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By Chris Bevan
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1859: Right, time for me to call it a night. It's been a crazy few hours but I've enjoyed every minute, and I hope you lot did too. Don't forget to watch Match of the Day 2 tonight (2200 BST on BBC Two and this website in the UK) and join me, Chris Bevan on Tuesday for a night of Carling Cup action. Until then, farewell.

Full time
FULL-TIME Man Utd 3-1 Chelsea
Phil McNulty reports from Old Trafford: "Manchester United's flawless Premier League record is maintained but Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas can take some hope from defeat. Fernando Torres will face inevitable criticism for his amazing miss - but showed signs of real sharpness at times."

Full time
FULL-TIME Southampton 4-1 Birmingham
Shamoon Hafez reports: "Saints go marching on, to the top of the Championship table after their 13th win in a row at home."

Full time
FULL-TIME Sunderland 4-0 Stoke
John Sinnott reports: "Awful day at the office for Stoke, who are usually so organised and committed, but the Stadium of Light is illuminated for the first time this season as Sunderland pick their opening win of the campaign."

Full time
FULL-TIME Fulham 2-2 Man City
Alistair Magowan reports: "Fulham deserve their point but Manchester City learn a telling lesson about combining Champions League football with domestic ambitions."

Full time
FULL-TIME Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool
Kerry Wilkinson reports: "Embarrassing for nine-man Liverpool but highly enjoyable for Emmanuel Adebayor, who scores twice on his home debut."

Full time
FULL-TIME Rangers 4-2 Celtic
Andy Campbell reports: "Rangers needed a huge turnaround in the second half and they got it, with Nikica Jelavic's header and Kyle Lafferty's strike putting them back in command. A red card for Charlie Mulgrew dented Celtic's chances and Steven Naismith's second of the day ensured a home win. Entertaining, dramatic, engrossing… it was the Old Firm derby."

1843: Got your breath back yet? It's been a manic day, starting with the Old Firm clash between Rangers and Celtic, and continuing right to the end of United-Chelsea. Here's how the afternoon unfolded...

1839: Hopefully Javier Hernandez has avoided serious injury, anyhow. He limped off the pitch, rather than being carried off and Sir Alex Ferguson did not mention Hernandez has any long-term problems when he was asked about it.

1836: Jescfc (and a few more of you on Twitter and text) are right. Referee Phil Dowd clearly tells the players that the reason it's not a penalty is because the ball was (marginally) out of play. Still a horror tackle from Ashley Cole, though, whether it was last-ditch attempt to block a goal or not. That would have been a red card if it were anywhere else on the pitch... ESPECIALLY because it is so late the ball is already out of play.

jescfc on Twitter: "Re Ashley Cole penalty. Cole has committed a foul on Chicharito, however the ball was out of play at the time of the offence - therefore no penalty."

kevinhkelly on Twitter: "Re Ashley Cole penalty. Hate agreeing with Fergie - but Ashley Cole should have gone for that tackle on Hernandez and it should have been a penalty."

1832: Right, where were we? After seeing that Nani penalty decision again, I conclude it was a penalty. Jose Bosingwa got man before ball. And after seeing Wayne Rooney's slip, I conclude that it was a contender for the most off-target penalty ever.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Fernando Torres' miss: "I thought he was bound to score. It was a bad miss, he had so much time. It reminded me of one that Diego Forlan missed for us against Juventus in a pre-season friendly."

F_StateMachine on Twitter: "Still perplexed how Cole's yellow card in the penalty area doesn't equal a penalty."

Me too. Sir Alex Ferguson just admitted he doesn't know either. "I must ask the referee about that," he says.

From Jay in London, via text: "Re 1808. Are you crazy? Lucky not to be sent off? Bosingwa played the ball - clearly!"

From Chris, Chelsea fan, via text: "Re 1808. Bosingwa lucky to not get sent off?! It was never a pen in a millions years, replays clearly show he's got the ball!"

samlockley on Twitter: "Re 1808. Clear penalty, standing leg first then ball. Should've been a red. Not with Dowd. Cole got booked and no pen, inconsistent!?"

GeorgeUnsted on Twitter: "Let us not forget Southampton's continued domination of the Championship, (bar Leicester City). They tore Birmingham apart!"

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas on his side's 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford: "It was a crazy game. The scoreline doesn't represent what happened in the game. We had very good chances but it didn't fall our way."

1814: Here's a stat for you, courtesy of BBC Sport's John Sinnott: Chelsea's loss today was the first league defeat Andre Villas-Boas has suffered since 18 April 2010 when his Academica team lost 3-2 at home to Benfica.

CE_Barrett on Twitter: "Torres harshly criticised for a performance which apart from the 'miss' would have been considered a great return to form."

1808: I am STILL waiting to see that Nani penalty again. Did Jose Bosingwa really get the ball first? Most of you have already told me what you think! Wayne Rooney's slip and miss was pretty memorable too. Shades of David Beckham in Euro 2004 and John Terry in the 2008 Champions League final too.

1805: And let's not forget about nine-man Liverpool's disastrous afternoon at White Hart Lane, Fulham's fightback for a point against Manchester City and Sunderland's first Premier League win of the season, in style against Stoke too. Throw in a thrilling Old Firm match and Southampton thumping Birmingham to go top of the Championship and we have had an unforgettable Sunday.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Inevitable attention will focus on Torres' miss - but thought he had played well up to that point. In front of the Stretford End as well."

ScottxKanowsky on Twitter: "Torres looked lively today, but that miss...worried any progress made by him will be lost with that."

Benjymack on Twitter: "Re 1747. At least Ronny Rosenthal hit the crossbar!"

robinpjohnson7 on Twitter: "That was undoubtedly the weirdest game of football I think I've ever seen."

eddkahn on Twitter: "I can't wait for MOTD tonight. Not to watch the goals but to watch the misses!"

1756: How do you pick the bones out of that little lot? Lots of talking points, from Wayne Rooney to Fernando Torres, and that penalty too. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

OptaJoe on Twitter: "9 - Wayne Rooney is the first player in PL history to score 9+ goals in his first five appearances of a season. Peerless."

1754: Moments of genius, controversy, missed penalties and horrific misses. That game had everything. The end result is that Man Utd have won five games out of five and are out on their own, two points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Full time
1753: FULL-TIME Man Utd 3-1 Chelsea

1752: Chelsea are still coming forward, more in hope than anything else. They have had plenty of opportunities to get something out of this game, but their chances disappeared with that Fernando Torres miss.

1749: Everyone is at it now. Wayne Rooney beats the offside trap and sprints towards goal, before crossing for Dimitar Berbatov, who is to his right and unmarked in front of goal. But Rooney overcooks the pass and Berbatov, stretching, cannot get much power in his shot. Ashley Cole sprints back to slide in and hack clear under his own crossbar, then takes a nasty whack as he collides with a post.

1747: Five minutes of stoppage time to be played at Old Trafford.

Der_Wanderfalke on Twitter: "That Torres miss was worse than Ronnie Rosenthal's."

Yep, it was 100 times worse.

1744: Right, while I picked myself up of the floor after that Fernando Torres miss, Darren Fletcher went into Phil Dowd's book for a foul on Juan Mata. Just two minutes of the 90 to go, and United still lead 3-1. It should be 3-2, in fact I don't know how it isn't.

