The current champions of the Premier League, were not at their fluent best in Saturday’s early kick-off and struggled to break down a well organised Palace side. Van Persie had two early chances – his audacious flick didn’t come off and his effort from a glorious Rooney pass hit the bar – before Ashley Young’s run into the box was illegally halted.
Dikgacoi was sent off and Van Persie sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.
United failed to make their numerical superiority count in the second half, until the 80th minute, when Rooney’s free-kick squeezed in past Speroni, to hand David Moyes his first win at Old Trafford, in front of the onlooking Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mesut Ozil, who arrived on deadline day for a princely £42.5m, set Arsenal on their way to three points, with an exquisite assist for Olivier Giroud in the 11th minute. Gardener scored from the spot, after Koscielny fouled Adam Johnson, before Aaron Ramsey’s brace settled the tie.
Their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, finally scored from open play this season, as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brace gave them a 2-0 win over Norwich at White Heart Lane. Jose Mourinho suffered the first loss of his second tenure at Chelsea, as Naismith’s header before the break handed the hosts all three points and Roberto Martinez’s first win as boss of Everton.
Manchester City failed to break down Stoke City at the Britannia and it ended goalless. Newcastle defeated Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park, thanks to Hartem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran goals. Christian Benteke got the only goal for the home side.
In other games, Hull drew 1-1 with Cardiff City at home and Fulham held West Brom to a 1-1 too at Craven Cottage.