Jordan Ayew earned Aston Villa a point against Newcastle at a sodden St James' Park.
Jose Mourinho exited Chelsea on Thursday; along with it went the final excuse for the players.
Injury has merely provided Louis van Gaal another reason not to select Ander Herrera.
"When we're all together as a unit, we can be very difficult to beat," says the Newcastle midfielder.
Van Gaal's crown has crashed to the floor, while Newcastle, Aaron Ramsey and Olly Giroud top the winners.
Steve McClaren 'couldn't shut his players up' at half-time during Newcastle's win over Spurs.
Tottenham lost their first league game since the opening day, going down 2-1 at home to Newcastle.
"It looks it, though, doesn’t it, from the outside?" says the boss of Newcastle - "not an easy football club".
Benteke needs a performance, Van Gaal needs a win, McClaren needs more of the same
Rob Elliot has rejected reports of arguments between members of the Newcastle team and staff.
Too many foreigners and not enough PL nous? Hardly. Newcastle's new boys are shaming their old guard.
Arsenal could do with another Kim Kallstrom, and a lot of clubs need a new striker, don't they?
End of the road for Jose Mourinho, plus loads on Leicester, consistency, Man United's attack and Liverpool
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren heaved a huge sigh of relief after seeing his team breathe new life into their season.
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