1741: You have to feel for Fernando Torres here. That was embarrassing. He ran on to Jose Bosingwa's pass, and waltzes past David de Gea, leaving himself with the seemingly easy task of passing the ball into an empty net. He could even walk it in. To be honest, he has time to do whatever he wants. But he misses, skewing his shot horribly wide. He collapses to the turf, head in hands. That has got to hurt.

1740: Unbelievable. Fernando Torres misses an open goal from six yards out. That is the worst miss I have ever seen.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Andre Villas-Boas is not giving up on this. Still very animated as he prowls his technical area."

1737: By the way, not sure if I saw the Nani penalty from an inconclusive angle, but quite a few of you seem to think Jose Bosingwa got some of the ball. He definitely got some of the man too from what I saw of it. Anyway, more on that later (when I see another replay). Play continues. Dimitar Berbatov is on for the injured Javier Hernandez and almost gets on the end of a curling ball into the box. Almost.

Yellow card
1735: Ashley Cole is a very lucky man. He cleaned Javier Hernandez out after the Mexican had got his shot away, with a terrible challenge that is late and high. That's a booking for the Chelsea defender, and I'm not really sure why it wasn't a penalty too.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1735: For all Chelsea's endeavour, United should have a fourth goal. Wayne Rooney scuffs his shot on to the post when he meets Patrice Evra's cross on the edge of the six-yard box... and Javier Hernandez slams his follow-up into the side-netting.

1_1andrew1_1 on Twitter: "Anyone noticed the difference between blonde Torres and the brunette one?"

dot2dotman on Twitter: "Torres seems to have realised he used to be a footballer."

1728: Fernando Torres is having one of his better days in a Chelsea shirt, but the second goal won't come for the £50m man. He rolls back the years to make space for a shot that David de Gea can only push away, and gets on the end of the loose ball in the area too... only to wildly blast his follow-up over the bar. United still lead 3-1, and this is the sort of game you don't want to end.

1727: Romelu Lukaku is right in the thick of it straight away, almost getting on the end of a cross at the near post. Credit to Chelsea, they are still giving everything, and they have got 20 minutes left to try to salvage a point.

1725: Chelsea's turn to make a change. A chance for Romelu Lukaku to make a splash, because he is on for Daniel Sturridge.

1723: ... Rooney slams it straight into the wall, but United have corner as a consolation. Ashley Young plays it short before bending it in, and Phil Jones rises at the far post to send a header skidding wide.

1722: United have a free-kick about 25 yards out. Wayne Rooney is behind it...

tom_midwood on Twitter: "It might be 2.15am here in oz but I am absolutely glued to my TV, this is just absorbing stuff - whats going to happen next?!"

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after seeing Fulham fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2: "It's incredible, we lost two points after we scored two goals and dominated the game, but I think this can be a lesson for us. When we have the chances we should score."

1719: A couple of changes by United. Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick for Chris Smalling and Anderson.

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Only eight of 18 Premier League penalties this season have been converted."

KevinOnEarth on Twitter: " Comical peno from Rooney. Shades of Beckham."

1717: It's been pure drama at Old Trafford so far, and there are still more than 30 minutes left. I haven't even had time to dwell on the fact that Fernando Torres has opened his account for the season but what do you make of that Wayne Rooney miss? United lead 3-1.

Someone has won a penalty
United missed penalty: Right, where do we start? Nani cuts inside and slams a rasping shot against the bar, before sprinting to meet the rebound and being sent tumbling by Jose Bosingwa, who is lucky not to be sent off. John Terry is booked for arguing as Wayne Rooney waits to take his spot-kick, and then we see echoes of Terry's Champions League shoot-out miss against United in Moscow as Rooney slips while taking his penalty and firing a long way wide.

1713: MISSED PENALTY by Wayne Rooney, who slips and fires wide

1712: PENALTY to Manchester United

1711: The game is still wide open at Old Trafford. Juan Mata has a pop for Chelsea from the edge of the area, letting fly with his left foot and forcing a good stop from David de Gea down to his left.

1710: Nice work from Nani down the right, with a nut-meg and a jink beating two men. But his final ball into the area finds Petr Cech, not a team-mate.

1708: Nicolas Anelka is seeing a lot of the ball out on the left flank and Chelsea are clearly up for the fightback. Some lovely slick passing from the visitors too, but this time Anelka's cross is hoofed clear.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson at Old Trafford, on Fernando Torres' goal: "He did it without thinking, that's the key. It's a great ball in, and he makes a lovely run. He just flicks it with the outside of the right foot, and it's a brilliant finish."

Full time
1705: Full time at St Mary's and Southampton trounce Birmingham 4-1 to go top of the Championship. The Saints are making big strides under manager Nigel Adkins and have made an impressive start to the season.

Chelsea goal: Game on? Possibly. Nice goal, anyway. Nicolas Anelka slips in Fernando Torres, who flicks his shot past David de Gea with the subtlest of finishes, just 30 seconds into the second half. Still a long way back from 3-1 down at Old Trafford, mind.

1703: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-1 Chelsea (Fernando Torres)

1701: Nicolas Anelka is on for Chelsea, replacing Frank Lampard. The second half has just started at Old Trafford.

Iam_jackia on Twitter: "United's first real test today, and passed with flying colours. More goals to come."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Man Utd fans desperately seeking Man City score - they know who their rivals for the title are... And a massive cheer at Old Trafford when the result from Craven Cottage is announced."

philbeck10 on Twitter: "Chelsea have been the better team, but as a United fan, I don't really care. Ramires could learn something from Rooney!!"

1655: So, what have we learned today? So far, at least, Manchester City are not invincible, but Manchester United are. What do you reckon? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson at Old Trafford: "United are a team with total and utter belief in themselves. Chelsea have wasted excellent and outstanding chances but Nani scored a goal out of nothing when his team wasn't playing very well."

1653: FULL-TIME Sunderland 4-0 Stoke

Southampton goal: Game over and the three points in the bag for Southampton against Birmingham. Richard Chaplow beats the offside trap and slots the ball past Boaz Myhill.

1652: FULL-TIME Fulham 2-2 Man City

1651: Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at Craven Cottage. Yaya Toure fires a couple of yards wide for City, but it remains 2-2 and a draw would probably be a fair result.

LiQuiDGFX on Twitter: "I personally think City are the more dangerous out of the Manchester duo! But United never fall apart! Unlike city!"

1649: A REMINDER. Please IGNORE our automated scores on the right of this page. They are WRONG. Fulham are drawing 2-2 with Manchester City. Manually refresh this page and the offending score and table will disappear.

1648: HALF-TIME Man Utd 3-0 Chelsea

Man Utd goal: Far, far too easy for United this. Chelsea back off and allow United to rampage down the right, with Phil Jones surging forward. Nani's back-heel in the box is blocked but John Terry smashes the ball straight back at him as they attempt to clear, with the ball running to Wayne Rooney to convert from point-blank range.

1645: A day to forget for Stoke and none more so that Peter Crouch. A cross reaches him with the goal at his mercy and he completely misses his kick.

