Paul Scholes scored on his 700th Manchester United appearance and Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell netted on their Red Devils debuts in a 4-0 Premier League win over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.
Veteran midfielder Scholes converted from close range in the 51st minute before Mexico striker
Dutch defender Buttner, signed last month from Vitesse Arnhem, extended the lead with an impressive solo effort in the 66th minute, and Powell, a northern summer arrival from Crewe Alexandra, added a fourth in the 82nd minute having come off the bench.
The host had been controversially awarded an early penalty when
United's win takes it up to second in the table on nine points, one point behind leader Chelsea, whose 100 per cent start to the league campaign came to an end as it drew 0-0 at Queens Park Rangers.
There had been considerable focus on what happened before kick-off at Loftus Road, with Hoops defender
It was the first time that Ferdinand and Terry had met on a football field since the Chelsea and England centre-back's race trial in July, where Cole testified as a character witness for his Blues team-mate.
Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against Ferdinand after an incident in the corresponding fixture between the two clubs last October, but remains the subject of a
Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1 at the
It had three points effectively sewn up at the interval, as own goals from Jos Hooiveld and
Champion Manchester City is level on points with Arsenal in fourth after its 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the
City has struggled away against the Potters in recent years and fell behind in the 15th minute as
The visitor made it 1-1 in the 35th minute as midfielder
Elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov marked his first start and home debut for Fulham with two first-half goals, one from the penalty spot, to put it firmly in the driving seat in its home game against West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies were reduced to 10 men between Berbatov's goals when
Aston Villa secured its first league win of the season, defeating Swansea City 2-0 at home.
Northern summer signing
In the lunchtime kick-off, Norwich City and West Ham United played out a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.
The day's late kick-off saw Liverpool move out of the relegation zone as a Luis Suarez strike secured it a point at Sunderland.
Suarez netted with just under 20 minutes to go to make it 1-1 after Steven Fletcher had opened the scoring in the 29th minute, the Scotland striker's third goal in two games since joining the Black Cats from Wolverhampton Wanderers.