LONDON - Manchester United's disappointing start to the Premier League season continued on Saturday as the champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to high-flying Southampton.
United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj celebrated his new five-year contract by creating the game's opening goal in the 26th minute with a superb through ball for Wayne Rooney.
The England striker's shot was blocked by Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc, but Robin van Persie was on hand to sweep the rebound home.
Both Rooney and Van Persie hit the woodwork thereafter, but the hosts were prevented from recording consecutive victories for the first time in the league this season when a header by Southampton defender Dejan Lovren flicked into the net off team-mate Adam Lallana from an 89th-minute corner.
"We had the opportunities to go 2-0 up. They had been knocking on the door, but I thought we would see it out," said United manager David Moyes.
"But if you don't defend a corner well enough, there's always a chance they will score."
The draw left United in eighth place, eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
Having seen Liverpool temporarily take first place earlier in the day, Arsenal returned to the summit with a 4-1 win at home to Norwich City.
Jack Wilshere scored his second goal in two games to give Arsenal an 18th-minute lead, volleying home from Olivier Giroud's flick following a dizzying exchange of passes involving Santi Cazorla.
Mesut Ozil scored his first league goal for the club with a header from a Giroud cross in the 58th minute and although Norwich midfielder Jonathan Howson replied for the visitors, Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make sure of victory before Ozil added a fourth.