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United’s perfect start halted by Stoke

Peter Crouch celebrates his goal for Stoke City

Manchester United’s 100% Premier League start to the season came to a grinding halt on Saturday as they were held by Stoke City.

Nani got the Red Devils off to the perfect start only for his goal to be cancelled out by Peter Crouch at the Britannia Stadium.

But it was the home side who threatened to take all three points after a under-par performance from United who had started the season so well.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with David De Gea’s showing in their draw at Stoke City.

De Gea made a number of top-class saves to earn his side a hard-fought draw.

Ferguson said: “He had a couple of great saves in the first half and looked very confident. He has terrific composure, nothing disturbs him. He just sailed through the game.”

Fernando Torres had a bitter sweet day on Saturday as Chelsea faced Swansea City. He opened the scoring in their 4-1 win but was shown a straight red card for a two-footed lunge.

Stamford Bridge boss Andrew Villas-Boas said: “The sending off, I have nothing to say.

“It looks a good decision by the referee. There is nothing for Torres to apologise for. It is the referee’s decision.”

Fernando Torres given a straight red card

Asked how Torres is feeling, he replied: “I don’t know. He is disappointed, for sure.”

Elsewhere Liverpool got back to winning ways thanks to a 2-1 home win over Wolverhampton. Luis Suarez scored the home side’s second with a fine solo effort.

Manchester City beat Everton 2-0, Spurs triumphed over Wigan, 2-1 and Newcastle beat Blackburn 3-1.

Two goals from Robin Van Persie saw Arsenal run out comfortable winners over Bolton and West Brom were held to a goalless draw by Fulham.

On Sunday, QPR and Aston Villa finished one a piece.


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