Fletcher scores as United win

Portsmouth, August 26:

Darren Fletcher was the unlikely goal hero for the second match in a row as Manchester United got their Premier League title defence up and running with a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth on Monday.

Fletcher handed United their first win of the season with a fortuitous 32nd-minute strike, which may yet be credited as a Sylvain Distin own goal, as the champions produced another toothless attacking display.

Manchester United welcomed back Carlos Tevez after the Argentine missed their 1-1 opening day draw with Newcastle due to a family bereavement. Injured star midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo remained on the sidelines.

The European Cup holders finally took the lead 13 minutes before half time, although with a huge helping hand from Portsmouth defenders Sol Campbell and Distin.