Injury time penalty salvages a point for Stoke, who had led 2-0 at half-time
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 6:14:52 PM
To Old Trafford for one of English football's greatest fixtures! Manchester United going head-to-head with Arsenal can conjure a whole host of memories from down the years. Think Sylvain Wiltord winning the title. Think Wayne Rooney’s tumble slaying Arsenal’s Invincibles. Think Ruud van Nistelrooy and Martin Keown. Think Mark Overmars and that Arsenal fan with the beard going postal. Think wonder goals from Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry and…erm…John O’Shea. Think 8-2 and Arsene Wenger’s meltdown. There's always something to remember when these two meet. What will it be today?
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:03:12 PM
Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0: The players have appeared from the Old Trafford tunnel. We've had two upsets today. Considering the circumstances, would a Manchester United home victory constitute a third? I can't even believe I typed that.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:07:39 PM
Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0: The game begins with Manchester United kicking from left to right, and Phil Jones kicking Mikel Arteta.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:13:55 PM
Swansea 0 Stoke 0: Across at the Liberty Stadium, Alejandro Pozuelo forces Stoke's joint top goalscorer Asmir Begovic into an early save, diving low to his left to turn a shot away for a corner.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:17:06 PM
GOAL! Swansea 0 Stoke 1: On his 100th consecutive Premier League appearance for the club, Jonathan Walters has given Stoke the lead in Wales. The Irishman latched on to Peter Crouch's flick on and bundled his way past two Swansea defenders before steering the ball past Gerhard Tremmel.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:19:59 PM
Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0: Games against Arsenal have played an integral part in the Wayne Rooney story, and the Manchester United man is showing glimpses of being on top of his game again this afternoon. His low strike from outside the box registers the day's first attempt on goal, but it is comfortably dealt with by Wojciech Szczesny.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:25:43 PM
But will it be five, eight or 11 points comes 6pm this evening?
Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0: It's been a relatively even opening 20 minutes at Old Trafford with neither side able to get in behind their opposing defences. I'm told it's finely poised rather than boring.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:33:41 PM
GOAL! Swansea 0 Stoke 2: Stoke have doubled their lead at the Liberty Stadium courtesy of a quite fantastic, free-flowing team move. Walters and Crouch are both involved and it ends with Stephen Ireland cooly finishing. Stoke have completely reinvented themselves.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:40:36 PM
GOAL! Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: It had to be Robin van Persie who broke the deadlock and, unsurprisingly, it has come from a set-piece. Wayne Rooney swung over a corner, and the former Arsenal striker got in ahead of Olivier Giroud at the near post and looped his header over Kieran Gibbs, and into the far corner.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:40:52 PM
We really shouldn't have expected anything else...
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: Reflecting on the goal for a moment, it was good to see Van Persie celebrate scoring against his former club. Too often now we see players feigning humility after netting against their former employers and I hate it. Never mind tackles from behind and imaginary card waving, this is something we need to eradicate from football.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:53:07 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: Worrying moments for Arsenal as Phil Jones and Wojciech Szczesny clash heads following a corner. The Arsenal goalkeeper stays down and receives lengthy treatment, but is eventually deemed fit to continue. Don't tell Tottenham.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:56:09 PM
Wayne Rooney congratulates Robin Van Persie on celebrating a goal against a former club.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:57:55 PM
Half-time - Swansea 0 Stoke 2:
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 4:59:26 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: There's another man down with a head injury and this time it's Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic. The Serb refuses the option of a stretcher but heads down the tunnel seconds before the half-time whistle for treatment. We'll have to wait to see if he reappears after the break.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:03:10 PM
Half-time - Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: And there is the half-time whistle. It's been a game of few chances, but it's the champions that have the lead thanks to a goal from - who else - Robin van Persie. League leaders Arsenal will have to show more from an attacking intent in the second half if they wish to maintain (or extend) their eight point cushion over Manchester United.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:05:23 PM
We presume that The Independent's Sam Wallace is being sarcastic, but I'm tempted to say this sounds more fun than the first half...
