Sunderland vs Manchester United, plus reaction to Tottenham's victory over QPR and Hull and Stoke's draw - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Sunderland vs Manchester United, plus reaction to Tottenham's victory over QPR and Hull and Stoke's draw - LIVE!

 Hull v Stoke, Tottenham v Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland v Manchester United 
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of all today's action in the Premier League with Marc Williams. On the second Sunday of top flight entertainment we have Tottenham vs Queens Park Rangers and Hull vs Stoke up first followed by Sunderland vs Manchester United.

  • Hello again everyone and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League action on the second Sunday of the new season. 

    I'm Marc Williams and I'll be here all day to take you through the games, including Stoke's trip to Hull and the second London derby of the weekend, Spurs against QPR. Both games are up first at half one.

    After that, we get a second chance to see Louis van Gaal's Manchester United, as they travel to face Sunderland. 

    United started the new season just as they did the last - with a new manager but still lacking ideas, no real game play and a defeat to Swansea. Not good at all, was it?

    Today all eyes will be on Van Gaal and how he will find a way to get United back to playing somewhere near their best or at least to get a point on the board. 

    With kick-off to our first games today just under an hour and a half away, let's get into the action, we've got plenty to talk about! 

    How will his side fair today? 
    8/24/2014 11:00:06 AM
  • Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey celebrate after claiming a late point 

    Yesterday's Action

    Before we get going with today's offerings, let's have a quick recap of yesterday. 

    Arsenal left it late but managed to claim a vital point against Everton, those two are surely destined for another fourth place battle come the end of the season and that point could be massive. 

    In the south/east London derby, West Ham swept aside managerless Crystal Palace 3-1 and the woes just keep getting worse and worse at Selhurst. 

    Carlton Cole wrapped up things for the Hammers with his first goal since February 

    And, in the early kick-off Aston Villa and Newcastle suffered from a Friday night hangover as they played out a pretty dull goalless draw. 

    New signing Daryl Janmaat's performance was one positive for Newcastle 
    8/24/2014 11:12:48 AM
  • Diego Costa notched his second league goal in as many games 

    Yesterday's Action

    Also in yesterday's packed Saturday of games, we saw the new look Chelsea side claim their second win over a newly promoted side in as many weeks. 

    Jose Mourinho's men found it difficult but beat a plucky Leicester side thanks to a second league goal from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard's first of the new season. David Nugent had missed a glorious chance for the away team while the score was still goalless. 

    Nathan Dyer's first half strike was enough to make sure Swansea kept up their 100% record this season, as they beat Burnley by one goal to nil

    Nathan Dyer's goal was more than enough to see off Burnley 

    And finally, Southampton and West Brom both looked out of form and still on their holibobs as they failed to light up the south coast and finished sharing a point, 0-0. 

    It was frustration all round at St Mary's 
    8/24/2014 11:21:48 AM
  • So all that happened yesterday and now on to today's action! 
    8/24/2014 11:24:22 AM
  • John O'Shea in action against his old club 

    Sunderland v Manchester United

    Could John O'Shea have been the one to solve the puzzle that is Manchester United?

    Last weekend, the Red Devils, under new boss Louis van Gaal, still looked a million miles away from the team that won the league two years ago. 

    O'Shea will face his old side today but is he exactly the kind of player Van Gaal needs in his ranks?


    Leading out Sunderland today at the Stadium of Light will be John O’Shea, who spent a dozen years at United, earning nearly 400 appearances and a shelf of medals without ever nailing down a regular first-team spot; Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were just too good. So, in 2011, O’Shea moved on to Wearside in search of regular first-team football.

    Now, though, the 33-year-old is just the sort of experienced defender the club needs in the wake of that pair’s departure. Not that the duo are the only familiar faces who will not be in the visiting line-up. “It will be odd playing United without Vidic, Rio, [Patrice] Evra, but particularly [Ryan] Giggs because he was there so many years,” said O’Shea.


    8/24/2014 11:32:03 AM
  • Hull v Stoke

    Team news: The teams at the KC Stadium have been announced, come and have a look at how they set up today. 

    Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Robertson, Davies, McShane, Chester, Livermore, Quinn, Jelavic, Ince, Huddlestone

    Subs: Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Meyler, Boyd, Harper, Aluko

    Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters, Whelan, Shawcross, Wilson, Odemwingie, N'Zonzi, Diouf, Sidwell, Arnautovic

    Subs: Muniesa, Adam, Walters, Cameron, Crouch, Bojan, Sorensen
    8/24/2014 11:36:54 AM
  • Tottenham v QPR

    Team news: Roll up, roll up, come and get your team news from White Hart Lane

    Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Rose, Bentaleb, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Lamela, Capoue, Adebayor, Eriksen, Chadli

    Subs: Lennon, Soldado, Holtby, Kane, Dembele, Friedel, Davies

    QPR: Green, Phillips, Traore, Caulker, Ferdinand, Dunne, Isla, Fer, Remy, Mutch, Barton

    Subs: Simpson, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha, Faurlin, Murphy, Hoilett, Zamora
    8/24/2014 11:40:07 AM
  • Hull will be without Robert Snodgrass today 


    Hull v Stoke

    Here's your match preview for this game, from our man Will Jamieson.

    In years gone by this wasn't the prettiest of ties but both clubs are turning around their image and long are the days of the hit and hope, crash em, smash em football of before. 

    Now both play nice, passing football and there's even a Barcelona wonder kid on the bench! 

    Kick off is under 45 minute away, 

    While admittedly it may not be the most glamorous fixture the Premier League has to offer, expect a tight affair when these two sides meet at the KC Stadium. In recent seasons, the sides have been evenly matched with only one goal being scored in the two games they played last season. However, they are both works in progress; Hughes continues to shape Stoke in his own image after Tony Pulis’ long reign as a manager, while Hull’s rise under Bruce doesn’t look like ending anytime soon after he guided them back to the Premier League and into Europe for the first time in their history.

    8/24/2014 11:48:01 AM
  • Harry Redknapp is 'not bitter' has he returns home 

    Tottenham v QPR

    Harry Redknapp would have ever right to be bitter and hold a grudge as he returns to White Hart Lane this afternoon.

    But, to his credit, the QPR boss says he has no ill feeling against his former club. 

    Jack Pitt-Brooke looks into what 'Arry had to say before the north/west London derby. 

    Spurs finished fourth in the 2011-12 season under Redknapp. Since he was sacked they have finished fifth and sixth. He could be bitter about it, but he is not. “I have no enemies at Tottenham,” Redknapp said yesterday morning, “I get on well with [chairman] Daniel Levy. I am hoping the club does well.

    8/24/2014 11:52:20 AM
  • Roberto Soldado scored in Europe on Thursday 

    Tottenham v QPR

    This is a interesting tie, filled with sub plots and intrigue aplenty. 

    Will Jamieson provides us with a match preview for the all London clash at White Hart Lane.

    Will Harry Redknapp get a victory over his former club, he'd surely love that?  

    Classic Moment: QPR recorded a priceless win in their quest to beat the drop in the 2011/2012 league campaign, beating Tottenham 1-0 at Loftus Road. Adel Taarabt came back to haunt his old club scoring the winning goal with a first-half free kick. It proved a crucial strike as QPR went onto ultimately survive.
    8/24/2014 11:56:53 AM
  • There's plenty going on around the Indy's website today, as always! Here's a selection of the best, go and have a good read before the footie gets going today. 




    8/24/2014 12:01:26 PM
  • Spurs will be hoping for good things from Erik Lamela today 

    Tottenham v QPR

    Team news: Have a closer look at the team news from White Hart Lane and what the two managers have gone for. 


    Spurs beat West Ham despite playing with ten men for the majority of the game last weekend while QPR suffered a drab defeat at the hands of Hull. 



    8/24/2014 12:05:13 PM
  • Ex-Bracelone star Bojan starts from the bench today 

    Hull v Stoke

    Team news: Here's the same for the other game at 1.30pm today from the KC Stadium. 


    Hull kicked off their campaign with a good away victory over QPR last weekend but Stoke were poor as they lost at home to Aston Villa. 

    These stats don't suggest this game will be a classic, let's hope the history books are rewritten today! 



    8/24/2014 12:11:26 PM
  • Louis van Gaal here with new signing Marco Rojo 

    Sunderland v Manchester United

    Louis van Gaal doesn't hold back, does he? 

    In his pre-match press conference, the new boss at Old Trafford said he is now 'the devil of Manchester'.

    Not totally sure about that but if he doesn't start getting his new side going, he could be staring into the dark abyss. 

    Steve Tongue sums up what LVG had to say. 

    "Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester and now I am the devil of Manchester," he told a news conference on Friday.

    "It's the football world and it is especially the media in this football world.

    "I think the fans of Manchester are intelligent. I've already said that it shall be difficult in the first three months, for the players and also for the fans."


    8/24/2014 12:16:45 PM
  • Just ten minutes until kick-off today. Hull v Stoke and Tottenham v QPR up first today and we'll be keeping a close eye on both games. 

