EPL round-up: Manchester giants stunned; Arsenal go top of standings, Liverpool second
West Bromwich Albion deepened the gloom around new Manchester United manager David Moyes with a sensational 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday. United's fans could nonetheless take a small crumb of consolation from the fact that their conquerors from last weekend fell to a 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa.
West Bromwich Albion deepened the gloom around new Manchester United manager David Moyes with a sensational 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday. United's fans could nonetheless take a small crumb of consolation from the fact that their conquerors from last weekend fell to a 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa. (All AFP and AP photos)
If not for the loss, City had been on course to take over at the top of the table from Tottenham Hotspur, who drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea in the first managerial meeting between former colleagues Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas.
Spurs manager Villas-Boas saw his side take a first-half lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but in a frenetic and keenly contested second half, Chelsea equalised through John Terry before having Fernando Torres sent off.
Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring for Tottenham after nice build up by the home side with Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado.
Johh Terry though equalised in a much improved performance in the second half and could have stunned Tottenham if not for Torres' send off.
Elsewhere, record signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo scored his first Southampton goal in a 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace, which sent Mauricio Pochettino's side to the heady heights of fourth place. Rickie Lambert scored the other goal.
An injury-time thunderbolt from Jordan Mutch gave Cardiff City a dramatic 2-1 win at Fulham.
Hull City beat West Ham United 1-0 via a 12th-minute penalty by Robbie Brady.
A week on from their 4-1 derby humiliation at Manchester City, United were looking to return to winning ways in the league but instead slumped to a defeat that left the champions in 12th place in the table.
On-loan Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano put West Brom ahead with an exquisite individual goal in the 54th minute, picking the ball up on halfway and nutmegging Rio Ferdinand before insouciantly dinking the ball over goalkeeper David de Gea.
Yaya Toure gave City the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Edin Dzeko putting the visitors back in front in the 56th minute after Karim El Ahmadi had equalised for Villa early in the second period.
However, a fine free-kick from Leonardo Bacuna saw Villa equalise in the 73rd minute before Andreas Weimann ran clear and beat Joe Hart two minutes later to give Paul Lambert's side a stunning win.
Luis Suarez scored two goals on his Premier League comeback as Liverpool climbed back up to second place with a hard-fought 3-1 victory at struggling Sunderland on Sunday.
Suarez added to Daniel Sturridge's opening goal to put Brendan Rodgers's side 2-0 ahead at the break against the winless and managerless hosts, who remain bottom of the table with just a single point from six games.
Earlier, Norwich City won 1-0 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium to register their second victory of the league season and only their second away win of 2013.
Jonathan Howson claimed the game's only goal in the 34th minute with a low drive from 25 yards that dipped right in front of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.