United in the lead

LONDON – A Kyle Walker own goal has given Manchester United a winning start to the Premier League season as they overcame Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the league’s opening match, while Leicester City romped to a 4-2 win.

The England right-back put through his own net in the 22nd minute yesterday, rushing back in an attempt to prevent Wayne Rooney taking aim from Ashley Young’s cross and succeeding only in scuffing the ball into his own net.

United handed competitive debuts to Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, while Bastian Schweinsteiger came on in the second half to become the club’s first German player.

“The first time you play at Old Trafford is always difficult, but I liked the performance, especially of Darmian,” United manager Louis van Gaal, who was celebrating his 64th birthday, told BT Sport.

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