For the 20th time in a Merseyside derby a player saw red. This time it was Everton’s Jack Rodwell who was controversially dismissed in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Goodison Park.
Manchester City scored four second–half goals to ease past struggling Blackburn as the Rovers fans made their views known at the final whistle increasing the pressure on boss Steve Kean.
The Canaries had their moments but failed to take them and United then scored two second-half strikes from Anderson and Danny Welbeck to remain top of the Premier League.
Sunderland looked on course for another home defeat as they conceded two goals in the opening five minutes against West Bromwich Albion but rallied to be level at the break and that’s how it finished 2-2.
James Morrison and Shane Long looked to have set Albion on their way to a first ever top flight away win in October but Nicklas Bendtner scored his first goal for the Black Cats and the hosts were level by the half-hour as Ahmed Elmohamady restored parity.
Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a comfortable 2-0 home success over Wigan.
Gabriel Agbonlahor opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then turned provider for Darren Bent just after the hour mark.
Newcastle are now third in the Premier League following their best ever start to a season in 17 years after a 2-1 win over Wolves at Molineux.
Demba Ba headed home in the 17th minute and Jonas Gutierrez added a solo second in the 38th minute to make it 2-0 by the break.
Wolves were denied a penalty after what appeared to be a foul on Jamie O'Hara and, after Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back late-on, Kevin Doyle had a goal disallowed by a linesman.