There was more trouble for defending English Premier League champion Manchester United.
Three days after settling for a 0-0 tie in its
opener against Reading at Old Trafford and losing Wayne Rooney
with a broken foot, United had to settle for a 1-1 tie at Portsmouth and possibly lost Cristiano Ronaldo
for up to three games after he was sent off for a head butt late in the game.
for video of the incident.)
Argentine Carlos Tevez
marked his Manchester United debut by
setting up Paul Scholes
for the first goal after 15 minutes, but Benjani Mwaruwari
scored on a header eight minutes
into the second half to the delight of the Pompey faithful.
Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari
was sent off in the 83rd minute for a second booking, and
Ronaldo followed him off the field two minutes later for a headbutt with barely any contact made.
"I've looked at the replays and there's nothing conclusive. My take was that he was
provoked," United manager Alex Ferguson
told Sky Sports. "He's fallen into the trap and he's paid the penalty ... it's his own fault really. It was a
disappointing result but not a disappointing performance. There was a great contribution from Carlos Tevez, even though he had to endure a lot of tackles from behind, a lot of abuse, and he came
Chelsea and Manchester City both won their second games to join Tuesday's winner, Everton, at the top of the EPL with six points.