1645: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-0 Chelsea (Wayne Rooney)

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson on Nani's goal at Old Trafford: "If you remember Sergio Aguero's goal for Man City on the first game of the season, that was very similar. It was in the back of the net before Petr Cech saw it. Stunning strike."

1643: GOALFLASH Southampton 4-1 Birmingham (Richard Chaplow)

1643: It should be five for Sunderland. Kieran Richardson crosses from the left but Nicklas Bendtner is unable to provide a decisive touch.

1641: Ashley Cole lets fly from the edge of the box but his shot does not trouble David de Gea. At Craven Cottage, City have brought on Adam Johnson and Carlos Tevez for Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero. Earlier, when his side were still in front, Roberto Mancini took off David Silva for Pablo Zabaleta.

1640: Sunderland are still in complete control at the Stadium of Light. Given the home side's dominace, it is hard to imagine this will be their first win of the season.

Man Utd goal: A real cracker this, and what a way for Nani to mark his 100th league game for United. Chelsea's defence stands and watches as he cuts inside from the right and hammers an unstoppable shot home from 25 yards out. United have breathing space, with five minutes to go until the break.

1637: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea (Nani)

1636: Please IGNORE our automated scores on the right of this page. They are WRONG. Fulham are drawing 2-2 with Manchester City. Manually refresh this page and the offending score will disappear.

Fulham goal: Danny Murphy's shot from about 25 yards out takes a big deflection off Vincent Kompany and flies past Joe Hart. The Cottagers complete their comeback. Still plenty of time for a winner too.

1633: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-2 Man City (Danny Murphy)

n777ck on Twitter: "End to end stuff at old Trafford. Chelsea dangerous on the attack but so are united. Great Sunday entertainment."

1632: Chances at both ends at Craven Cottage. John Arne Riise slices wide for the home side, before Micah Richard heads wide from Samir Nasri's corner.

1630: Fernando Torres goes for the spectacular, swivelling to meet Daniel Sturridge's cross from the right, but his overhead kick is a long way wide, bringing jeers from the United fans. Still, Chelsea are are right in this game.

1629: Stoke's only tactic today was the Rory Delap long-throw, but Wes Brown and Titus Bramble dealt with every one of them. Delap has now been taken off, and Potters striker Peter Crouch is feeding on scraps up front. Sunderland still lead 4-0 and are extremely comfortable.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Manchester United can equal a club record by winning their 18th straight home league match. They also achieved the feat in the 1904/1905 season when they were playing in the second division."

jayteeojo on Twitter: "I hope Arsene Wenger saw the Tottenham v Liverpool game, good example of why you shouldn't sell your top player."

1626: Unbelievable. How are Chelsea not level? Juan Mata release Fernando Torres, who squares the ball for Ramires, sliding in unmarked eight yards out and with only the keeper to beat. He has the whole goal to aim at but shoots straight at David de Gea, and United survive. Still 1-0 to the home side, as we near the half-hour mark.

1624: More Fulham pressure. Clint Dempsey meets a corner from the right but Joe Hart tips his header over the bar. Manchester City lead 2-1, with about 25 minutes left.

1622: United continue to look dangerous. Nani's chipped pass finds Javier Hernandez charging into the area, but he cannot quite control it.

1620: A big shout for a penalty at Old Trafford, when Frank Lampard heads the ball down on to his own arm inside his own area. Referee Phil Dowd disagrees, which is the important thing.

1619: Fulham are pressing Man City hard all of a sudden. Moussa Dembele sends Clint Dempsey running through, but Micah Richards nips in to make a superbly timed tackle. Dembele has just forced a decent save from Joe Hart too, with a pot-shot from 25 yards out.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson at Old Trafford: "The Fernando Torres of 18 months ago would have scored that goal. He got half a yard, but he's so low on confidence he dragged the ball well wide of the post."

Birmingham goal: "This makes things interesting. Early in the second half and Birmingham pull a goal back through on-loan West Brom striker Chris Wood, who fires in a free-kick from the edge of the area."

Sunderland goal: "It gets worse and worse for Stoke. Seb Larsson has just wrapped his foot around the ball from a free-kick and his curling shot is too good for Asmir Begovic."

1615: GOALFLASH Sunderland 4-0 Stoke (Seb Larsson)

Fulham goal: Ah, maybe I spoke too soon about Manchester's dominance. Bobby Zamora puts Fulham back in it, picking up Clint Dempsey's pass and curling into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box. A lovely finish. Zamora for England? Possibly!

1614: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-2 Man City (Bobby Zamora)

1612: Chelsea's best chance, thanks to a gift from Anderson, but it is wasted somewhat by Fernando Torres, who opts to cut back across two United defenders after intercepting Anderson's pass... before sending a low shot dribbling wide of David de Gea's right-hand post.

1611: GOALFLASH Southampton 3-1 Birmingham (Chris Wood)

1610: Regarding that stat below, surely it must be the first time that Sergio Aguero has ever been compared to Mick Quinn?

OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - Sergio Aguero has become only the 2nd player to score eight times in his first five Premier League games (after Mick Quinn). Arriviste."

1609: No stopping Manchester in the Premier League this season, is there?

Man Utd goal: Offside? Possibly. But where was the Chelsea defence? Chris Smalling ghosts in at the far post to get on the end of Ashley Young's curling free-kick. United lead, inside the first 10 minutes.

1607: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Chelsea (Chris Smalling)

Man City goal: It takes City precisely 12 seconds to double their lead. Gael Clichy's ball is flicked on by Edin Dzeko for Sergio Aguero to find the bottom corner of the net. Simple, but deadly. That is Aguero's eighth goal of the season. Not taking long to adjust to the Premier League, is he?

1605 GOALFLASH Fulham 0-2 Man City (Sergio Aguero)

1604: The second half has started at the Stadium of Light and Craven Cottage.

1603: A chance for Chelsea, well half a chance anyway. The ball is played out to Ashley Cole on the left and he thumps over a cross that Ramires gets on the end of at the back post and forces David de Gea into a save with his foot.

1602: They have now. But then a long punt upfield gifts United possession again.

1601: I don't think Chelsea have touched the ball yet...

1600: United get us under way.

1559: Right, time to find out what Andre Villas-Boas is made of, I guess...

ewatkins6579 on Twitter: "Getting ready for the Chelsea game. Haven't been this nervous/excited for a game in a while. Neither team really tested yet."

1556: Here come the players at Old Trafford.

From Phil, Liverpool fan, via text: "Here comes the negativity about liverpool. More to come in the press tomorrow no doubt. Let's just remember that this is the first game Liverpool have deserved to lose this season."

Gee_McK on Twitter: "Re 1543. Feel both confident and nervious, Utd don't want to give anything away at the back."

Half time
HALF-TIME Sunderland 3-0 Stoke
John Sinnott's HT snapshot:
"The trip to the Stadium of Light is proving a lot more difficult to negotiate that the round trip to the Ukraine for Stoke. Travel sickness."

Half time
HALF-TIME Fulham 0-1 Man City
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Both sides lethargic, but City well in control. Sergio Aguero has now scored five more league goals than the whole Fulham team, which sort of tells you the story."

