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United leave it late, Chelsea frustrated

Published: Sunday 14 August 2011, 19.32CET
A late own goal by Steven Reid ensured that Manchester United FC got their Premier League title defence off to a winning start, after Chelsea FC were held to a 0-0 draw by Stoke City FC.

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Published: Sunday 14 August 2011, 19.32CET

United leave it late, Chelsea frustrated

A late own goal by Steven Reid ensured that Manchester United FC got their Premier League title defence off to a winning start, after Chelsea FC were held to a 0-0 draw by Stoke City FC.

A late Steven Reid own goal earned Premier League champions Manchester United FC a 2-1 opening-day victory against West Bromwich Albion FC after rivals Chelsea FC had played out a goalless stalemate at Stoke City FC.

United began the match strongly and took a 13th-minute lead when Wayne Rooney latched onto an Ashley Young pass and drove a shot on the turn past Ben Foster. Nani twice sent close-range efforts over the bar before West Brom equalised, debutant Shane Long beating David De Gea (37) with a shot that crept under the Spanish goalkeeper.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who subsequently lost both centre-backs Nemanja Vidić and Rio Ferdinand to injury, then grabbed a winner (81) when Young broke through to fire a low strike that Reid deflected past Foster.

Earlier on, André Villas-Boas's hopes of getting his reign as Chelsea manager off to a winning start were dashed by an obdurate defensive display from Stoke. Though Fernando Torres, preferred in the lineup to Didier Drogba, looked lively throughout the goalless draw, Tony Pulis's rearguard held firm. The closest the UEFA Europa League hopefuls came to conceding was when Asmir Begović tipped a 72nd-minute shot by Nicolas Anelka onto the bar.

Last updated: 06/12/13 9.55CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 07/09/2011 17:33 CET

14/08/2011

West BromWest Brom1-2Man. UnitedMan. United

Long 37

Rooney 13, Reid 81 (o.g.)

Venue: West Bromwich

14/08/2011

StokeStoke0-0ChelseaChelsea

Venue: Stoke

13/08/2011

NewcastleNewcastle0-0ArsenalArsenal

Venue: Newcastle

13/08/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool1-1SunderlandSunderland

Suárez 12

S. Larsson 57

Venue: Liverpool

13/08/2011

QPRQPR0-4BoltonBolton

Cahill 45+2, Gabbidon 67 (o.g.), Klasnić 70, Muamba 79

Venue: London

13/08/2011

WiganWigan1-1NorwichNorwich

Watson 21 (p)

Hoolahan 45

Venue: Wigan

13/08/2011

BlackburnBlackburn1-2WolvesWolves

Formica 20

S. Fletcher 22, Ward 47

Venue: Blackburn

13/08/2011

FulhamFulham0-0Aston VillaAston Villa

Venue: London

13/08/2011

TottenhamTottenham-EvertonEverton
Venue: London

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