Manchester win, Chelsea go top of the Premier League

Ferguson, Benitez, Ancelotti, Wenger

Manchester United defeated title rivals Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford in the first meeting of the ‘big four’. Arsenal controlled the first half and took the lead in the 40th minute through a superb Andrey Arshavin drive. United equalised in the 59th minute, Wayne Rooney scoring from the spot after the England striker was felled in the area by Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia.

United took the lead five minutes later Abou Diaby heading past his own keeper. Robin Van Persie thought he had equalised in injury-time, only for the effort to be disallowed. The decision incensed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and the Frenchman was sent to the stands.

Chelsea meanwhile maintained their good start to the Premier League season by beating top flight new boys Burnley thanks to goals from Nicolas Anelka, Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole. Chelsea have now won all four of their Premier League games.

Tottenham also continued their good start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham at White Hart Lane. Peter Crouch gave Spurs the lead, before Lee Bowyer equalised for the Midlander’s. Tottenham had the last say though as England winger Aaron Lennon scoring in injury time with a brilliant drive.

There was also better news for the Merseyside clubs as Liverpool won 3-2 at Bolton courtesy of a Steven Gerrard goal. Everton beat Wigan 2-1 at Goodison Park with an injury time Leighton Baines penalty. It was Everton’s first victory this season in the Premier League.

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