1547: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-1 Man City

1546: HALF-TIME Sunderland 3-0 Stoke

1546: The ball flashes around the Sunderland box but it won't quite drop for Peter Crouch or Cameron Jerome. Titus Bramble mops things up.

1544: Sunderland completely dominant against Stoke - and have three goals to show for it. Manchester City, similarly, are well on top against Fulham but are not pushing too hard for a second goal. Well, probably not hard enough for their manager Roberto Mancini anyhow.

1543: Kick-off fast approaching at Old Trafford. How are you feeling. Confident, or nervous? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

Southampton goal: The Saints are running riot at St Mary's today. Frazer Richardson's cross is converted by Adam Lallana and Nigel Adkins looks well on course to pick up the 100th victory of his managerial career.

From Loyal Liverpool fan, via text: "As much as it hurts to say Carragher seems to be well past it. Hes been at fault for most of the goals liverpool have conceded. Caught out of position too many times nd was responsible for playing Adebayor onside for the last goal."

IainFordyce17 on Twitter: "Feel very confident for United today. Chelsea play a very high line under Villas Boas, Hernandez could benefit from that a lot."

notmyipod on Twitter: "Easy win for spurs in the end. Adebayor's arsenal connection matters no more."

1539: Definite signs of Europa League hangovers for Stoke, Fulham and Birmingham. Tottenham, who rested their first team for Thursday's trip to Greece, did not seem so adversely affected, did they?

1538: It really isn't Stoke's day. Rory Delap has just attempted a long throw and he gets the trajectory all wrong and his delivery goes straight to a Sunderland defender.

1537: GOALFLASH Southampton 3-0 Birmingham (Adam Lallana)

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Old Trafford: "Manchester United
have Darren Fletcher, so effective against Chelsea in the past, back in midfield and Sir Alex Ferguson has made the expected decision to restore David de Gea in goal ahead of Anders Lindegaard. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has answered the big question by keeping faith with Fernando Torres in attack after he set up both goals in the 2-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. John Terry and Frank Lampard also return to the starting line-up after being left out of the team in midweek."

1535: Clint Dempsey has another pop for Fulham, this time from the edge of the box, bringing another save from Joe Hart. A comfortable stop.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari on Fernando Torres on BBC Radio 5 live: "I like my forwards to play with enthusiasm, with energy, with commitment. Those are things I haven't seen from Torres. We do build players up into something they're not. Has Torres got a great record? I don't think he has."

Man Utd v Chelsea line-ups
Man Utd:
De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Romeu, Mikel, Malouda, Lukaku, Anelka.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1531: Fulham have had a sniff of goal, when Joe Hart had to scramble to save Clint Dempsey's shot after the Manchester City keeper's free-kick from near the corner flag went straight to the Cottagers striker. But that seems a long time ago now. City still completely dominant.

Sunderland goal:If it is a day to forget to Liverpool the same could be said for Stoke. We're not even yet at the half hour mark and the've let in a third goal. A lovely Sunderland build up finds Craig Gardner on the edge of the box. As Ryan Shawcross tries to get in a tackle, Gardner's shot loops over Begovic. Tony Pulis looks non-plussed. This is not the Stoke we're used to seeing.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "3 - Liverpool's total of just three shots v Tottenham is their lowest in a single PL game in any of the past nine seasons. Lacklustre."

Southampton goal: Are Birmingham suffering due to their Europa League commitments? Just 20 minutes in and they are 2-0 down to Southampton already, this time it's Brazilian Guly do Prado who smashes home from close range.

Southampton fan snafu30 on Twitter: "Top of the league, Lambert continuing to score, fantastic time to be saints fan."

1528: GOALFLASH Sunderland 3-0 Stoke (Craig Gardner)

1528: Mark Schwarzer to the rescue again. David Silva cuts the ball back for Edin Dzeko to fire home a shot that is heading for the top corner until the Fulham keeper sticks out an arm to tip it over.

1527: Gael Clichy goes close to doubling Manchester City's lead but his shot following a short corner is tipped round the post by Mark Schwarzer.

1526: GOALFLASH Southampton 2-0 Birmingham (Guly do Prado)

1525: FULL-TIME Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool

Tottenham goal: An emphatic finish to an emphatic win for Tottenham. Stoppage time is almost up, when Emmanuel Adebayor runs through to smash the ball past Pepe Reina. He celebrates with a nod to his new trim hair-cut. Liverpool? Their misery continues.

1524: GOALFLASH Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool (Emmanuel Adebayor)

From JZ in Liverpool, via text: "A bad day at the office. But some so-called fans need to look up the words 'loyalty' and 'legend' in their dictionaries. If they can actually read that is. You'll never walk alone, King Kenny. Anfield was not rebuilt in a day!""

Man City goal: Gareth Barry and David Silva combine, to free Sergio Aguero to coolly slot home. That's something we are getting used to.

1518: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Man City (Sergio Aguero)

1517: Almost a reply for Stoke at the Stadium of Light. Some comedy defending from Seb Larsson sees the former Birmingham player concede a throw and a Rory Delap special causes panic in the Sunderland box. The home side eventually clear after several attempts before Larsson fouls Cameron. Marc Wilson's free-kick is heading for goal before Simon Mignolet pops up a hand to divert the ball over the bar.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson at Old Trafford on Radio 5 live: "I'd have Daniel Sturridge before Nicolas Anelka. He represents the future, and he's not afraid of the opposition. Fernando Torres, I don't know. I don't know what state his fitness or his knee is. We'll have to wait and see. I look at him now and I think he's lost half a yard."

Southampton goal: Southampton take the lead against Birmingham, and it's their talisman Rickie Lambert who fires in from the penalty spot after he himself was brought down in the box by Steven Caldwell.

1516: GOALFLASH Southampton 1-0 Birmingham (Rickie Lambert pen)

Phil Jones and Jonny Evans get the nod at centre-back for Manchester United and Rio Ferdinand is not even on the bench. Daniel Sturridge starts for Chelsea, alongside Fernando Torres. More details shortly.

Sunderland goal: If it is a perfect start for Sunderland it's turning out to be a nightmare start for Stoke and in particular Jonathan Woodgate. Sebastian Larsson's dangerous floated pass into the box is headed into his own by Woodgate as he tries to stop the ball reaching Nicklas Bendtner.

1511: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-0 Stoke (Jonathan Woodgate og)

1509: Gareth Bale has been a real menace for Spurs today, but he still can't finish. He meets Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross, but skews his first-time shot a mile wide.

1508: A quiet start in comparison at Craven Cottage. Edin Dzeko has had a sight of goal, after a neat build-up by Manchester City, but he was flagged offside as he bore down on the Fulham goal.

Sunderland goal: It's a perfect start for beleaguered Sunderland. A Seb Larsson corner reaches Titus Bramble and his shot is fumbled by Asmir Begovic to squirm over the line.

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Emmanuel Adebayor becomes the first Spurs player since Jermain Defoe in February 2004 to score at least once in his first two league matches for Tottenham."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Old Trafford:
"Andre Villas-Boas faces Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for the first time in managerial combat - charged with the task of ending the champions' 100% record in the Premier League this season. Chelsea will provide the most serious test United have faced so far, while Chelsea's performance may deliver an early measure of progress under their new young Portuguese manager."

