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Five of the worst

We've had some world-class belters, an influx of multi-million pound signings and a handful of thrilling matches in the Premier League so far.

These have all been great and no question about, it's certain there's many more to come in what promises to be a breathtaking season.

However, as always, with something good comes something bad and since the campaign started a fortnight ago, we've had a fair share of 'look away now' moments.

Total Football looks at five of the worst incidents that have happened since the new season kicked off.

1. Federici's costly errors

All last season, Aussie keeper Adam Federici was pulling out world-class saves to help Reading clinch promotion.

No question about it, without his 20 clean sheets, Brian McDermott's men would still be playing their football in the Championship.

So when on the opening day, Federici let Michael Kightly's tame shot slip under his hands, it came as a real shock to the Madejski Stadium faithful.

OK, so everyone makes mistakes but then against Chelsea, Gary Cahill's drive went under the grasp of the keeper, Reading fans were utterly mystified.

Federici was clearly, very angry with himself and will want to get back to the form of last season that earned him the Golden Glove award.

Maybe it's the new hairstyle or the new ball or the just coincidence but it won't be long till Adam Federici is back to his best.

2. Skrtel and Collins' gifting back passes

It all was shaping up to be a fairy-tale home start for new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds were 2-1 up against Premier League champions Manchester City with only ten minutes remaining.

But then a rare calamitous mistake from Martin Skrtel gifted Carlos Tevez the chance to earn City a point which he easily despatched into the back of the net.

Skrtel is usually a reliable, no-nonsense defender for Liverpool but this rare mistake had given Roberto Mancini's men a barely deserved draw.

However this wasn't the first back pass disaster of the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, West Ham's James Collins, tame pass back to goalkeeper, Jussi Jääskeläinen was intercepted by new Swansea ace Michu to give Michael Laudrup's men a two-goal lead.

Collins was distraught and hid his face in his hands.

Misjudgement of the speed of the ball could be the answer but both Skrtel and Collins will want to forget their embarrassing and costly moments soon rather than later.

3. Rooney's nightmare; dropped then injured

When Robin van Persie arrived at Old Trafford it was thought that him and Wayne Rooney would form one of the most formidable partnership's in the history of the Premier League.

So when Sir Alex's team was announced around the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday against Fulham it came to the surprise of many that Rooney had been dropped to the sub bench.

The summer arrival of attacking midfielder, Shinji Kagawa made Fergie go for the 4-4-1-1 position with Kagawa playing the no.10 role behind RVP.

Fulham took the lead and all eyes were on Sir Alex. Could his decision be costly?

But then goals from Kagawa, Rafael and a superb finish from Van Persie got United in the winning position.

It was Rooney's turn to put the cherry on the cake, coming on in the second half.

All seemed to be looking alright till Rooney was kicked in the thigh.

It looked OK until he turned around.

His thigh had a deep, big cut in it with blood pouring out and the striker was in real pain.

A stretcher carried Rooney out and after the match, Ferguson announced that Rooney would be out for a month.

A nightmare start to the season for the England ace but now it's time for Van Persie to shine in the Old Trafford limelight.

4. Injury-time hero, Aguero gets crocked on opening day

Scoring the goal that seals the Premier League crown for your team is something that Sergio Aguero will never forget.

Something that Aguero (pictured) might want to erase from his memory though is the fact that he will miss the first month of City's 2012-13 campaign.

A knee injury is ruling out Aguero from playing following a tackle by Nathaniel Clyne against Southampton.

He was stretchered off in clear pain and it wasn't a nice sight for City fans who clearly remember going absolutely crazy after that breath-taking, last-minute goal against QPR.

It's not as if Roberto Mancini has to rush out and get a replacement for the Argentinian though with Aguero only out for a month and Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez waiting to pounce on the opportunity to lead the line.

But Manchester City will definitely miss Sergio Aguero's incredible work rate and fantastic finishing ability.

5. QPR and Norwich receive opening day drubbings

It's not rare to see a team get absolutely trounced once in a while, 5 or 6-0.

But when you get two thrashings on the same weekend and especially the first of the season that is infrequent.

Mark Hughes and Chris Hughton got off to the worst possible starts, losing 5-0 to Swansea and Fulham respectively.

Especially for Hughton, his first game in charge of the Canaries, to lose by a five goal margin is pretty shocking.

Since then it has slightly improved though with a draw against QPR on Saturday.

With the R's spending big in the transfer market, most bookies fancied a comprehensive win from QPR.

But Swansea didn't read the script with Michael Laudrup's men sweeping aside a lacklustre QPR side.

Bobby Zamora's goal on Saturday against Norwich gave Hughes' side a deserved point as he looks to build a side capable of a mid-table finish.

With performances like those against Swansea though, QPR will be lucky not to be relegated.

By Sam Mansfield- Follow me on Twitter @sam_mansfield16

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