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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Speedy Cole Delivery Sets Up 3-0 United Win

LONDON -- Manchester United wrote a small piece of club history as the English champion beat Coventry 3-0 and kept the pressure on leader Blackburn.


Dane Peter Schmeichel's safe hands in goal have ensured United's kept a clean sheet for five games in five so far, the club's best defensive start to a season since joining the league 105 years ago.


Blackburn won 2-1 at newly-promoted Crystal Palace in a return for new manager Roy Hodgson to his distant south London playing roots.


Blackburn leads United on goal difference with the two clubs on 13 points, three clear of the rest.


Striker Andy Cole started for United for the first time this season and scored after 76 seconds with a shot deflected in past goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic.


Captain Roy Keane, off an inswinging corner, and Czech forward Karel Poborsky, from a pass by Ryan Giggs, scored the others in the 72nd and final minutes.


Blackburn, buoyed by a 7-2 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday, took the lead Monday through Chris Sutton in the 23rd minute, scoring his sixth goal in five matches this season and making him the top goalscorer.


Kevin Gallacher made it 2-0 in the 31st before Palace pulled a goal back through Bruce Dyer in the 51st.


West Ham moved up to third place on 10 points after beating Wimbledon 3-1 at Upton Park. Wimbledon is now the only premier league club without a win.


Arsenal's Ian Wright was booked in the first half of a goalless but action-packed north London derby against Tottenham, which played with 10 men after Justin Edinburgh was sent off for a second booking in the 44th minute.


Chelsea, which smashed six goals past Barnsley last Sunday, beat Southampton 4-2 to go fourth despite ending with 10 men after defender Frank Sinclair was sent off for violent play 12 minutes from time.


Dan Petrescu chipped over the defense and scored off the post in the seventh minute. Kevin Davies equalized in the 25th before Chelsea moved up a gear.


Franck Leboeuf made it 2-1 in the 28th, Mark Hughes scored in the 31st and Dennis Wise in the 34th. Ken Monkou pulled a goal back for 4-2 in the 59th.


Derby beat Barnsley 1-0, with Italian Stefano Eranio scoring the club's first official goal at its new Pride Park stadium with a 43rd-minute penalty.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)