1505: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-0 Stoke (Titus Bramble)

From anon, via text: "There have been some dark days in the last two seasons for Liverpool fans, but this is one of the worst performances I have seen in that period. Let's hope the Liverpool fans blind faith to Dalglish doesn't sweep it under the carpet."

1503: The Spurs fans are 'ole-ing' every pass now, and there are quite a few of them because Liverpool are chasing shadows. This is a far cry from Tottenham's last home game, a 5-1 defeat by Manchester City.

dustytinashe on Twitter: "Has 'Arry found the proper strikers in Ade and Defoe? Sorry, sorry Liverpool."

Dazza_Flatt on Twitter: "Home wins for Fulham & Sunderland today would leave Arsenal in the relegation zone. Bad times for afc fans like myself."

1501: We are under way at Craven Cottage and the Stadium of Light. And Craig Bellamy and Jay Spearing are on for Liverpool, with Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez coming off.

Tottenham goal: The floodgates have opened, and even Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is having a nightmarish afternoon. He spills Jermain Defoe's shot from the edge of the box, and Emmanuel Adebayor is first to the rebound, taking the ball past the keeper and stroking the ball home.

1459: GOALFLASH Tottenham 3-0 Liverpool (Emmanuel Adebayor)

Tottenham goal: It really is game over now. Rafael van der Vaart feeds Jermain Defoe in acres of space, and he turns past Jose Enrique before lashing the ball into the net.

1456: GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-0 Liverpool (Jermain Defoe)

Red card
Liverpool red card: Liverpool are down to NINE men. Martin Skrtel clatters into the back of Gareth Bale, again, and, despite Jamie Carragher bizarrely telling his team-mate to stay on the pitch, he's off. A stupid, needless, brainless challenge, with 25 minutes to go.

1453: RED CARD Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

1452: Luis Suarez takes it too... and blasts disappointingly over. What a waste of Liverpool's best chance of the match.

1451: We have just seen both sides of Luis Suarez, who shows lovely skill to bring down a high ball over the top... but then goes down like a bag of South American spuds when Younes Kaboul makes the slightest of touches on his back. Free-kick to Liverpool, right on the edge of the area...

1449: Tottenham are still creating chances but they are still not taking them. Jermain Defoe muscles Martin Skrtel off the ball (yes, you did read that right) and slides Emmanuel Adebayor clear on the overlap. Adebayor has time to pick his spot but shoots straight at Pepe Reina with what was a tame finish. Still only one goal in this, when Tottenham should be out of sight.

From Stuart, via text: "I think it is time for a Carroll-Bellamy swap - at least with Bellamy he can get the ball and run at people."

1445: A tidy passing move from Spurs ends when Gareth Bale fires a daisy-cutter wide from 30 yards out. The 10 men of Liverpool are still on the back foot.

maytokun on Twitter: "Two Charlies off the field today...are we to expect more?"

1443: I'm sure you lot don't need reminding, but Man Utd v Chelsea kicks off at 1600 BST. We are still waiting on team news from Old Trafford.

John Sinnott reports:
"So what does Steve Bruce do as he tries to inspire his Sunderland team to that elusive first win? He drops combative captain Lee Cattermole. It also means John O'Shea - returning from injury - comes in, as does Ahmed Elmohamady and David Vaughan to replace Jack Colback and the suspended Phil Bardsley. Stoke almost have a completely different team out than the one that faced Dynamo Kiev as Asmir Begovic, Marc Wilson, Jonathan Woodgate, Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap, Matthew Etherington, Jon Walters and Peter Crouch are included. That's eight changes if you are counting."

1441: Liverpool want a penalty when Benoit Assou-Ekotto tangles with Andy Carroll as they chase a clipped Luis Suarez pass into the box. Referee Mike Jones is having none of it.

Southampton v Birmingham line-ups
Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Do Prado, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Connolly, Lambert. Subs: Bialkowski, Schneiderlin, Martin, Chaplow, De Ridder.
Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Ridgewell, Burke, Gomis, Spector, Beausejour, Wood, King. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Elliott, Rooney, Redmond.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Alistair Magowan reports: "Fulham
make four changes to the side which drew with FC Twente on Thursday with John Arne Riise, Stephen Kelly, Damien Duff and Bobby Zamora all recalled to the side. Just two changes for Manchester City, who switch their full-backs. Micah Richards and Gael Clichy replace Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolorov."

1436: Almost a dream start to the second half for Spurs. Jermain Defoe fires wide after a neat build-up involving Kyle Walker and Emmanuel Adebayor. Defoe was flagged offside in anycase, but replays showed the linesman got that one wrong.

1435: A change for Tottenham, with a fit again Rafael van der Vaart replacing Niko Kranjcar at the break. We are back under way at the Lane.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Bright at White Hart Lane: "It's been all Spurs. Some of the passing and movement has been superb, with real purpose. Liverpool look a shambles. No cohesion, no understanding. They just look so off the pace, chasing shadows, unable to get a foothold in the game. The Liverpool back four look all over the place. Skrtel is having a shocker."

Sunderland v Stoke line-ups
Mignolet, O'Shea, Bramble, Brown, Richardson, Elmohamady, Gardner, Vaughan, Larsson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Cattermole, Wickham, Colback, Ji, McClean.
Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Jerome, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Pennant, Upson, Wilkinson, Palacios.
Referee: Kevin Friend (England)

Shamoon Hafez reports: "There's only one team who can win this if you look at the statistics. Southampton, who could go top of the Championship with a victory, have won their last 12 games at St Mary's while Birmingham haven't recorded an away win for seven months. Saints manager Nigel Adkins is looking for back-to-back promotion and a three points today will give him his 100th win of his managerial career."

Fulham v Man City line-ups
Schwarzer, Kelly, Baird, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Zamora, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Orlando Sa, Kasami, Ruiz, Senderos, Gecov, Grygera.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Toure Yaya, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Toure, Tevez, Balotelli.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

1428: All six of Manchester City's Champions League group games are actually followed by away trips in the Premier League. Not easy, that. Especially when Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are among the domestic opponents they will face.

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Manchester City get their first taste of how to balance domestic and European football in the same week, but in this instance they may be thankful that they have to negotiate an away trip to bottom of the table Fulham. The Cottagers have managed two league goals to City's 15 this season, with boss Martin Jol vowing to go on the attack. Expect goals, then, but not necessarily at the City end. "

John Sinnott reports:
"Sunderland are still looking for their first win of the season so what better opportunity than a home game against a Stoke City side that had to play a Europa League game in the Ukraine on Thursday. Easier said than done - a Stoke win will push them into the top four. What better incentive than a place among the Premier League's Champions League spots."

YashV1234 on Twitter: "Liverpool just don't seem up for this. It is too easy for Tottenham at the moment. They need to change something at half time."

1425: Ok, the good news for Liverpool fans is that it is only half-time, or is that actually the bad news?

Half time
HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool
Kerry Wilkinson's HT snapshot: "Luka Modric's wonderful goal was the start of a disastrous half for Liverpool, with Gareth Bale frequently exposing Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger off injured, and Charlie Adam red-carded."

