Football: Manchester City and United drop points as Diouf's solo goal stun champions
Published on Aug 31, 2014 12:14 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.
Mame Biram Diouf scored a superb individual goal to silence the City fans who have become used to seeing one-sided romps at their Etihad stadium, especially against the Premier League's lesser lights.
It was an equally miserable day for City's rivals Manchester United whose frustrations continued in a 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley with British-record signing Angel Di Maria unable to spark an improvement in their fortunes.
Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid for £59.7 million pounds (S$124 million) on Tuesday, showed flashes of his talent in a 70-minute debut, but United still looked short of attacking ideas, claiming only their second point from their opening three league games.
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