Van Gaal claims first point
A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League.
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Jack Rodwell's first Sunderland goal left Louis van Gaal still awaiting his first Barclays Premier League win as Manchester United drew 1-1 at the Stadium of Light to collect their first point of the season.
The £10million summer signing from Manchester City capitalised on some woeful defending to head home Sebastian Larsson's corner on the half-hour, in the process cancelling out Juan Mata's opener.
But in truth, the Spaniard's 17th-minute strike had come against the run of play with the visitors once again misfiring alarmingly as they tried to come to terms with Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.
Even Robin van Persie's presence could not spark a marked improvement on a day when reports claimed Real Madrid striker Angel di Maria was heading for Old Trafford, and the Black Cats, roared on by a crowd of 43,217, gave as good as they got.
Tottenham's winning start to the season continued as they brushed QPR aside with a convincing 4-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
The hosts started brightly and it took them just 12 minutes to take the lead as Nacer Chadli collected a back-post cross from Emmanuel Adebayor on his chest before lofting the ball over Robert Green.
A second Spurs goal came through Eric Dier, who netted a debut winner at West Ham on the opening day, as the defender made it two in two when he met Erik Lamela’s near-post corner with a thundering header.
Harry Redknapp was enduring a miserable return to White Hart Lane and things were made worse for him on 37 minutes as Chadli netted his second of the afternoon with a fine header following Lamela’s surging run and cross.
A change in formation brought a second-half improvement from the visitors, but Adebayor grabbed the goal his performance deserved as he slotted beyond Green with a cool finish after being found by Danny Rose to make it four.
Stoke salvaged a 1-1 draw against 10-man Hull after captain Ryan Shawcross bundled home from close-range seven minutes from time.
The Tigers had James Chester sent off after only 14 minutes but appeared on course to claim an unlikely win after Nikica Jelavic's instinctive finish gave them the lead shortly before half-time.
Indeed, for much of the 76 minutes they played with a man disadvantage they were the better side, outpassing, outchasing and outworking a Potters team that lacked direction.
But Stoke rescued a result, and a first point of the season, when Phil Bardsley's angled shot ricocheted off the inside of the post, against goalkeeper Allan McGregor and was nudged over the line by the waiting Shawcross.
Hull were left to fume with the goal coming from a Stoke throw-in which should have gone the home side's way.