25 Sep 2011

Manchester United drop first points of the season

8:42 am on 25 September 2011

The English football side Manchester United have dropped their first points of the season after a 1-1 draw at Stoke City but ended the day leading the Premier League table.

Earlier in the day Manchester City went ahead of United after their 2-0 win over Everton but United have regained top spot, albeit on goal difference.

The stalemate has brought United's winning five-match start to the season to a close.

United and City both have 16 points from six matches.

Chelsea are third after their 4-1 win over Swansea City which proved an eventful match for their Spanish striker Fernando Torres who scored their opener after 29 minutes but was sent off for a flying lunge which earned him a straight red card 10 minutes later.

In other action, Newcastle United maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers to stay fourth, Liverpoool moved up to fifth with a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur won their third successive league game to move into sixth place with a 2-1 victory at Wigan Athletic.

Arsenal, who have made their worst start to a season for 58 years, climbed from 17th to 12th after beating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at the Emirates leaving Bolton bottom after a fifth successive defeat.