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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dreary Leeds Downs Manchester United

LONDON -- Manchester United lost its first competitive match since April when it crashed 1-0 at arch rival Leeds as high-flying Arsenal was brought to earth in a 2-2 draw at Everton.


David Wetherall's 35th-minute header gave George Graham's Leeds its first home Premiership victory in five attempts and ended the champions' nine-match unbeaten start to the campaign.


Leeds goalkeeper Nigel Martyn had a outstanding game, denying Alex Ferguson's side a goal with a string of spectacular saves. Former Arsenal boss Graham described the result as the "most satisfying win since I took over the club."


Without a home win all season however, Leeds was unadventurous in attack and looked dull.


"Heard the one about the Leeds United credit card?" quipped a soccer writer in Saturday's Guardian newspaper. "It's the one with zero interest."


United lost inspirational captain Roy Keane to a knee injury. He joined Ryan Giggs, Andy Cole, Nicky Butt and David May on the casualty list.


"I felt we deserved to win the game because we had so much possession, but we let in a bad goal and that always makes it difficult away from home," said Ferguson.


Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger blasted his players after watching them blow a two-goal lead supplied by Ian Wright and Marc Overmars as Everton hit back through 17-year-olds Michael Ball and David Cadamarteri.


The draw gave Arsenal a one-point lead over United at the top of the table, but the Gunners manager was not happy with his side's performance.


He said: "We have no excuses. I warned my team what would happen to them if they didn't concentrate against such young players, and they found out what I meant when they hit us with that comeback."


Goals from Ian Marshall and Graham Fenton in an nine-minute spell early in the second half saw Leicester consolidate a fine start to its season with a 2-0 win at premiership whipping boy Barnsley.


Roy Evans admitted his side was its own worst enemy again after Liverpool crashed to a 2-1 defeat at West Ham.


The Reds looked set to take all three points after a stunning volley by Robbie Fowler canceled out John Hartson's first half opener before Israeli Eyal Berkovic sealed a win that ended the Hammers' run of four defeats.


Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Kenny Dalglish's Newcastle was a triumph of positive soccer over negative as the west Londoners moved up to fourth.


Gustavo Poyet headed the only goal after 74 minutes following the introduction of third striker Mark Hughes.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)