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United stay top after win

2011-02-02 06:57

London - Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United remained five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa on Tuesday.

For much of the night it looked as if United might extend their lead but second-placed Arsenal came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at the Emirates and so stay in touch with Sir Alex Ferguson's unbeaten side.

England striker Rooney's first minute goal - his first in open play in the Premier League in 11 months - gave the hosts the ideal start at Old Trafford.

Rooney controlled United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's long goalkick downfield before unleashing a 20-yard dipping shot past Brad Friedel.

The former Everton forward then doubled United's lead on the stroke of half-time when he turned in Nani's cross from close range.

Darren Bent, a £24 million transfer window capture from Sunderland, gave Villa hope with a 58th minute goal before United defender Nemanja Vidic blasted an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net five minutes later.

Louis Saha fired Everton into a 24th minute lead against Arsenal, although the French striker appeared to be several yards offside.

But Arsenal grabbed a 70th minute equaliser through Andrey Arshavin after the Russia international latched onto Cesc Fabregas's ball over the top.

And the Gunners completed their revival 15 minutes from time when unmarked defender Laurent Koscielny headed in a Robin van Persie corner.

English champions Chelsea, still 10 points behind United, came from a goal down to win 4-2 at Sunderland.

Blues captain John Terry made it 3-2 on the hour mark after Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon could only parry Frank Lampard's initial shot before striker Nicolas Anelka put the result beyond doubt in the 90th minute.

Four goals were scored in a remarkable first-half at the Stadium of Light.

It took Sunderland just four minutes to open the scoring, with Phil Bardsley's swerving shot deceiving Petr Cech.

But Chelsea equalised through Lampard's 15th minute penalty after Ahmed Elmohamady was ruled to have climbed over Ashley Cole in the box.

And eight minutes later Chelsea were in front when Scotland international Gordon made up Salomon Kalou's mind by misguidedly rushing off his line.

However, Steve Bruce's side were back on level terms in the 26th minute when, after Elmohamady was fouled by John Obi Mikel on the edge of the area, former Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson saw his 20-yard free-kick go under the Chelsea wall and past a flat-footed Cech.

In Tuesday's other Premier League match, Wigan remained in the relegation zone after a 2-2 draw away to West Brom.

Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie gave the Baggies a fifth minute lead but Charles N'Zogbia's deflected free-kick drew visitors Wigan level in the 20th minute.

Another free-kick, from Ben Watson, gave Wigan the lead two minutes before half-time but the Baggies grabbed a point through Marc-Antoine Fortune's late header.

Manchester City can leapfrog Arsenal into second place if they win away to Birmingham on Wednesday when Liverpool, fresh from signing Andy Carroll for a club record £35 million, face Stoke.

AFP

Comments
  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-02 07:57

    United look like they may FINALLY have got it all together after last nights performance and if this continues and Rooney starts contributing along with Berbatov and Nani we can wrap the league up in our two games against Chelsea effectively....... well done boys and good to see Arsenal keep it interesting for the rest because silver does look on them..............

      Gunner - 2011-02-02 12:48

      lol...dream on dude

      Albo - 2011-02-02 13:19

      @Gunner, you`re right. 4th place is more like it!!

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-02 08:59

    I'M GONA ENJOY SEEING MAN U STUFF IT ALL UP SOON & MAKE WAY FOR THE GUNNERS !

      hasahasa.baloyi - 2011-02-02 10:48

      Man United are not like Arsenal u stupid moron

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-02 10:55

      YOU RIGHT ARSENAL PLAYS BETTER FOOTBALL THEN MAN WOES !

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-02 12:02

      Better football for first brides maids indeed. Then Wenger reckons they gonna win a Quadruple, where? United have the League, Barcelona will knock them out of Europe and they only really in the League Cup final surely?

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-02 13:31

      THE ONLY WAY MAN U WILL WIN ANYTHING IS BUY CARRYING ON BUYING REFS LIKE THEY DID AGAINST LIVERPOOL & BLACKPOOL.

