark comeback from the league champions. French international striker Louis Saha twice gave Fulham the lead as they were 2-1 in the second half, but Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a quick double to seal the victory for the hosts.