Manchester United''s unbeaten start ends at Wolves

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London, Feb 6 (AP) Manchester United''s unbeaten start tothe Premier League season finally ended with a surprise 2-1defeat at last-place Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Nani put the league leaders ahead in the third minute butGeorge Elokobi and Kevin Doyle scored before halftime for adefensively superb Wolves side yesterday.

But Arsenal was unable to take full advantage of United''sslip up, throwing away a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 atNewcastle in the highest scoring day in Premier Leaguehistory.

The second-place Gunners were 4-0 up at halftime but hadAbou Diaby sent off in the 50th minute for pushing over JoeyBarton''s in reaction to the Newcastle midfielder''s toughchallenge. Barton scored a penalty to spark the comebackbefore a goal by Leon Best, another penalty by Barton andCheik Tiote''s 87th-minute equaliser.

United is four points ahead of Arsenal after a day thatfeatured a record 41 goals from eight matches.

Carlos Tevez scored all Manchester City''s goals in a 3-0win over West Bromwich Albion, and Louis Saha hit four asEverton beat Blackpool 5-3.

Niko Kranjcar''s injury-time winner gave Tottenham a 2-1win over Bolton, Clint Dempsey hit his 10th goal of the seasonto earn Fulham''s 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, Stoke beatSunderland 3-2, and Wigan beat Blackburn 4-3 to climb out ofthe relegation zone.

United was unbeaten in 29 Premier League matches sinceApril, equaling a club record partly set in its treble-winning1998-99 season. That run looked like being beaten when Nanicut inside onto his left foot to score with a fierce shot pastgoalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

But Wolves withstood the little pressure that Unitedcreated and equalised just eight minutes later, the unmarkedGeorge Elokobi adding to the goal he scored against United inthe League Cup with a firm header past Edwin van der Sar.

The move that led to Doyle''s 40th-minute winner startedwhen Rooney lost the ball with his back to goal on the edge ofWolves'' area. Wolves carried the ball up the middle of thepitch and won a free kick just outside United''s box.

Nenad Milijas hit the free kick to the near post, whereDoyle deflected it in.

United''s passing was awry and its players increasinglyfrustrated in the second half as Wolves held on for a firstwin over the Red Devils since January 2004 - when the teamswere also first and last in the standings.

United could have paid heavily for the loss but Arsenalbecame the first team in the Premier League''s 19-year historyto surrender a 4-0 lead. (More) AP SHN

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