Liverpool and Chelsea slip up as Manchester United go top

Ryan Giggs, Manchester United

Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League. The Blues took the lead through a long range effort from Didier Drogba early on. Villa equalised through centre-back Richard Dunne. The winner was also scored by a defender big James Collins heading home the winner in the second half.

Manchester United went above Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Bolton at Old Trafford. United took the lead early in the game after Michael Owen’s header was deflected past his own keeper by Zat Knight. United’s second goal came from winger Antonio Valencia with an easy finish after defender Gary Neville found him in unmarked in the penalty area. Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor headed home in the 75th minute and made it a nervous last 15 minutes but the champions held on.

Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. There was controversy over the goal as Darren Bent’s shot hit a beach ball and deflected past Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal. Liverpool players claimed that goal shouldn’t have stood but the referee allowed it. Sunderland have moved above Liverpool in the table in to seventh in the Premier League.

Arsenal secured a 3-1 victory over Birmingham at the Emirates Stadium. Robin Van Persie opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 16th minute with a driving effort. Midfielder Abou Diaby doubled that lead just two minutes later. Birmingham got a goal back in the 38th minute through a Lee Bowyer effort. Arsenal however secured all three points in the 84th minute, Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin coolly slotting home.

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