From Ade, via text: "One very undeserved loss against Stoke you accept, another today, coupled with the performance, makes you start to wonder - after the money spent - when Liverpool are finally going to start moving forward."

mickyjaybee on Twitter: "Looks like Liverpool have regressed back to their pre-King Kenny state today."

1423: FULL-TIME Rangers 4-2 Celtic

1422: HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool

Rangers goal: Just to make absolutely certain of the points, Rangers nab a fourth in stoppage time. Steven Naismith gets on the end of a cross from the left and calmly side-foots home. Game over.

1421: GOALFLASH Rangers 4-2 Celtic (Steven Naismith)

Yellow card
1420: Liverpool seem determined to pile on the misery for their fans at White Hart Lane. Luis Suarez ends the first half by going into referee Mike Jones' book for sarcastically applauding the linesman.

1419: Not sure what Sebastian Coates was trying there. His 70-yard punt upfield goes straight out for a goal-kick. And there was me thinking he was a cultured South American defender?

1417: Another great opening for Spurs, with Kyle Walker set free down the right by some more Luka Modric magic. Jose Enrique falls over, leaving with Walker time to pick his pass as he runs into the box but, with team-mates queuing up, he fires his cross straight against a Liverpool defender. Chance gone.

1417: Into stoppage time at the end of the first half at White Hart Lane. There will be four minutes of added time.

1415: No sign of a Celtic fightback at Ibrox, in fact Rangers are looking more likely to wrap the points up. Steven Naismith has just been denied by Fraser Forster, and there are only two minutes of the 90 remaining.

1413: Very strange to see Spurs fans applauding Emmanuel Adebayor by the way. He has just jogged back on after having treatment for that Sebastian Coates foul. Anyway, the ball is hoisted back into the Liverpool area and Younes Kaboul flashes a header wide. Liverpool continue to live dangerously.

1411: Luka Modric or Niko Kranjcar will take this one... it's Modric, who sees his shot hit the Liverpool wall. From the resulting corner, Jermain Defoe flashes a shot across the face of goal, causing panic in the Reds defence. They clear, but only just.

Yellow card
1410: About five minutes to go until half-time at White Hart Lane. It's been a forgettable first 40 minutes for Liverpool, and their problems continue. Sebastian Coates' first notable contribution to English football is to haul down Emmanuel Adebayor on the edge of the area. That's a booking and another free-kick to Spurs in a dangerous position.

logos8 on Twitter: "Spurs fan here... really sorry for Liverpool's Charlie Adam, quite unfortunate but that looked like a second yellow, could have broken a leg."

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Charlie Adam becomes the first Liverpool player to be sent off in the Premier League since the return of Kenny Dalglish in January."

Yellow card
1407: Martin Skrtel is booked for bringing down Gareth Bale. That's the last thing the makeshift Liverpool right-back needs, with the Tottenham winger already causing him no end of trouble down that flank.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Bright on Charlie Adam's red card at White Hart Lane: "To be fair to Adam I think he was watching the ball, but it was too late for him to pull out. Two yellows, it's a red."

1405: Gareth Bale smashes a free-kick over from 25 yards out. For all their dominance, Tottenham still lead by only one goal.

Red card
Celtic red card: Not much debate about this one. Charlie Mulgrew, who has been treading a fine line for a while now, slides in late on Steven Davis. That's a second yellow card and Celtic must chase the game with 10 men.

1403: RED CARD Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew

From Tom in Newcastle, via text: "Kenny Dalglish has got it wrong for me, leaving out Dirk 'the workhorse' Kuyt. Exactly what Liverpool need out there now."

Liverpool fan Al_Khulaq on Twitter: "Tottenham fans singing to us are you Arsenal disguise - cheeky."

1400: Just before Charlie Adam saw red, Sebastian Coates came on to make his Liverpool debut, replacing the injured Daniel Agger who could not continue. This might be a difficult introduction to life in the Premier League for the Uruguyan defender.

Red card
Liverpool red card: It's not been a great opening half-hour for Liverpool. And it has just got worse. Charlie Adam, booked earlier remember, catches Scott Parker with a follow-through as they chase a dropping ball. I don't think he meant it, but Adam sent Parker flying and that is a yellow card all day long. Liverpool are 1-0 down and down to 10 men.

1358: RED CARD Liverpool's Charlie Adam

Rangers goal: This time, Kyle Lafferty DOES take his chance. After a goalmouth scramble, he has his shot blocked but then fires home from the rebound. Rangers lead, in what has been a topsy-turvy old match. Twenty minutes of that one to go.

1356: GOALFLASH Rangers 3-2 Celtic (Kyle Lafferty)

Someone has struck the woodwork
Yellow card
1354: At White Hart Lane, Emmanuel Adebayor joins Charlie Adam in referee Mike Jones' book after clattering Andy Carroll. At Ibrox, Celtic go within a whisker of taking the lead when Glenn Loovens heads against the post.

mathewevans39 on Twitter: "Concerned for Skrtel against Bale. Having a torrid time so far, don't know if he can cope for the full 90."

1352: Tottenham are still finding it far too easy to cut through this Liverpool defence. This time Niko Kranjcar tees up Emmanuel Adebayor, who shoots over from about 20 yards out.

1351: Another chance for Rangers. Kyle Lafferty nips in to intercept a weak back-header from Badr El Kaddouri to Fraser Forster, but his shot is off target. He should have done a lot better there.

scousemac80 on Twitter: "What a player Modric is, well done Daniel Levy for keeping to you guns"

1349: Liverpool think they are level from their first real attack when Andy Carroll's flick finds its way to Luis Suarez, who toe-pokes his shot past Brad Friedel from the edge of the area... but their celebrations are cut short by the linesman's flag. Replays show Suarez was a couple of yards offside, so good decision.

Rangers goal: Nobody is ruling this one out. Steven Davis sends over the corner, Nikica Jelavic leaps highest to meet it and powers home a downward header. All-square again.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Bright at White Hart Lane, on Luka Modric's goal: "It's the goal of the weekend for me. With the laces, top right corner. Excellent start from Spurs."

Yellow card
1346: Just before that chance, Charlie Adam became the first player to be booked at White Hart Lane after catching Gareth Bale. Bale is causing Liverpool a LOT of problems, as many of you predicted. Just over 15 minutes gone and Spurs lead 1-0.

1345: Tottenham are still rampant and Liverpool are at sixes and sevens here. Luka Modric has a low shot saved by Pepe Reina, and the Reds are grateful that Emmanuel Adebayor cannot find Jermain Defoe when he chips the ball back into the danger zone.

1343: GOALFLASH Rangers 2-2 Celtic (Nikica Jelavic)

1341: Controversy at Ibrox. Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside after running clear to slot home, but replays show he was at least half a yard on. Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew, booked in the first half, is testing referee Craig Thomson's patience too. Mulgrew is making a few rash challenges and he has to be careful.

1340: Lots of cause for concern for Liverpool, not just because they are behind and Tottenham are out-playing them. Daniel Agger is down and looks in real pain. Not sure he is going to be able continue.

Tottenham goal: Spurs lead and it is through a real beauty. Liverpool think they have averted the danger when Jermain Defoe is dispossessed on the edge of the area but the ball drops for Luka Modric to slam a pin-point first-time shot past Pepe Reina and into the top corner. What a strike.

