Saido Berahino scores the winner at Old Trafford as WBA secure shock win
Saido Berahino was the star of the show as he netted the winner in West Bromwich Albion’s shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
The England Under-21 international began the game on the bench, but was called into action after 13 minutes to replace the injured Scott Sinclair.
Lively throughout the first half, the 20-year-old scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the 67th minute, to inflict a first home defeat for David Moyes, and leave United with just seven points from the opening six games.
Berahino has enjoyed a spectacular start to the season – netting four times in the League Cup already, and scoring the winner on his Under-21 debut against Moldova - but the goal at Old Trafford will surely be considered the most important of his fledgling career so far.
Wayne Rooney captained and scored for a Manchester United side featuring England’s Phil Jones and Michael Carrick – but it was the visitors that will come away with all the headlines.
Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson was at White Hart Lane to see several English players perform well in a gripping encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
With Theo Walcott ruled out of the October double-header, it was an opportunity for Andros Townsend to impress – and impress he did, with a lively first-half performance - before being substituted on 63 minutes as Andre Villas-Boas looked to protect what they had.
Frank Lampard, Kyle Walker, Micahel Dawson, Ashley Cole, Kyle Naughton and former England captain John Terry all completed 90 minutes during the entertaining lunchtime game at White Hart Lane.
It is was Terry who got Chelsea back into the game, levelling on 65 minutes as the visitors got a deserved equaliser after being on top for much of the second half. They may have gone on to win the game had it not been for Fernando Torres’ 81st-minute red card, with the visitors forced to shut up shop and protect the point.
Meanwhile, Rickie Lambert netted his second league goal of the season as Southampton defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 at St Mary’s – taking his overall tally for the season to four following his goals for England against Scotland and Moldova.
Elsewhere, England number one Joe Hart was unable add to his impressive clean sheet record this season, as his Manchester City side succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at Villa Park.