Everton stun Mourinho, Man U raze Palace
By Steven Griffiths ,AFPLONDON -- Wayne Rooney returned to give Manchester United manager David Moyes his maiden win at Old Trafford as the champions beat Crystal Palace 2-0, while Jose Mourinho suffered the first Premier League defeat of his second spell at Chelsea.
September 16, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Rooney had missed United's defeat at Liverpool and England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after suffering a gashed head in a training ground collision with teammate Phil Jones.
But, wearing a black headband to protect the damaged area, Rooney marked his return to action with his first goal of the season in the 81st minute.
Robin van Persie had struck from the spot to give United the lead in first-half stoppage-time after Palace's South African midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off for fouling Ashley Young.
Moyes sent on Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini for his United debut in the 61st minute following his 27.5 million pounds (US$43.7 million) move from Everton on transfer deadline day.
With Alex Ferguson watching from the stands for the first time since his retirement, United sealed their first win in three league games — and Moyes's first on home soil since his arrival as Ferguson's successor — thanks to Rooney's fine free-kick.
“He tired a bit in the second half but I thought he was great in everything he did,” Moyes said of Rooney.
“I wanted him to get 90 minutes under his belt, which is important with the busy week we have coming up.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho's Chelsea, who taken seven points in his first three matches, paid the price for failing to convert their early chances as Steven Naismith's goal in first half stoppage-time gave Everton a 1-0 win — their first under new boss Roberto Martinez — at Goodison Park.
Naismith, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, headed in after Chelsea debutant Samuel Eto'o and winger Andre Schurrle both squandered golden opportunities.
Mourinho said: “We didn't deserve to lose because we were the best team. But on the other hand we had 21 shots, some of them easy shots, and we didn't score, so we can't complain.”
At Sunderland, Mesut Ozil, Arsenal's club record signing, made an instant impact during his 79-minute appearance, while teammate Aaron Ramsey continued his fine start to the campaign in the Gunners' 3-1 victory.