Burnley had the first big shock of the new Premier League season as they beat Manchester United for the first time in 41 years 1-0.
Robbie Blake scored for newly promoted Burnley in the 19th minute with a volley to the near post that beat goalkeeper Ben Foster. Manchester United missed a host of chances as Michael Carrick missed a penalty kick just before halftime and Michael Owen squandered three very good opportunities.
“We’re disappointed and it wasn’t a great performance by us,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “But maybe it was Burnley’s night—so many things happened in their
box, I don’t know how we didn’t score. With the chances we had, we should have won.”
“Nobody gave us any sort of chance tonight,” Burnley manager Owen Coyle said. “We scored a wonderful goal and are absolutely delighted.”
Elsewhere Tottenham moved to the top of the table with a convincing 5-1 victory at Hull as Jermain Defoe scored three goals. Robbie Keane and Wilson Palacios also got goals for Spurs. Stephen Hunt got his second goal in two games for scored for Hull and Hull boss Phil Brown is now officially first on my who will get sacked first board.
Liverpool rebounded from losing to Spurs to beat Stoke 4-0 at Anfield behind goals from Fernando Torres, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog.
In a relegation six pointer, Birmingham beat Portsmouth 1-0 on a 90th-minute penalty kick by Jamie McFadden.