1338: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool (Luka Modric)

1336: More Tottenham pressure, and this is a high-tempo start from the hosts. Gareth Bale rampages down the left and his cross finds Jermain Defoe in the middle. It takes a great block by Daniel Agger to stop him from turning that home. Worryingly for Liverpool, Martin Skrtel was left trailing in Bale's wake.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1334: We are back under way at Ibrox and Rangers go close straight from the restart. Steven Davis strikes a sweet volley from the edge of the area but sees the ball rattle the bar with Fraser Forster beaten.

1333: Tottenham have the first sight of goal, within three minutes... and they should probably be ahead. Niko Kranjcar slips Emmanuel Adebayor clear but he fires wide after surging into the area. CPS:EVENT>
1330: Liverpool get us under way.

1330: Before we start at the Lane, here's a little bit of Joey Barton for you. He's never far from the headlines, is he? Anyway, Barton has strongly criticised Wolverhampton midfielder Karl Henry after his QPR side beat Wanderers on Saturday. "He's been chirping up all week saying he's going to do x, y and z to me and then he let himself down by not showing up on Saturday," Barton said on Sky Sports. "I really don't like him. I'm going to go on record and say that. Judging from his tackles on me, he doesn't like me either. Every time I play against him, he's non-existent." Ouch.

It's sunny
1326: The players emerge from the tunnel at White Hart Lane. Looks like a nice day in north London.

karl_baker on Twitter: "Finally Liverpool start with a 4-4-2, with the strikers we have 4-5-1 is too predictable for opposition defenders"

MonkJammas on Twitter: "Got to think Gary Hooper deserves a chance in the England team, but does playing in the SPL scupper chances of that ever happening?"

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on his line-up at White Hart Lane: "We won't ever be successful by picking the same 11 every week. We'll pick people from the squad that are capable of playing and Andy Carroll falls into that category." On the battle for a top four place: "Tottenham won't drop too far from last year. If we can get close to them and go past them, we'll have done well."

Half time
HALF-TIME Rangers 1-2 Celtic
Andy Campbell's HT snapshot: "Two sumptuous goals and another which falls into the goalkeeper's howler category. And those were the only real efforts at goal in the first half!"

1319: In answer to kennschdewayne on Twitter below, Liverpool right-back Martin Kelly is back in training after a hamstring injury but, like Steven Gerrard, is not match-fit. He could feature against Brighton in the Carling Cup on Wednesday though.

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Liverpool have lost their last three Premier League visits to White Hart Lane - each by a 2-1 scoreline."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Pat Nevin at Ibrox: "El Kaddouri's got to be 25 yards out. He's hit it, not with a huge amount of power, but it's along the ground. The goalkeeper's got everything behind it but it's squirmed through. It was an extraordinary mistake from Allan McGregor. It's under-11s stuff. He got himself into exactly the right position. Maybe it was so easy, he's taken his eye off it. Celtic fans are now chanting McGregor's name."

1317: HALF-TIME Rangers 1-2 Celtic

Celtic goal: An absolute disaster for Rangers keeper Allan McGregor. Badr El Kaddouri tries his luck from the edge of the area but can only manage a daisy-cutter which should be easily dealt with by McGregor, who is right behind it... but lets the ball slip through his fingers and through his legs. It creeps over the line. The horrified reaction of the Rangers fans behind his goal tells its own story - that was a howler of Massimo Taibi proportions.

1313: GOALFLASH Rangers 1-2 Celtic (Badr El Kaddouri)

kennschdewayne on Twitter: "Re Tottenham v Liverpool. I predict Bale vs Skrtel will get messy very quickly! Is Martin Kelly unfit/unwell or simply out of favour?"

1309: About 12 years ago, I worked on the sportsdesk of a local paper that covered Loughton in Essex, as well as Leyton Orient, Tottenham and West Ham. Our junior football page was dominated every week by a kid who scored about 12 goals a game. His name? Gary Hooper. I've always rated him.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Pat Nevin at Ibrox: "There was a sense of awe around the stadium when Hooper found himself with two yards of space. We all thought, 'That can't happen.' Rangers thought he was offside. Hooper is a natural finisher. He placed it, sidefooted, into the far corner. But terrible defending by Rangers."

Celtic goal: What a finish this is, by Gary Hooper. Scott Brown slips him clear with a perfect reverse pass and former Scunthorpe man Hooper clips his shot past Allan McGregor and into the bottom corner. Exquisite. Super Hooper indeed.

1305: GOALFLASH Rangers 1-1 Celtic (Gary Hooper)

1302: Here's Infostrada Sports with some stats for today. If he scores today, Wayne Rooney will become the second player to score in each of the first five matches of the season after Jose Antonio Reyes for Arsenal in 2004/2005 and the first United player to achieve this in the league in 65 years since Jack Rowley in 1946/1947.

Z_B1 on Twitter: "As a Liverpool fan, full of confidence today, a day to prove our worthiness for the top four this season!"

Iman_7861 on Twitter: "Am I the only concerned Man Utd fan? Have a feeling Chelsea will end our long unbeaten home run."

1300: Celtic are trying to respond but the best they have managed so far is a whipped free-kick by Charlie Mulgrew that Allan McGregor has to punch behind for a corner.

1257: Further to the news at 1200 that Peter Reid and Plymouth have parted company, I can now report that Reid was sacked. A real kick in the teeth that, considering he recently auctioned off his 1986 FA Cup final losers' medal to help some of Argyle's unpaid staff.

Rangers goal: No stopping this one, a real rocket by Steven Naismith. Kelvin Wilson should have put his foot through another Kyle Lafferty cross but his clearance only finds Naismith on the edge of the area... and he powers a fierce drive past Fraser Forster and into the top corner of the net.

1253: GOALFLASH Rangers 1-0 Celtic (Steven Naismith)

1252: Rangers are spraying the passes around all of a sudden, and a decent move ends when Kyle Lafferty gets to the right by-line and cuts the ball back into the area. Celtic clear their lines, but only temporarily...

ScottStephens23 on Twitter: "Anyone giving Spurs a chance today? The squad is stronger now than last season and everyone is writing them off!"

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Pat Nevin at Ibrox: "Both teams have gone 4-4-2 against each other, so nothing complicated there. It makes you think that the two centre forwards on either side are going to be key today. Rangers' Nikica Jelavic is one of the best players in Scotland, if not the best."

Kerry Wilkinson reports: "Andy Carroll starts for Liverpool, replacing Dirk Kuyt but otherwise Kenny Dalglish sticks with the same team that lost 1-0 at Stoke. Jamie Carragher keeps his starting place, with Sebastian Coates on the bench, along with Craig Bellamy. Rafael van der Vaart has recovered from a hamstring injury but can only make the bench as Tottenham keep the same team that beat Wolves 2-0 last weekend. Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe start up front."

Yellow card
1247: The first yellow card of today's Old Firm clash comes after 16 minutes when Charlie Mulgrew cleans out Steven Naismith near the halfway line. Referee Craig Thomson had let a few wild tackles go before then, but enough is enough.

