Ferguson rages at referee as Tottenham beat Man U
Chelsea extend Premier League lead over Man U with win over Arsenal
CHELSEA beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as Manchester United suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Tottenham. It was the Lilywhites’ first win at Old Trafford since 1989 and one that was thoroughly deserved despite the absurd rantings of Alex Ferguson at the end.
"Four minutes of added time is an insult to the game, it’s a disgrace,” raged the United manager, who believed his team should have been given more stoppage time to find that elusive third goal. United are still in third spot, level on points with noisy neighbours Manchester City, but their defence is simply not good enough and Ferguson should address that particular problem before blaming poor timekeeping.
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale gave Tottenham a 2-0 lead at half-time but then came three goals in three crazy minutes. First Nani scored for United, then Clint Dempsey for Spurs and finally Shinji Kagawa made it 3-2. The crowd, the managers, the players, no one could believe what they were seeing. But that was the end of the goalfest as Tottenham held on for a victory that lifts them up into fifth spot.
But the performance of Spurs wasn’t the only incredible sight on Saturday; some of the Arsenal defending was just as bewildering as the Gunners suffered their first defeat of the season. All the good defensive work of the past few weeks was undone as the Arsenal defence gifted soft goals to Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, both of which rendered Gervinho’s fine strike irrelevant. “It is unacceptable to give away goals like that in the big games," fumed Wenger. "We can only blame ourselves. We lacked real authority and decisiveness at the back."
The defeat leaves Arsenal in seventh position on nine points, seven behind Chelsea and four shy of second-placed Everton. The Toffees’ excellent start to the season continued with a 3-1 win over visitors Southampton at Goodison Park.
Nikica Jelavic bagged a brace for the Merseysiders after Leon Osman had cancelled out Gaston Ramirez’s early goal for Southampton. “Some of our play in the first half had me clapping and smiling,” confessed Everton boss David Moyes at the end of the game.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was less cock-a-hoop after seeing his side overcome Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Mladen Petric put the home side in front from the penalty spot but second half goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko earned City the points. The win was the Sky Blues’ first in a month but Mancini still wasn’t happy. "It was out of the box and it was no foul, no penalty,” he muttered afterwards, adding: “The referee is there to take a decision. Sometimes he does well, sometimes he can do bad.”
In other results Liverpool claimed their first win of the Premier League season with a 5-2 thrashing of Norwich. Luis Suarez was the star of the show, cracking a hat-trick as Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard also got in on the act. The win moves Liverpool to 14th and Brendan Rodgers later paid tribute to Suarez: “This was another masterclass in finishing,” purred the Liverpool manager. “It was a special day for him and the team.”
In other results, two goals from Demba Ba gave Newcastle a share of the spoils against Reading and denied the Royals their first win of the season as it finished 2-2 at the Madejski Stadium. And Peter Crouch also found the net twice as Stoke beat Swansea 2-0 to move into 12th spot, just one place behind the Welsh club.
Finally Steven Fletcher scored his fifth goal in four Premier League games to hand Sunderland their first win of the season against Wigan. ·