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Aug 16, 2014

Prem: United stunned, Spurs strike late

ESPN FC's Craig Burley points out the deficiencies behind Manchester United's defeat to Swansea City.

Louis Van Gaal's first competitive match in charge of Manchester United was one to forget as Swansea grabbed all three points on the opening day of the Premier League season at Old Trafford.

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United fans had hoped Van Gaal's much-trumpeted arrival would wipe out the misery of David Moyes' ill-fated regime, but Gylfi Sigurdsson steered the Swans to a 2-1 win.

Sigurdsson -- making his second debut for the Welshmen -- squared for Ki Sung-yueng to open the scoring on 28 minutes, but Wayne Rooney pulled United level eight minutes after the break with an overhead kick.

But Garry Monk's men were undaunted and went on to claim a deserved three points when Sigurdsson swept the winner past David De Gea in the 72nd minute.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey netted a dramatic stoppage-time winner to finally break the resistance of managerless Crystal Palace and seal a 2-1 victory.

Ramsey, whose goal won the FA Cup at Wembley in May, smashed the ball home from close range as the Gunners came from behind to win their opener 2-1 at the Emirates.

Defeat was harsh on the Eagles, who had produced a determined display at the end of a difficult few days following the shock departure of manager Tony Pulis on the eve of the new season.

Indeed, a first-half header from Brede Hangeland, one of the few summer signings sanctioned by chairman Steve Parish, had put the hard-working Eagles ahead. Laurent Koscielny flicked home a free-kick from Alexis Sanchez to level before the break -- and Ramsey then won it at the death.

Mauricio Pochettino's first Premier League game in charge of Tottenham proved more memorable as defender Eric Dier grabbed an injury-time winner to seal a 1-0 victory in an incident-packed London derby at West Ham.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 29th minute when Kyle Naughton was sent off for handling a Kevin Nolan shot in the box, but Mark Noble fired the resulting penalty wide.

The Hammers were also reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when James Collins got a second yellow card, and things got worse for the hosts as Harry Kane sent Dier clear to snatch the winner in added time.

Alan Irvine looked set for a debut win in charge of West Brom before a late strike from Sebastian Larsson salvaged a point for Sunderland in a feisty 2-2 draw.

Lee Cattermole's thunderous early opener was cancelled out by a Saido Berahino penalty, and the Baggies striker put his side in front with a close-range volley in the 74th minute.

But Gus Poyet's men refused to accept defeat and grabbed a point when the impressive Patrick van Aanholt crossed from the left and set up Larsson to stroke home the equaliser.

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Substitute Chris Wood gave Leicester something to celebrate on their return to the top-flight as his 86th minute effort sealed a 2-2 draw with Everton.

Aiden McGeady curled the visitors in front on 20 minutes only for Leonardo Ulloa, the Foxes' recent capture from Brighton, to equalise almost immediately.

Steven Naismith slammed Everton back in front on the stroke of half-time, but Wood was on hand to hit the leveller past Tim Howard after impressive work from Riyad Mahrez.

Hull keeper Allan McGregor saved a late Charlie Austin penalty as the Tigers hung on for a 1-0 win at QPR.

James Chester put the visitors in front with a diving header in the 52nd minute, but his 83rd minute handball gave the home side their spot-kick chance -- only for Austin to see his weak kick well saved.

Andreas Weimann hinted at brighter times ahead for Aston Villa as his 50th minute drive sealed a 1-0 win over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Villa were on top for long periods of the game and could have increased their winning margin, with chances spurned by Charles N'Zogbia and Leandro Bacuna.

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