Tottenham v Liverpool line-ups
Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Van der Vaart, Giovani, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore.
Liverpool: Reina, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Bellamy, Robinson.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

GraymeadYNWA on Twitter: "Big day for Carroll. Our game with Spurs last year was when people started to doubt him. He can make a statement today."

1245: Georgios Samaras has another pop, this time after a bit of pinball in the Rangers area. Again, he hits it first-time but it is rushed and flies even further wide.

1243: BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Andy Carroll does start up front, replacing Dirk Kuyt in the Reds' only change from last weekend's defeat by Stoke. Spurs are unchanged. Full details in a tick.

1241: Celtic's first effort is a snapshot from Georgios Samaras from the edge of the area, who latches on to a knockdown from Gary Hooper but bends the ball well off target.

Dark_Eagle52 on Twitter: "Can see both Manchester teams continuing their steamroller approach to the season. One sad Gooner today."

1237: All Rangers so far. No clear-cut chances but Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has had to deal with a weak backpass, getting there just before Kyle Lafferty can nip in.

1235: Lots of rumours that Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez start up front for Liverpool today. I'll confirm that as soon as I can.

BBC Radio 5 live
1233: Kick-off was delayed because Celtic fans chucked dozens of beachballs on the Ibrox pitch. Pat Nevin on Radio 5 live explains: "The beachballs are because Celtic are in Europe… and Rangers are not!"

1231: Here we go. Celtic get us started.

1229: The players are out on the pitch at Ibrox. Kick-off there is just moments away.

pezmitchell on Twitter: "Big game for Liverpool today. Shame Gerrard isn't quite ready however Liverpool will scrape it..2-1 Suarez double.."

Kerry Wilkinson reports: "Liverpool striker Andy Carroll isn't certain to start today but Harry Redknapp is wary of his threat. He said: "As a player, he is a real handful. When you go up against him you know you have had a game." Meanwhile, Reds midfielder Charlie Adam is ready to make an impact against the club that nearly signed him in January. He said: "I'm happy with my form so far but obviously you want to do better."

the_binge on Twitter: "The Cottage is a very hard place to take 3 points from but if any team is going to do it, it's City. Here's a nervous FFC fan."

Kerry Wilkinson reports: "This is is a match-up that has own-goal written all over it. Martin Skrtel netted at both ends the last time Tottenham hosted Liverpool, before Aaron Lennon slotted home an injury-time winner. And Jamie Carragher has scored three times into his own net while playing Spurs - the same number of league goals he has in his entire Anfield career. Harry Redknapp sent his kids to Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday so his first team could prepare - but they could slip into the bottom three if results elsewhere go against them."

mainstweet101 on Twitter: "Hopefully there won't be any wrong referee decisions going Liverpool's way today."

mkasztelewicz on Twitter: "Going to Old Trafford today, rather optimistic - 2-1 United."

Rangers v Celtic line-ups
McGregor, Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Naismith, Davis, Edu, Wylde, Lafferty, Jelavic. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, McCulloch, Fleck, Healy, Juanma Ortiz, Perry.
Celtic: Forster, Mark Wilson, Loovens, Kelvin Wilson, El Kaddouri, Brown, Kayal, Ki, Mulgrew, Hooper, Samaras. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Stokes, Bangura, Ledley, Forrest, Wanyama.
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Pat Nevin at Ibrox: "It's not a must-win game today for Rangers and Celtic. It's a mustn't lose. You need every one of the 11 out there giving everything."

1209: Roy Keane was on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek earlier, talking about United-Chelsea, amongst other things. His prediction: "I always look at United and, even if they are not at their best, they seem to get results. I certainly can't see them getting beaten today, but it will be their first big test."

Bakar_SG8 on Twitter: "As a Liverpool fan I'm not worried about Bale & Lennon threat. Decent LB and RB in Enrique and Kelly."

rkidd1 on Twitter: "I was supposed to be out camping this weekend, but it was cancelled due to weather. Good job too, great line up of games today."

Abdirahman_Ali on Twitter: "Any chance all the games are going to end 0-0?"

I'm going to really stick my neck out and say we are guaranteed goals today. Or a goal at the very least.

Andy Campbell reports: "In Glasgow it's a dry and relatively bright day (for now) for the first Old Firm derby of the season. Rangers, the current Scottish Premier League leaders, are the hosts but Celtic will overtake their great rivals if they are able to win at Ibrox this lunchtime. For Rangers, Sasa Papac and Nikica Jelavic replace Kirk Broadfoot and Juanma Ortiz. Celtic also make two changes with Badr El Kaddouri and captain Scott Brown in for James Forest and Joe Ledley."

Manager Peter Reid has parted company with Plymouth following Saturday's defeat by Southend, their eighth successive away defeat. Argyle are rock bottom of League Two with severe financial problems. Good luck to whoever replaces Reid as Pilgrims boss because they are going to need it.

1157: In short, lots to look forward to. The only thing missing at the party is you. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK). I'm waiting...

1155: Today is not just about United-Chelsea, though. Far from it. We have got six cracking games to look forward to, starting with an Old Firm clash in about half an hour or so. And our first Premier League match is Tottenham-Liverpool, which I'd say is unlikely to be dull:
Rangers v Celtic (SPL, 1230 BST)
Tottenham v Liverpool (Premier League, 1330 BST)
Fulham v Man City (Premier League, 1500 BST)
Southampton v Birmingham (Championship, 1500 BST)
Sunderland v Stoke (Premier League, 1500 BST)
Man Utd v Chelsea (Premier League, 1600 BST)

1153: There's a good reason why today's Old Trafford showdown is being billed as the 'Generation Game'. Sir Alex Ferguson was a young manager in charge of SPL side St Mirren when Andre Villas-Boas was born in October 1977. The United boss, who turns 70 in December is a whole 36 years older than his opposite number today. Youthful zest versus know-how and experience makes for a compelling clash... I'm backing Villas-Boas to come out on top in terms of touchline aerobics, though. If there is one.

1147: Hmmmm. So, you think today will be different? Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas certainly hopes so. His eagerly-anticipated first meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson is being seen as an acid-test of the 33-year-old's tactics and his ambitions. The Portuguese prodigy claims today's game "won't mean anything"... but I think we can take that with a pinch of salt.

1144: Hello. I think I'm beginning to work out how the Premier League works this season... If previous weekends are anything to go by, then Manchester City will win 7-2 at Fulham to go top of the table this afternoon, shortly before Manchester United beat Chelsea 12-3 to leapfrog back above them. Sorted. Right?

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 5 17 15
2 Man City 5 12 13
3 Chelsea 5 2 10
4 Newcastle 5 2 9
5 Stoke 5 -2 8
6 Everton 4 2 7
7 Aston Villa 5 2 7
8 Liverpool 5 -1 7
9 QPR 5 -2 7
10 Wolves 5 -2 7
11 Tottenham 4 -1 6
12 Sunderland 5 2 5
13 Norwich 5 -2 5
14 Swansea 5 -2 5
15 Wigan 5 -3 5
16 Blackburn 5 -3 4
17 Arsenal 5 -8 4
18 Fulham 5 -3 3
19 Bolton 5 -5 3
20 West Brom 5 -5 3

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