  • A(N)ON - 2011-02-02 10:07

    @ sidewinder u are a doos! Commenting on this thread that u will enjoy Man U stuff it up and then on another thread that you want someone to beat Man U. Why dont u wish for your team to beat us. Fact is most people wrote us off saying that we were the weakest Man U team in a while. Well guess what? Tis weak team is now 5 points clear and fast getting into top gear. Yesterday's result was clinical - one always felt that United had enough in reserve to keep Villa at bay. When Bent pulled one back, the team stepped up the tempo and restored the 2 goal margin - and if Berbs was anywhere near his best the margin could have been 5 or 6 at best. Rooney is gaining the confidence he had last season in front of goal and he will start hitting the back of goal with the consumate regularity that we are all used to AND we did not even have to call on Chicharito this time. So be scare, be really scared!

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-02 11:01

      Ballotelli will crucify you on the Manchester derby so BE scared very scared Anonymous. YOU’VE GONE FROM THE RED DEVILS TO RED ANGELS !! WAAH

  • daniel.schay - 2011-02-02 10:08

    Anyone else slightly confused as to how Man City can get 4 points from a win at Birmingham? Coz that's what they'll need to leapfrog Arsenal

      shaunrvn - 2011-02-02 10:54

      3 points to equal, will go above on goal difference

      Yogesh - 2011-02-02 11:17

      I also found that comment strange. Unless Man City is getting bonus points...lol

      Yogesh - 2011-02-02 11:19

      Man City on 45 points, Arsenal on 49 points......3 points for a win, Man City will be on 48 if they win, how do they leap over Arsenal?

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-02 12:01

      It's simple............the writer is a douche.

      Gunner - 2011-02-02 12:51

      @ Shaunrvn...U need to repeat primary school maths my friend....

      Gunner Nash - 2011-02-02 14:54

      Shaun have u just proved the intelligence (or lack of) many Man Utd supporters? They have no class, as i read some comments on these blogs, i notice how only (or in most cases) Man U supporters resort to name calling of players. I do not see any other supporters doing this, or maybe i have missed those comments. But being a soccer player myself, i know those are the type of tactics others resort to when they know they can't win otherwise, so they try to distract u with these remarks. Lol imagine calling Fabregas, Fabricass, u (LITTLE devils) should be honoured by his greatness and aim ur jealously elsewhere, its not our fault u stuck with Fletcher, Anderson and Carrick, They even had the nerve to suggest Rooney is better then Messi. I wonder how successful they would have been without the many ex Man U greats on the FA board. Them denying constantly being favoured by the refs is like the anc supporters denying Julius and the rest are corrupt, everyone can see it except them... So to all those “know it all” Man U supporters, we do not hate Man Utd? we hate constantly being screwed in broad daylight, we hate your arrogance, we hate your hypocrisy, we hate ur ignorance (maybe only a select few), we hate ur biased views, we hate ur "expert" opinions on each article [shaunrvn (suspected Man U faithful):3 points to equal, will go above on goal difference], believe it or not, everything Fergie touches won't turn into gold. Believe it or not, Man Utd is actually a very consistent above average team

      A(N)ON - 2011-02-02 15:52

      @ Nash Gunner take a chill pill man - we ManU supporters don't hate you - we just love great contests! Anyway, all of your arguments are based on the fact that Shaunrvn is a ManU supporter - unless he stated this in another forum; as perceptive as I am, I missed that association in this post of his. And BTW most of the posts I read from non Man U supporters also bring in the play on words (MaNure, Old Toilet, etc). I personally do not subscribe to this kind of behaviour as I think it is childish and immature but hey to each his/her own. From an objective perspective it is nice to see this years EPL go down to the wire with at least 4 or 5 contenders threatening to take it !

  • RED MANC - 2011-02-02 16:25

    To the rest of the chasing pack , we have news for you losers , Wazza is back . Last nite was vintage United . GGMU !

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