Premier League round-up: Four Irish starters as Sheffield United draw, but Jeff Hendrick is benched by Burnley
Sheffield United made an encouraging start on their return to the Premier League, with four Republic of Ireland internationals starting for the Blades as they drew 1-1 at Bournemouth.
Enda Stevens, John Egan, David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson were all in the Blades line-up for the trip to the Vitality Stadium and they were all toasting a late goal that salvaged a draw.
Veteran striker Billy Sharp struck a late equaliser as the promoted Blades secured a welcome draw after Chris Mepham had bundled in the opener for the Bournemouth on 62 minutes after a Callum Wilson effort had been blocked.
United battled on and were rewarded when substitute Sharp poked home amid a goalmouth scramble late on, the goal being confirmed after a VAR check.
Burnley made a strong start as they overpowered Southampton 3-0 at Turf Moor thanks to a second-half Ashley Barnes double and a further effort from Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Barnes rifled in the opener after 63 minutes and then volleyed in a second from an Erik Pieters cross seven minutes later, before Gudmundsson curled in a fine third 15 minutes from the end.
Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick will have been disappointed to be dropped to the bench for Burnley and he now faces a fight to get back into the Clarets line-up.
Wilfried Zaha appeared as a second-half substitute as Crystal Palace were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Everton at Selhurst Park.
Palace star man Zaha was linked with the Toffees after handing in a transfer request earlier this week and he had to make do with a limited role after staying at the London club.
Glyfi Sigurdsson thought he had put Everton ahead early in the second half but Patrick Van Aanholt made a fine goalline clearance.
The Merseysiders had to hold on for the final 14 minutes after Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a second bookable offence.
In the lunchtime kick-off, Manchester City began their Premier League title defence with an emphatic 5-0 win in a VAR-dominated game at West Ham.
Gabriel Jesus put City ahead in Saturday's early game at the London Stadium but was later denied a second goal by VAR after Raheem Sterling was ruled fractionally offside in the build-up.
Sterling scored City's second and was on the right end of a VAR offside decision in the netting the third.
Sergio Aguero had a penalty saved by Lukas Fabianski but was allowed a retake after the video official spotted that Declan Rice had encroached into the area. Aguero made no mistake to make it 4-0 at the second attempt and Sterling wrapped up his treble in injury time.
City's victory was a strong response after Liverpool opened their campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday.