Conceding goals to Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney is nothing to be ashamed of and Marcus Hahnemann can be pleased with his afternoon's work in limiting Manchester untied to just the two goals. A superb diving save to keep out an Owen Hargreaves free-kick was the pick of a clutch of fine saves from the American.
At the other end of the Madjeski pitch, Nemanja Vidic showed again his shall-not-pass mentality, which is such an effective part of his partnership with Rio Ferdinand in the heart of United's defence. One tackle in particular on Dave Kitson prevented the Reading striker scoring when the scores were level.
David Wheater earns his corn as a defender for Middlesbrough but he is proving a valuable asset at the other end of the pitch so far this season. He weighed in with his third goal in five games at Blackburn on Saturday to earn his side a point they thoroughly deserved. He converted Stewart Downing's free-kick past Brad Friedel, and saw a later effort cannon off the Rovers crossbar.
Icelandic right-back Guntar Steinsson made his debut for Bolton in the much-hyped return of the messiah match at St. James Park. The significance of the occasion may have been lost on the new signing but he went about the task in hand admirably, showing enough strength and solidity to suggest he will be a success in the Premier League. Just ask Damien Duff.
Aaron Lennon scored early on for Spurs and went on to menace the Sunderland team with his pacy wing play. He capatalised on some hesitancy within the Black Cats defence to knock the ball past Craig Gordon after 111 seconds and Sunderland struggled to cope with the England man's movement throughout.
Claude Makelele's advancing age has not dimmed his contribution to the Chelsea cause, with the big stopper showing he is still a class act against a feisty Birmingham City at St. Andrew's. He provided good cover for his defence with his tackling and positional awareness as Alex McLeish's men gave the Blues a real run for their money.
Thomas Rosicky scored Arsenal's last goal and had a hand in their first as the Gunners went about dismantling the challenge of Fulham in typically flamboyant style. The Czech released Clichy down the left to cross for Adebayor's opener and showed great hunger towards the end of the game to race in to the box for the third after nice work from Eduardo.
Hat-trick hero Benjani finally gave the Pompey crowd something to cheer about as Harry Redknapp's side ended an astonishing run of seven goalless games at Fratton Park in emphatic style. Whipping boys Derby were the luckless victims, but Benjani still had plenty to do to claim his goals, with his third - an eighteen yard effort after Mendes set him up - the pick of the bunch.
Mark Noble showed the sort of industry and spirit that was notably lacking in West Ham's midweek cup replay as the Hammers visited Eastlands once more seeking revenge. Noble almost supplied them with it when his well struck shot was saved in the second half by Joe Hart. Noble was involved throughout and has the makings of a future Hammers captain.
Arsene Wenger will be pleased to have one African available to him at the moment and Emmanuel Adebayor provided the fire power to give the Gunners victory at struggling Fulham. Two headers - one from a Gael Clichy cross from the left, t'other from an Alexander Hleb cross from the right - were dispatched neatly and his height gives the Gunners an option that was not available to them avec Monsieur Henry.
Wayne Rooney hit a wonder goal for Manchester United which showcased his instinctive appetite for goal. It provided further evidence too of the blossoming understanding he is developing with Carlos Tevez, with Rooney getting on the end of a superb pass from his striker partner before flicking it past Hahnemann without looking up.
Harry Redknapp proudly declared himself Pompey Til I Die on Saturday and, true or no, those words will be sweet music to the Portsmouth support. His side responded with a rousing home performance, one which had that oh so important ingredient that has been lacking of late. Goals. Redknapp will be hoping to push on from here and if their home form can begin to mirror their results away from home, then Europe is within reach.