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United begin title defence in style under Moyes

Published: Saturday 17 August 2013, 20.19CET
Manchester United FC began their title defence in style under new manager David Moyes on an opening day that produced a victory for Liverpool FC but a home defeat for Arsenal FC.

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Published: Saturday 17 August 2013, 20.19CET

United begin title defence in style under Moyes

Manchester United FC began their title defence in style under new manager David Moyes on an opening day that produced a victory for Liverpool FC but a home defeat for Arsenal FC.

Manchester United FC began their title defence in perfect fashion with a 4-1 opening-day victory at Swansea City AFC, while Liverpool FC, Southampton FC and West Ham United FC all won on a day to forget for Arsenal FC.

The champions looked in fine fettle in David Moyes' first competitive game since taking over as United manager from Sir Alex Ferguson. Robin van Persie picked up from where he left off last term, opening the scoring with an acrobatic volley in the 34th minute before Danny Welbeck doubled the advantage two minutes later. The Dutch international smashed in a third 18 minutes from time and, athough Swansea grabbed a late consolation through summer signing Wilfried Bony, it was to be United's day as Welbeck chipped in an exquisite fourth at the death.

In the opening game of the Premier League season at lunchtime, Liverpool FC triumphed 1-0 against Stoke City FC thanks to Daniel Sturridge's first-half drive into the bottom right-hand corner. Brendan Rodgers' side had new recruit Simon Mignolet to thank, though, as the Belgian international goalkeeper saved Jonathan Walters' late penalty and reacted sharply to keep out the rebound.

Elsewhere, it was a day to forget for UEFA Champions League play-off entrants Arsenal. The north London club had Laurent Koscielny sent off in a 3-1 home defeat against Aston Villa FC and their misery was compounded with full backs Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna going off injured.

Rickie Lambert's 32nd consecutive successful penalty was the difference between the sides as Southampton FC started with a win at West Bromwich Albion FC. Newly promoted Cardiff FC lost 2-0 at West Ham United, while Fulham FC were the day's other winners, beating Sunderland AFC 1-0 and Everton FC shared four goals with Norwich City FC.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.52CET

Results

English Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/10/2013 15:24 CET

17/08/2013

SwanseaSwansea1-4Man. UnitedMan. United

Bony 82

Van Persie 34, 72, Welbeck 36, 90+2

Venue: Swansea

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ArsenalArsenal1-3Aston VillaAston Villa

Giroud 6

Benteke 22, 61 (P), Luna 85

Venue: London

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NorwichNorwich2-2EvertonEverton

Whittaker 51, Van Wolfswinkel 71

Barkley 61, Coleman 65

Venue: Norwich

17/08/2013

SunderlandSunderland0-1FulhamFulham

Kasami 52

Venue: Sunderland

17/08/2013

West BromWest Brom0-1SouthamptonSouthampton

Lambert 90 (P)

Venue: West Bromwich

17/08/2013

West HamWest Ham2-0CardiffCardiff

J. Cole 13, Nolan 76

Venue: London

17/08/2013

LiverpoolLiverpool1-0StokeStoke

Sturridge 37

Venue: Liverpool

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