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Stoke end Man United’s perfect start; Brighton get first win


Stoke end Man United’s perfect start; Brighton get first win

Stoke end Man United’s perfect start; Brighton get first win

Stoke ended Manchester United’s perfect Premier League start on Saturday, while Brighton and Hove Albion picked up their first top-flight win in 34 years.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s brace earned Stoke a 2-2 home draw. Meanwhile, Christian Gross score twice as promoted Brighton beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1.

Despite being held, United still top the table on goal difference over Manchester City, who earlier beat 10-man Liverpool 5-0, with both on 10 points from four games.

“It was a difficult match for different reasons,” United manager Jose Mourinho told BT Sport.

“Stoke are big, strong and powerful in the air. They fought hard and probably deserved a point.

“A point is a point. It is not what we came for, but a point is a point.”

Stoke took the lead in the 43rd minute when Choupo-Moting swept in from close range, the first goal conceded by United this season.

The visitors responded quickly in stoppage time as Paul Pogba’s header from a flicked-on corner hit Rashford and went in.

Lukaku then scored off the rebound of his own saved shot to put United in front in the second half only for Choupo-Moting to equalize seven minutes later.

“What a team performance,” Stoke captain Darren Fletcher said. “The work rate and the attitude was great.

“We went 2-1 down and came back. We showed a lot of character.”

Gross scored Brighton’s first two goals of the season as they won in the top flight for the first time since 1983.

Tomer Hemed made it 3-0 before James Morrison scored a consolation for West Brom.

“We’re feeling a lot better now after our first win, but we need to take this one forward,” Brighton boss Chris Hougton said.

“It’s a good platform to build on, but we are very conscious of how difficult this division is.”

Manchester City took advantage of Sadio Mane’s first-half sending off in thrashing Liverpool.

Sergio Aguero gave them the lead before Mane was shown a red card for a foot to the face of goalkeeper Ederson, who had rushed out of his area to head away a high bouncing ball.

Though Ederson was carried off on a stretcher, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp thought the dismissal was harsh.

“I don’t think it was a red card, Sadio didn’t see the goalkeeper,” he said. “It’s unlucky, an accident.

“The keeper comes out. You want to go for the ball. I hope people see it for what it is.”

Gabriel Jesus then scored either side of half-time before Leroy Sane added a pair of late goals.

Alvaro Morata and N’golo Kante scored as Chelsea won 2-1 at Leicester to move up to third. Meanwhile, surprising Watford are fourth after beating Southampton 2-0 on goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat.

Harry Kane scored twice, including his 100th Tottenham goal, in a 3-0 win at Everton while Danny Welbeck’s brace helped Arsenal to a convincing 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Burnley visit Crystal Palace and Newcastle host Swansea in Sunday’s games.

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