    Later on we have Sunderland v Manchester United but let's know turn our attentions to the live action. 

    The warm-ups are done and the players are all but ready, nearly time to get going! 
    8/24/2014 12:22:25 PM
  • Remember you can get in touch throughout the day by just hitting the 'Make a Comment' button above and let us know any of your view, thoughts or ideas. 
    8/24/2014 12:25:28 PM
  • The players are out on the pitch at both the KC and the Lane, time for this second Sunday of the new season to explode into life. 

    What surprises will today bring? Time will tell! 

    Get that Sunday roast in the oven, garb a beverage of some kind, sit back and enjoy! 
    8/24/2014 12:28:18 PM
  • Hull v Stoke

    0 min: Stoke get us underway at a sun drenched KC stadium...
    8/24/2014 12:30:37 PM
  • Tottenham v QPR

    0 min: And we're going in north London too, slightly less sunny here though I'm afraid. 
    8/24/2014 12:31:27 PM
  • Tottenham 0 QPR 0

    2 min: Tottenham get going well at the Lane and right into their stride. A group of players hound Armand Traore and the when the ball eventually falls to Erik Lamela, he sees his effort deflect behind. Good start from Spurs. 
    8/24/2014 12:35:03 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0

    3 min: James Chester and Mame Biram Diouf get to know each other a little better early on but our referee today, Jonathan Moss, decides that the Stoke man was a little too physical there. He was nearly in on goal too. Chester's blushes are saved.
    8/24/2014 12:36:59 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0 

    7 min: Good, lively start to this game and it looks like we should get goals today! Robertson, down Hull's left, is seeing a lot of the ball and he puts in a super ball that Asmir Begovic does well with to claim. No hit and hope here, this is proper, passing football! 
    8/24/2014 12:40:03 PM
  • Tottenham 0 QPR 0

    8 min: All Spurs at the Lane so far and last weekend's hero, Eric Dier, looks good again. He puts in a lovely ball from the right but Robert Green does well in the Rangers' net. 

    Remember Eric Lamela? I wouldn't blame you if you'd forgotten him! 


    8/24/2014 12:43:12 PM
  • GOAL!!! Tottenham 1 QPR 0 - Nacer Chadli

    11 min: Well, it was all Spurs early on and they've made that pressure tell! Another forgotten man has it, Nacer Chadli from just six yards out. Emmanuel Adebyaor gets down the right hand side and sends a cross to the back post. There, Chadli chests it down and smashes it past Green. It's been coming. 
    8/24/2014 12:43:39 PM
  • RED CARD!!! Hull 0 Stoke 0 - James Chester

    13 min: What a difference a week makes. Last week Chester was scoring the winning goal on the opening day of the Premier League season, today, he is sent for an early bath within 13 minutes. He had to go as well, good decision from Jon Moss. Chester, the last man, cuts down Glenn Whelan, red card, job done, oh dear. 

    James Chester sees red 

    8/24/2014 12:45:28 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0 

    20 min: Hull have it all to do now and it is a hot day out there this afternoon. Best part of 80 minutes with ten man against a quick, powerful Stoke side - that isn't a task anyone would like. The away side having carved out anything yet. 
    8/24/2014 12:53:05 PM
  • Tottenham 1 QPR 0

    21 min: What a shocker that is from QPR and it really, really should level in north London. Matty Phillips get in behind the Spurs' back four and produces a wonderful first touch to kill the ball at his feet. He looks up and with only Hugo Lloris to beat, the winger smashes over. His eyes lit up to brightly and his foot struck the ball to powerfully. What an opportunity. 
    8/24/2014 12:56:06 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0

    26 min: This game has turned into a training session of defence v attack now. Hull are struggling to get any foot hold at all. Eric Pieters and Steven N'Zonzi both have good chances but Mark Hughes' men haven't created a clear opening yet. They do have the Humber Messi on the bench, 
    8/24/2014 12:59:47 PM
  • HIT THE BAR! Tottenham 1 QPR 0

    27 min: Ohhh what a lovely effort that was. Christian Eriksen, from 25 yards out, clips the crossbar with a deliciously curling free-kick. Rob Green was complete beaten then and if it was an inch lower, it would have been two. 

    So, so close for Eriksen 

    8/24/2014 1:01:36 PM
  • GOAL!!! Tottenham 2 QPR 0 - Eric Dier

    30 min: And that is the second now. Tottenham have been very, very good so far this afternoon and now the scoreline reflects that. It's the two Erics that combine as Lamela sends a cross over to Dier who heads in his second of the campaign already. What a signing he is proving to be! 


