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United flop in Manchester derby
August 19, 2007 20:16 IST
Manchester United's worrying start to the defence of the Premier League title turned into a crisis on Sunday when they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City.
The result left Sven-Goran Eriksson's City top of the league with a maximum nine points, while United languish just outside the bottom three with two points.
It is United's worst start to a Premier League season since 1992 when they managed just one point from their opening three matches. It is also the worst start by any defending champions.
An untidy Manchester derby at Eastlands was settled after 31 minutes by Geovanni, one of the numerous signings made by Eriksson since taking charge last month.
The Brazilian midfielder broke into space and delivered a low shot that skimmed off the shin of United defender Nemanja Vidic before nestling inside the post.
It was one of the few City attacks in a match dominated by United. Carlos Tevez was twice guilty of wasteful finishing for the champions while Vidic headed against the crossbar.
Chelsea will go seven points clear of United if they win at Liverpool later on Sunday.