Chelsea top the Barclays Premier League at the conclusion of the season’s second weekend, following their 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Neither side took full advantage in the most eagerly-anticipated fixture so far but Jose Mourinho’s side held out for the point, though David Moyes’ United provided the greater attacking threat.
The result leaves the Blues at the summit having a played a game more than their rivals, with Friday’s Super Cup showdown against Bayern Munich keeping them out of league action next weekend.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are the only teams still with perfect records, after securing 1-0 victories over Aston Villa and Swansea City respectively. Once again Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Soldado were the match winners for their sides.
Elsewhere new boys Cardiff City enjoyed perhaps the best result of the weekend, as they wrapped up a famous 3-2 win over title favourites Manchester City at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Ironically former United striker Fraizer Campbell was the hero as his double saw off Manuel Pellegrini’s side, whose new signing Alvaro Negredo opened his goal scoring account as a minor consolation.
Arsenal also grabbed their first points of the season when Lukas Podolski scored twice to record a 3-1 win over Fulham, who saw Darren Bent score his first goal for the club at Craven Cottage.
Stoke City enjoyed their first victory too with Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross on target for Mark Hughes’ Potters, who cancelled out Marouane Chamakh’s earlier strike for pointless Crystal Palace.
10-man Hull City also broke their duck as Robbie Brady’s penalty was enough to secure a 1-0 over Norwich City, despite having Yannick Sagbo sent off for a head butt at the KC Stadium.
In other games Jose Fonte rescued a point for Southampton in their 1-1 draw with Sunderland at St Mary’s, while Everton and West Bromwich played out a stalemate at Goodison Park as did Newcastle and West Ham United at St. James’ Park.