...and they did. David Moyes can afford to smile a little after his United side got noticeably stronger over 90 minutes. That's not happened enough times this season...
As long as there is both football and human weakness, there will be allegations of match-fixing. But a decent start would be an independent, national body...
With a few exceptions, more or less every club in the Premier League will be involved in some sort of transfer shenanigans on Monday.
Usually when a manager whinges about something in the news it's easy to dismiss it as just that, but it's difficult to disagree with Roberto Martinez.
"I am sure the authorities will look at it and do something about it because it is becoming a bit of a footballing circus and it is not helping anyone," said Martinez.
"It is not just for Everton. It happens at every football club up and down the country, not just the ones who are fighting to win the title or avoid relegation.
"Unfortunately it is the reality of the game. I do feel a bit worried about it. It is not getting easier and it is not getting better."
One hopes that everyone involved will keep their eyes on the collective ball, rather than worrying about the ins and outs that may or may not occur on Monday.
It's not the signing of Mathieu Flamini that's a problem. Reliable sort, capable of playing in a few different positions, on a free transfer - not a problem. It's the lack of anyone else that's the issue.
At the time of writing, a week after Arsene Wenger said the transfer window was just getting started and, hold on folks, it's going to be a spicy ride from now and no mistake, they seem no closer to strengthening their squad.
It must be galling for Arsenal fans that, as a few have said before, pretty much all of the players Spurs have signed this summer (with the possible exception of Nacer Chadli), would have improved Arsenal's squad, if not their first team.
Such a realisation might come screaming home on Sunday as Spurs bring Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Roberto Soldado and maybe even Erik Lamela to the Emirates, as Emmanuel Frimpong and Yaya Sanogo warm up for Arsenal.
It's vitally important for Wenger to win this game, because the ire from the stands will make the booing after the Aston Villa defeat seem like a polite round of applause for a piano recital by comparison. The ire from the stands on that occasion was of course partly informed by the failures in the transfer market, so add another fortnight of inactivity to that and...well, it won't be pretty.
The mood has of course been lightened by a few solid victories, but see how quickly that particular veil of optimism will fall should they be schooled by their rivals.
A promotion to the England squad that is so premature even Andre Villas-Boas questioned it, Townsend's performances of late have nonetheless been excellent, providing pace, a powerful left foot and a direct threat that Spurs haven't had since...oh, right, yes, him.
Villas-Boas's issue with the call-up was that, like Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone last season, Townsend might be called once then forgotten about. The problem for Townsend is that Spurs have just spent £25million on a player in his position, so he won't get that many chances to prove himself worthy of anything more than a token selection.
Unless, that is, he makes himself undroppable with a sterling performance in a big derby game...
Avoiding defeat in your first big game in charge is a perfectly understandable mindset. Indeed, it was one that both he and Jose Mourinho seemed to adopt - a double face-saver of a result.
However, it's a mindset that he must not adopt too often, particularly against Liverpool on Sunday.
Moyes has never won a game at the grounds of any of the old 'big four', a loaded fact that was highlighted a number of times after his appointment. It does indicate a certain lack of managerial ambition, something that will not fly when managing Manchester United.
His and United's handling of the Wayne Rooney situation has been pretty good, definitively saying the striker wasn't for sale, and backing that up by firmly rejecting Chelsea's approach. Moyes and United seemed to view the situation as a point of principle, as much as keeping a good player - the perceived power shift that such a move would signal could have undermined a man trying to establish himself.
In that respect, Rooney's continued presence at Old Trafford was a good start, but a win at Anfield would be much more valuable.
If you were being cruel, you'd say Steven Gerrard was getting his excuses in early after Liverpool's extra-time win in the League Cup this week.
"That wasn't what we wanted. We're going away slightly disappointed," said Gerrard.
"Yeah, we're in the draw and we're in the hat and obviously pleased to be through, but it was exactly what we didn't want really. One hundred and twenty minutes and a lot of players who are going to be starting on Sunday have played too much football.
"There's no doubt about it, extra-time, playing that amount of minutes, is a bit of a blow to us. I think the game plan was to get the game won, done and dusted, and then try and rest a few for Sunday."
Surely tiredness from an extra 30 minutes against a League One side won't fly as an excuse if they disappoint against United.
There's a suggestion that, even in the absence of Kolo Toure this weekend, Brendan Rodgers isn't keen on Skrtel and might not pick him against Manchester United.
If Andre Wisdom starts instead, then, well...
Swansea and Crystal Palace
Sure, it's only two games, but these are the only two teams in the Premier League who have yet to pick up a point.
Luckily, both sides have rather easier games than their first two - Swansea face West Brom while Palace host Sunderland. If they both lose again, one fears for them.
A victory against Manchester City for a promoted team would perhaps be most accurately described as a 'bonus', but after their giddy return to the top flight, slightly more prosaic tasks await.
You might not expect them to beat Everton either, but with the Toffees still switching from the Moyes to the Martinez approach, and this tide of optimism and confidence ripe for the riding, Malky Makay's men need to grab every opportunity for a point.
The trouble is, that even if Joe Hart drops clangers at his current rate, there is still nobody in his class for the England team. At the moment.
Still, if we're to apply the old 'vote of confidence' logic, Hart might be rather worried about his place in the England side.
"I've got every faith in Joe Hart," Roy Hodgson said this week. "When I took the job on I thought I had a top-class goalkeeper to work with and 16 months later I still think I've got a top-class goalkeeper to work with and I'm pretty sure he'll still be getting the headlines for all the right reasons again.
"I'd defend him, it would take more than a couple of games before we lost faith in a guy who has been No 1 over a long period."
There are no serious calls to drop Hart from the upcoming qualifiers, largely because the alternatives aren't particularly viable. However, if he chucks in a Danny Graham shot against Hull this weekend, those calls might not sound quite so silly.
On Thursday, Alan Pardew announced that he expected Cabaye to play against Fulham, but the ball was basically in the Frenchman's court.
One doesn't instinctively compare Wayne Rooney's professionalism favourably with another footballer's, but if Cabaye refuses to play after Rooney happily ran around with gusto for Manchester United on Monday, against the club that wanted to sign him, it doesn't look particularly good.
However, there's a move to force through here - Newcastle fans presumably won't be too optimistic of him taking the field.
Steve Clarke claims he's back and available to face Swansea. Hopefully he hasn't rushed things.
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