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Spurs end 23 years of agony at Old Trafford

Bale doubled the advantage in the 32nd with his first goal of the season.

Tottenham,season after season had returned home empty from their fixture with Manchester United,but on Saturday,at the end of a pulsating contest,edged their bogey side 3-2 for their first win over United in 23 years. Spurs had not beaten United since 2001 but wasted little time in showing their intent with defender Jan Vertonghen giving them the early lead when he stuck a Gareth Bale pass into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 2nd minute.

Bale doubled the advantage in the 32nd with his first goal of the season. The Welsh midfielder took a pass from Mousa Dembele near the center circle and made a diagonal run through the United half to his right before shooting across goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard into the bottom left corner. Nani pulled one back from a Wayne Rooney cross early in the second half to start a flurry of three goals in three minutes.

Clint Dempsey restored Spurs’ two-goal lead a minute later in the 52nd when he tucked in the rebound from a Lindegaard save of a Bale strike,but Shinji Kagawa immediately cut the visitors’ lead to 3-2. Tottenham endured a torrid half-hour to end the match as goalkeeper Brad Friedel made a string of saves to preserve the win.

Earlier,Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 with goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata to maintain their unbeaten start to the season while handing Arsenal their first defeat. Gervinho scored for the Gunners. Liverpool also claimed the first win of their season,beating Norwich away 5-2. Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick while Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard also scored for the Reds.

Kean quits Rovers

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean,who is highly unpopular with the English Championship club’s fans,resigned,saying he had been “forced” to quit. “For reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice,it is with deep regret,given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years,that I have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers football club with immediate effect,due to my position as team manager becoming untenable,” Kean said in a statement. Blackburn,owned by Indian poultry giant Venky’s,were relegated from the Premier League last season and despite a bright start to the new campaign – they are in third place after seven games – the beleaguered Kean has been the subject of continued protests at Ewood Park.