Soccer / English Premier League / United beats QPR, exposing task facing Harry Redknapp
Manchester United provisionally reclaimed top spot in the Premier League by coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1.
LONDON - Manchester United provisionally reclaimed top spot in the Premier League by coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Saturday as the bottom-place team failed to be galvanized by Harry Redknapp's arrival as manager.
Jamie Mackie put QPR ahead at Old Trafford, where Redknapp was watching from the stands, hours after replacing the fired Mark Hughes. But the west London team failed to secure its first win of the season, with Jonny Evans equalizing before Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez scored to put United back on the winning path after losing at Norwich last weekend.
"We played for 10 or 15 minutes," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "That was the sum total of our real performance from Manchester United."
United is now two points ahead of Manchester City, but the defending champions are at Chelsea on Sunday.
West Bromwich Albion dislodged Chelsea from third by keeping up its flying start to the season with a 4-2 victory at Sunderland, but Arsenal is languishing in sixth place after a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
Sunderland tried to mount a late fightback when Stephane Sessegnon scored, but Marc-Antoine Fortune's neat finish in stoppage time put West Brom's win beyond doubt.
Everton is three points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea after being held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich. Steven Naismith's first-half opener for the Toffees was canceled out in the 90th when Sebastien Bassong headed past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Wigan moved five points clear of the drop zone as Jordi Gomez's hat trick secured a 3-2 victory over struggling Reading, which had led through Sean Morrison's first-half goal.
After Gomez's first goal, Reading drew level with a howler from Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. Gomez scored his third goal of the game in the second minute of stoppage time to break a 2-2 deadlock.
At the Britannia Stadium, Charlie Adam scored his second goal of the season for 11th-place Stoke in a 1-0 victory over Fulham.