    Eric Dier now has two goals in as many games this season 
    8/24/2014 1:01:53 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0 

    36 min: It's proving easy for Tottenham at the Lane today but Stoke are finding the wall of amber and black in front of them a tough thing to break down. Alan McGregor is still yet to make a save and to be honest, despite all their possession and pressure, Stoke don't look like scoring any time soon. Mama Biram Diouf goes into the book. 
    8/24/2014 1:09:10 PM
  • GOAL!!! Tottenham 3 QPR 0 - Nacer Chadli

    36 min: It's all falling apart for the new boys QPR who are finding out just how tough the to flight is, as if they needed that lesson. Chadli gets his second of the game and Erik Lamela is involved once again, much to the delight of the home faithful. The Argentine is running things today and he floats a gorgeous cross right onto the head of the unmark Chadli. Beautiful football form Spurs. 

    Nacer Chadli flies through the air to head in his second goal 

    8/24/2014 1:09:34 PM
  • GOAL!!! Hull 1 Stoke 0 - Nikica Jelavic

    41 min: For all thier play, Stoke haven't done nearly enough and now they've been bitten by the Tigers! Just like caged lions - er tigers -  Hull fly forward on a rare break after being pinned back for the last 20 minutes. Tim Huddelstone fires at goal and Asmir Begovic can only palm it into Jelavic's path who finishes neatly from a tight angle. They have something to protect! 

    In other news, Bojan is on for Stoke! This one is getting exciting! 

    Nikica Jelavic celebrates after scoring his goal  

    8/24/2014 1:12:57 PM
  • Tottenham 3 QPR 0

    45 min: Spurs are absolutely all over poor old Rangers at the moment and Emmanuel Adebayor goes so close to making it four before half time but his powerful strike is deflected wide. 
    8/24/2014 1:18:06 PM
  • HALF TIME! Tottenham 3 QPR 0
    8/24/2014 1:18:18 PM
  • HALF TIME! Hull 1 Stoke 0
    8/24/2014 1:18:28 PM
  • That's half time in both games then and what drama and action we've had. 

    Tottenham are cruising and playing some majestic football to take a three goal lead into the break. 

    Hull, ten man Hull, have a lead to protect thanks to Nikica Jelavic's effort just before the half. 
    8/24/2014 1:20:11 PM
  • Just about ready to get the second 45s underway then. 

    Remember we've got Sunderland v Manchester United coming up later on but now let's return to the action from the KC and White Hart Lane. 
    8/24/2014 1:33:22 PM
  • Hull 1 Stoke 0

    46 min: Hull start the second half lively and produce a couple for promising attacks that fizzle out. They have 45 minutes to hold on to what will be a great win, can they do it? No changes at half time. 
    8/24/2014 1:35:14 PM
  • Tottenham 3 QPR 0

    47 min: Harry Redknapp does make a change though and Nedum Onuoha comes on for Richard Dunne. Coming on with your team 3-0 down at half time? Cheers boss...
    8/24/2014 1:36:32 PM
  • Hull 1 Stoke 0

    49 min: Hearts in mouths for the home faithful for a second until Arnautovic completely miss kicks his effort and it bounces into the ground and up into McGregor arms. He has been very poor today and second later he lets the ball go underneath his foot from a simple five yard pass and right out of play. Not his day and not Stoke's either so far. 
    8/24/2014 1:39:21 PM
  • Hull 1 Stoke 0

    52 min: Alan McGregor is called into action twice in quick succession for the first meaningly time today. First he gets down smartly to stop Ryan Shawcross' low drive and then is brave to dive at the feet of several players to stop a dangerous cross. Hull will need him in this last 38 minutes or so, that's for sure. 
    8/24/2014 1:42:19 PM
  • Tottenham 3 QPR 0

    54 min: No real chances in this half just yet but Spurs have by no means let up on their opponents despite the scoreline. More goals here I reckon, more Tottenham goals that is. 
    8/24/2014 1:43:47 PM
  • Hull 1 Stoke 0

    56 min: That miss-kick is Marko Arnautovic's last action of the game and Peter Crouch comes on for him, that'll help my spelling at very least! 

    Elsewhere, Liam Rosenior comes on for Tom Ince as Steve Bruce looks to sure things up at the back. 

    Brucie's been barking at his Tigers all game long 
    8/24/2014 1:47:17 PM
  • Tottenham 3 QPR 0

    59 min: Mark my words, if Spurs score again today it'll come from Lamela or Eriksen, they have both been superb today. Eriksen draws a smart piece of work from Joey Barton or that could have four. 
    8/24/2014 1:49:06 PM
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