United, City lose as Arsenal guns forward
By Steve Douglas ,APMANCHESTER, England -- The two Manchester clubs slumped to shock defeats and Arsenal moved two points clear with a win at Swansea on Saturday, extending the unpredictable start to the English Premier League.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Five months after capturing a 20th English title, Manchester United is languishing in 12th place in the 20-team standings after losing 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion in the latest setback to hit David Moyes' troubled first season in charge.
Amid its worst six-game start to a league season since 1989, United slipped eight points behind Arsenal after the London club beat Swansea 2-1 for an eighth straight away victory in the league.
The only solace for United on an action-packed day was neighbor Manchester City enduring similar misery by sinking 3-2 at Aston Villa.
With the Manchester giants showing fluctuating form, their rivals from London are taking full advantage. Tottenham is two points behind in second after drawing 1-1 at home to third-place Chelsea in an entertaining match that saw Fernando Torres sent off for the visitors.
“I'm concerned after today's result, but only because we didn't play well,” said Moyes, whose team took another blow six days after losing 4-1 to City in the derby. “But there are a lot of games to go and I'll try to put it right.”
Even promoted teams Cardiff and Hull are above United after six games. Cardiff won its first away match of the season, 2-1 at Fulham, and Hull edged West Ham 1-0.
But another newcomer, Crystal Palace, lost 2-0 at Southampton, which is adding to the surprise factor this season by sitting in fourth place.
Sunderland is lodged to the bottom on one point ahead of Sunday's game against Liverpool. Unbeaten Everton hosts Newcastle on Monday.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey maintained his stunning start to the season by setting up Serge Gnabry's opener in the 58th then scoring himself four minutes later at Liberty Stadium. Ben Davies cut the deficit in the 81st but Arsenal held on and is confounding expectations.