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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 October 2006, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Sunday's football photos

Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez happily embrace

Man Utd 2-0 Liverpool: Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez happily embrace ahead of today's first Premiership match

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (L) poses with Sir Bobby Charlton, who made his United debut 50 years ago

Sir Bobby Charlton, along with a string of footballing legends is presented with a figurine for his United debut 50 years ago

Wayne Rooney (C) fights for the ball against Liverpool"s Xabi Alonso and falls

Wayne Rooney struggles to score past Xabi Alonso as he vies to end his goal drought on his 100th United appearance

Manchester United players Wayne Rooney (L) and Patrice Evar (R) jump on to team mates after Paul Scholes scores against Liverpool

Paul Scholes is smothered as he marks his 500th United game in style by tucking away the home side's opening goal

Rio Ferdinand (centre) celebrates his goal

The hosts extend their lead over the Merseysiders as Rio Ferdinand scores a superb left-foot shot from six yards

Steven Gerrard wipes his face after Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand scores

Steven Gerrard can only look on shame-faced as United jump to the top of the league, 11 points ahead of Liverpool

Bolton Wanderers' Nicolas Anelka (left) and Blackburn Rovers' Robbie Savage tussle

Blackburn 0-1 Bolton: An action-packed Lancashire derby leads to Robbie Savage's 6th booking of the season

Kevin Nolan of Bolton Wanderers joins in the celebrations as Ivan Campo (8) celebrates his winning goal

Ivan Campo heads in his fourth goal of the season on the 63rd minute, giving the visiting team a lead at Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers' Jason Roberts (left) has his shirt pulled by Bolton Wanderers' Quinton Fortune

However, consecutive fouls on Jason Robert's awards Rovers two penalties - golden goal opportunities to go in front

Jussi Jaaskelainen (L), Kevin Nolan (C) and Ivan Campo (R) of Bolton Wanderers argue with referee, Mike Dean after he awards a second penalty to Blackburn

But Jussi Jaaskelainen denies the first and major protests errupt over the second which results in Nolan being sent off

Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate (left) and Newcastle United's Antoine Sibierski battle for the ball

Middlesbrough 1-0 Newcastle: Jonathan Woodgate returns from injury against his former club in the Tyne-Tees derby

Glen Roeder, Manager of Newcastle United looks down

Yakubu heads in Boro's late winner which is enough to break Glen Roeder's heart after earlier missed chances

Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon (left) is chased by West Ham United's Yossi Benayoun

Tottenham 1-0 West Ham: Spurs' forward Aaron Lennon makes an early curling shot inches wide of Paul Green's goal

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United players confront each other after Jermain Defoe's foul

A fracas later breaks out after Jermain Defoe closely confronts Javier Mascherano after being tackled from behind

Tottenham Hotspur's Ahmed Mido celebrates his goal

But Ahmed Mido lifts the crowd with a superb tight-angled shot before half time, but is swiftly booked for stripping off

Jemain Defoe sits on the pitch and looks on after missing a chance on goal

Defoe seems determined to score his 100th top-flight goal against his former club, but is frustrated by his attempts

Arsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates scoring with team-mates

Reading 0-4 Arsenal: The afternoon's late encounter opens up with a smooth and easy 12-yard goal from Thierry Henry

Alex Hleb of Arsenal is congratulated by team-mate Tomas Rosicky

Alexander Hleb extends Arsenal's advantage with an eight-yard strike before half time at the Madejski stadium

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann claims the ball ahead of Reading's Stephen Hunt

Jens Lehmann safely collects Stephen Hunt's attempt on goal and is prompt to shake his finger at the Royal

Arsenal's Robin Van Persie (left) celebrates his goal with Alexander Hleb, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas

And the celebrations continue in the second half with Robin van Persie's tidy slot home from Hleb's pass

Thierry Henry, left, celebrates his penalty goal against Reading with teammate Robin van Persie

The game finishes on a high for the visitors, as Henry scores his second goal - a penalty after a Marcus Hahnemann foul



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