Weekend scorecard
By Andrew Cuff
Monday 03 Nov 2008 11:30:00
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Hull City provided late scare but United hold on. Hull City have had a dream start to their Premier League season, though after a recent defeat this week. United dominated the start with Ronaldo opening the scoring in the 3rd minute, but Hull levelled up shortly afterwards thanks to Daniel Cousin in the 23rd minute. The first scare for United in a game filled with close encounters with defeat, though United spurred into action resulted in both Carrick and Ronaldo slotting home goals before half time. United 3 - 1 Hull (Half-time).

The second half started much like the first ended with united dominating possession and on the offensive, but after Vidic provided the 4th for United in the 57th minute United relaxed giving Hull City the opportunity the needed. Rallied by the fans singing in the Theatre of Dreams Hull City put one past Van der Sar in the 69th minute through Mendy and then a penalty gave Hull the 3rd goal in the 82nd minute, after Rio Ferdinand pulled down Mendy in the box. Hull who started 2 points clear of United before the match leave Old Trafford with their first away defeat and slip down to 6th in the Premier League table.

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Liverpool defeated by a revived Tottenham.

Kuyt opened the scoring in the 3rd minute giving Liverpool the early lead though Carragher was the second to add his name to the scoring sheet in his own net giving Tottenham the break they needed to then allow Pavlyuchenko to score in the 90th minute and steal the full three points for Spurs.

Arsenal broken by Stoke. Stoke scoring both goals from long throw ins, gave them the early goal in the 11th minute and the second coming in the 73rd minute. Stoke managed to hold off an Arsenal onslaught only conceding the one goal in the 90th minute thanks to Clichy. Arsenal though losing Van Persie to a red card meaning he will miss the clash at the Emirates this weekend against Manchester United.

United move into third position, their strongest position so far this season. United lie five points behind both Chelsea and Liverpool but a solitary point ahead of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Hull City. Newcastle take up position at the bottom of the Premier League table after Tottenham’s victory moves them into 19th position. Middlesbrough have had a great season lying in 8th place.

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United take on Celtic in the away leg of the Champions League on Bonfire Night, Wednesday 5 November. The weekend match sees united travelling to London to tackle Arsenal. A victory essential in both competitions as a loss could undo all the hard work United have put in this last month.



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