Its was a good afternoon for the top sides in The English Premier League.
Arsenal, Manchester United & Tottenham got victories with Man City keeping a clean sheet to secure a point away to Stoke.
It leaves Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool on top of the league with nine points, Manchester United, Chelsea & Manchester City are on 7pts. Liverpool and Chelsea have games in hand.
Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Robin van Persie & Wayne helped Manchester United beat Crystal Palace and give manager David Moyes his first Premier League victory at Old Trafford in his 13th game there as a manager.
Van Persie slotted a penalty in the 45th-minute. The spot-kick was given after Kagisho Dikgacoi fouled Ashley Young.By no means was it a stone wall penalty but with Dikgacoi getting red carded it was always going to be a huge battle in the second half for Palace.Palace fans felt the offence took place outside the area.
Marouane Fellaini came on after 62 minutes to make his United bow before Wayne Rooney scored from a free-kick in the 81st minute.
With 19 shots on goal and depending on two spot kicks it was not a super performance by Manchester United.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway on BT Sport: “My opinion doesn’t count because the result is the result and I have just got to deal with it.
“I literally can’t afford it so I can’t say a word [about the penalty and sending off] and let everyone else judge it. He [the referee] has a difficult job to do though especially at Old Trafford which such a noisy partisan crowd.
“I am very disappointed we lost the game but not in the manner in which we lost it or the way my players behaved and conducted themselves.”
Manchester United manager David Moyes speaking to BT Sport: “I thought we played well but I thought we needed to score a few more goals with the build up play we managed.”
On Wayne Rooney: “He tired a bit in the second half but I thought he was great in everything that he did. I wanted him to get 90 minutes under his belt which is important with the busy week we have coming up.”
Sunderland 1 – 3 Arsenal -
Aaron Ramsey scored twice as Arsenal beat Sunderland in contentious circumstances.
Arsenal debutant Mesut Ozil set up Olivier Giroud for an early strike, with Craig Gardner equalising from the spot after the break.
But after Ramsey volleyed in, the game turned when Jozy Altidore was denied a goal after referee Martin Atkinson failed to play an advantage.
Ramsey scored a fine second to earn Arsenal’s fifth consecutive win.
Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Johnson, Ki, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Fletcher. Subs: Brown, Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Cuellar, Mannone, Borini.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud, Ramsey. Subs: Vermaelen, Monreal, Fabianski, Frimpong, Miyaichi, Gnabry, Akpom.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Tottenham 2-0 Norwich -
Tottenham victory over Norwich City at White Hart Lane and joint top spot in the Premier League.
Andre Villas-Boas handed a debut to new signing Christian Eriksen and the Dane created Tottenham’s first goal, with Sigurdsson applying the finish.
The Iceland international converted a Paulinho cross for his second and was denied a hat-trick by John Ruddy.
Andros Townsend almost scored a third but was also denied by Ruddy.
Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele, Paulinho, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado. Subs: Kaboul, Holtby, Naughton, Defoe, Friedel, Sandro, Lamela.
Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Elmander, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Martin, Howson, Hooper, Pilkington, Bunn, Olsson, Tettey.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Stoke 0-0 Man City -
Stoke City wasted several excellent chances as a below-par Manchester City held on to ensure the teams played out a fifth consecutive Premier League draw at the Britannia Stadium.
City had decent spells of possession, particularly before the break, but were limited to long-range shots.
Stoke, seeking a third league win in four, played with far greater purpose.
Jonathan Walters twice wasted glorious chances and Kenwyne Jones was denied by a good block by City keeper Joe Hart.
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Wilson, Etherington, Jones. Subs: Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Arnautovic, Crouch, Sorensen, Ireland.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Javi Garcia, Nastasic, Kolarov, Toure, Rodwell, Milner, Jovetic, Nasri, Negredo. Subs: Lescott, Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Aguero, Fernandinho, Pantilimon, Boyata.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
- Man Utd 2 – 0 Crystal Palace FT
- Aston Villa 1 – 2 Newcastle FT
- Fulham 1 – 1 West Brom FT
- Hull 1 – 1 Cardiff FT
- Stoke 0 – 0 Man City FT
- Sunderland 1 – 3 Arsenal FT