Manchester United stumble again in EPL

Oct 20, 2013, 04:53 IST | AFP

Defending champions held by Southampton 1-1

Manchester United’s disappointing start to the Premier League season continued on Saturday as the champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to high-flying Southampton.

Wayne Rooney
Man United’s Wayne Rooney (right) is tackled by Southampton defender Jose Fonte during their EPL clash at Old Trafford on Saturday. Pic/AFP.

United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj celebrated his new five-year contract by creating the game’s opening goal in the 26th minute with a superb through ball for Wayne Rooney.

The England striker’s shot was blocked by Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc, but Robin van Persie was on hand to sweep the rebound home. Both Rooney and Van Persie hit the woodwork thereafter, but the hosts were prevented from recording consecutive victories for the first time in the league this season when Southampton defender Dejan Lovren poked home from an 89th-minute corner.

Arsenal return to top
Having seen Liverpool temporarily take claim of first place earlier in the day, Arsenal returned to the summit with a 4-1 win at home to Norwich City.

Jack Wilshere scored his second goal in two games to give Arsenal an 18th-minute lead, volleying home from Olivier Giroud’s flick following a dizzying exchange of passes involving Santi Cazorla.

Mesut Ozil scored his first league goal for the club with a header from a Giroud cross in the 58th minute and although Norwich midfielder Jonathan Howson replied for the visitors, Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make sure of victory before Ozil added a fourth.

Chelsea win 4-1
Arsenal lead the standings by two points from Chelsea, who leapfrogged Liverpool into second place after coming from behind to win 4-1 at home to Cardiff City.

Jordon Mutch gave the promoted side a shock 10th-minute lead by lifting the ball over goalkeeper Petr Cech after Chelsea defender David Luiz inexplicably allowed a pass from team-mate Ramires to run past him. Jose Mourinho’s side equalised in the 33rd minute with an unusual goal that saw Eden Hazard sweep the ball home from close range.

Liverpool held
Liverpool, who trail Chelsea on goal difference, twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at 10-man Newcastle United.

Sent off Mourinho sits with a Chelsea fan
A starstruck Chelsea supporter had an unexpected surprise during his side’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday when he found himself sitting beside manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor with 20 minutes to play and clambered into a vacant seat next to Chelsea fan Sean Buxton. Buxton quickly uploaded a picture of himself and Mourinho on his Twitter account which drew close to 10,000 retweets.

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