The Premier League entered its second round this weekend with differing fortunes for all the Dutchmen involved.

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memphis man uttLouis van Gaal’s Manchester United made it two wins in two after a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Friday night with Daley Blind named man of the match. Blind was excellent in the centre of defence, dealing comfortably with Aston Villa’s attackers whilst also proving to be a calming influence on the ball. It was another frustrating evening for Memphis Depay though, with the winger missing a glorious chance to make it 2-0 in the second half, whilst being guilty of surrendering possession on a couple of occasions. Its still early days for Memphis in England and he still needs time to adapt to the league, and his new position as a second striker. Leandro Bacuna played the full ninety minutes for Aston Villa at right back.

Ronald Koeman’s Southampton are still looking for their first win of the season after being on the end of a 3-0 hammering by Everton. Maarten Stekelenburg played the full match in goal, but Cuco Martina never made it off the bench, while Jordy Clasie is still out injured.

Saturday was also a bad day for Newcastle United’s legion of Dutchmen as they were defeated 2-0 by Swansea City. Daryl Janmaat was the villain for the Magpies after being sent off in the first half for two yellow cards. Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum and Vurnon Anita all featured for Newcastle, but Siem de Jong was injured. Marvin Emnes did not feature for Swansea.

Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland suffered their second defeat of the season after a 3-1 loss to Norwich City. Jeremain Lens and Patrick van Aanholt both played the full ninety minutes for the Black Cats, but were unable to make an impact. Ricky van Wolfswinkel was not involved in the Norwich City squad.

Steven Berghuis came off the bench to make his Watford City debut, but in his five minutes on the pitch the winger couldn’t make an impact in the 0-0 draw with West Brom. Nathan Ake was not involved in the Watford squad.

Stoke City came back from 2-0 down against Tottenham to earn a 2-2 draw with Erik Pieters and Ibrahim Afellay both playing the full ninety minutes. Marco van Ginkel also started in the Stoke midfield, but was substituted after an hour. Pieters made the best impression out of the three Dutchmen, making more successful tackles than any other player on the pitch with five. Michael Vorm was on the bench for Tottenham.

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