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: Vidic didn't make it back for the start of the second half so on has come Tom Cleverley, meaning a new centre-half pairing of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for Manchester United.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:18:33 PM
GOAL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2: The Swans are back in the game at the Liberty thanks to Wilfried Bony's header. Stoke fail to properly clear a Swansea corner and when the ball was put back into the area for a second time, theIvorian was all alone in the six yard box to plant a downward header past Begovic.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:27:19 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: The visitors are trying to force their way back into the game. Giroud and Ozil have both shown flashes of skill in the final third without reward, and the German has just fired wildly into the side netting from a wide angle after the ball had ricocheted around the Manchester United penalty area.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:32:20 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: Wayne Rooney goes so close to adding a second United goal. Arsenal's defence can only half clear Shinji Kagawa's flick-on, and the ball eventually falls to the England striker on the edge of the box. He does brilliantly to make the chance for himself with some close control, but can only drag the ball wide of the post.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:34:46 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: For the third time today, we're seeing a team 1-0 down 'enjoying' a lot of possession, but unable to make a breakthrough. United are defending in packs and Wayne Rooney is everywhere. It's a terrifying thought.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:42:44 PM
GOAL! Swansea 2 Stoke 2: Nathan Dyer has drawn Swansea level. It's not a strike that will make the Goal of the Season shortlist, but it's a very important one as far as the Welsh club are concerned. Again, Stoke failed to fully clear a Swansea set-piece and when the ball fell to Dyer on the edge of the box, he scuffed his volley into the ground yet it evaded everybody to end up in the net. Stoke wouldn't have scored that wonderful second goal under the management of Tony Pulis, but it's doubtful they would have let these two goals in too.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:44:24 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: Wayne Rooney might not want to be everywhere in the final 15 minutes if he hopes to make it to the end of the game. He's just been booked for scything down Aaron Ramsey.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:48:46 PM
Ryan Giggs has just been introduced as a substitute which means...
GOAL! Swansea 3 Stoke 2: The Swansea comeback is complete at the Liberty Stadium. Substitute Jonjo Shelvey did well to make the chance on the left and Wilfried Bony pulled away from his marker to make sure he was on hand to confidently tuck away his second of the afternoon. Impressive stuff from the Swans!
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 5:58:32 PM
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: The Gunners are huffing and puffing, but they can't blow the Manchester United rearguard down. There's two minutes plus injury time remaining and Marouane Fellaini is on to shore up the hosts in midfield.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 6:00:56 PM
PENALTY! Swansea 3 Stoke 2: Penalty to Stoke in the 95th minute...
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 6:04:05 PM
GOAL! Swansea 3 Stoke 3: ...and Charlie Adam converts from 12 yards. Stoke had thrown everyone up for a corner in the final seconds of injury time (including goalscoring sensation Asmir Begovic) and, in the resulting melee, referee Robert Madley spotted a handball. It offered the visitors a chance to salvage something from this dramatic encounter, and their midfielder made no mistake.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 6:05:47 PM
Full-time - Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: It's all over at Old Trafford and it's a huge victory for Manchester United. On a weekend where many of their rivals have dropped points, the champions have shown that they still have a part to play in the title race. Robin van Persie scored the goal, but it was his strike partner Wayne Rooney that stole the show with another excellent individual performance. Arsenal are beaten for the first time since the opening day of the season, and will be disappointed that their second half dominance failed to produce more opportunities.
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 6:06:02 PM
Full-time - Swansea 3 Stoke 3:
by Sam Dymond11/10/2013 6:06:14 PM
Three live games. Three 1-0 wins that went against the formbook. Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester United all defended their first half leads brilliantly under second half pressure, but all were thankful for inspired individual performances. Tim Krul was incredible in the Newcastle goal, Wes Brown brilliant at the heart of Sunderland's defence while Wayne Rooney gave everything for Manchester United all over the pitch.
Elsewhere, there was a terrific game in South Wales where Swansea came from two goals behind, only to see victory snatched from them in the final seconds by a controversial penalty - not the first one awarded this weekend.
Ultimately though, it's Manchester United who have had the final say. Their victory over the league leaders takes them up to fifth in the Premier League and now has them just five points off the top. Out of the title race? I wouldn't bet on it.
So that's it for this weekend. We'll need the upcoming international break to recuperate, but we'll be back in a fortnight with live coverage of all the top-flight action that will include a Merseyside derby, a London derby and Manchester City versus Tottenham. Until then, thanks for reading and goodnight.