Paul Scholes, of Manchester United, with Norwich goalkeeper
John Ruddy at the end of the game after Scholes just failed
to score. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Manchester United were humbled 1-0 by Norwich City and
Chelsea upset at West Bromwich Albion as Premier League
champions Manchester City took advantage of their rivals'
mistakes with a 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa.
United, who suffered their third league defeat of the season
in the late kickoff at Carrow Road, succumbed to a
60th-minute header from their former youth team player
Chelsea lost 2-1 at West Brom, with Peter Odemwingie's
second-half winner sending the home side into fourth place
and ruining the return of former Baggies manager Roberto Di
City's victory at the Etihad Stadium, engineered with two
goals apiece by Argentine dup Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez,
took them top of the league for the first time this season.
Roberto Mancini's side have 28 points from 12 matches, with
United second on 27 points.
Chelsea have 24 points from 12 games with Albion a point
Southampton increased the pressure on Queens Park Rangers
manager Mark Hughes by winning their basement battle 3-1 away
and Reading, who also started the day in the bottom three,
surprised Everton with a 2-1 home win - Adam Le Fondre's
double leading them to their first league win this season.
Arsenal had kickstarted their season in the early Saturday
kickoff by beating north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2
after Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for a
reckless first-half challenge on Santi Cazorla.