Victor Moses started as West Ham United went to battle at Old Trafford, but was taken off injured in the 37th minute. Manager Slaven Bilic said after the game that the winger could be out for six weeks. Terrible news for Moses; wish him a speedy recovery!
Marco van Ginkel, for the most part, watched his teammates dismantle Manchester City from the bench. Then he made a substitute appearance in the 77th minute, coming on for Xherdan Shaqiri, and helped see out the clean sheet as Stoke won 2-0.
Nathan Ake looks to have made the left-back spot all his own for Watford, retaining his place in the line-up despite the inclusion of Jose Manuel Jurado, who replaced him two games ago. In fact, Jurado set Ake up to bomb forward on many occasions, which he did with aplomb, getting into dangerous positions and delivering crosses. He even took two shots, one going horribly wide and the other blocked. In the second half, after going down in a collision with Andre Wisdom, Ake looked worryingly motionless. But just as he was about to be stretchered off, he pulled himself together and to a ringing applause, continued to complete the game as if it had never happened. The youngster is having the season of his life and we all, I'm sure, sincerely hope that he's truly ok to continue to do so.
Tomas Kalas was back in Middlesbrough's match-day squad for their match against Ipswich, but watched the entire proceedings from the bench; Aitor Karanka seems to be in no hurry to bring him back in to the side, given the form of Emilio Nsue Lopez.
John Swift was absent due to a muscular strain from the Brentford squad for new manager Dean Smith's first game in charge. You'll be happy to know, though, that after missing the entire season so far due to injury, Josh McEachran was in the Brentford squad for the first time. Hope Josh can begin to fulfill his potential now.
Cristian Manea warmed the Royal Mouscron bench.
Cristian Cuevas started STVV's 2-1 win over KV Oostende, and assisted one of their goals as well. Victorien Angban and Joao Rodriguez weren't in the squad, the former probably out due to injury. Here is Cuevas's assist:
Dominic Solanke started up top for Vitesse, who hosted reigning Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven. Lewis Baker was benched for the second game running, with Peter Bosz adopting a cautious approach yet again. Izzy Brown, too, was on the bench but there was no such luck for Danilo Pantic. Nathan remains out injured, hanging out with his mate, Radamel Falcao. Vitesse were actually the better-looking side in a rather drab top-end of the table clash, and royally and repeatedly squandered opportunities to take the lead throughout the game. Solanke was much more involved in the game than usual, and had two chances where he went extremely close to scoring, while also setting up winger Milot Rashica, who missed from 5 yards out. Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown were brought on in the 85th and 87th respectively, but couldn't prevent PSV from snatching a winner in the 90th minute of the game. Sound familiar?
Moving on to much happier things, Andreas Christensen had a day he'll probably never forget in his life. Facing the sternest test they will face all season at home, Borussia Monchengladbach took on the mighty Bayern Munich. Hoodie-sporting manager Andre Schubert opted for a change in formation, lining up with a 3-5-2 to counter Bayern. Christensen thus played alongside Havard Nordtveit and fellow 19-year-old and debutant, Nico Elvedi. With a combined age of 63, the three defenders were instrumental in keeping Bayern at bay, alongside their keeper, Yann Sommer. Gladbach scored three times in 14 minutes in the second half but unfortunately Christensen and Co. weren't rewarded with a clean sheet, conceding to substitute Franck Ribery. With that victory, Monchengladbach moved up to 3rd in the league table. Next up for them is a trip to Manchester (City), as they look to finish third in their group and qualify for the Europa League.
Mario Pasalic did not feature, as AS Monaco beat Bastia 2-1 to move up to 4th place.
Islam Feruz and Hibernian didn't play yesterday, as their match was suspended due to public safety concerns.
Kenneth Omeruo started for Kasimpasa; they won 1-0 against Osmanlispor.
Juan Cuadrado came on for the final 10 minutes of Juventus' 2-0 win again Lazio.