London - Shinji Kagawa hit a hat-trick as
Manchester United warmed up for the visit of Real Madrid with a 4-0 rout
of Norwich City on Saturday that sent them 15 points clear in the
United will resume their last-16 tie against
Madrid on Tuesday following a 1-1 draw in the away leg and Kagawa's
first United treble ensured they will approach the game brimming with
Ryan Giggs was made to wait for his 1,000th senior
appearance after being left out of United's match-day squad, but manager
Alex Ferguson selected his first-choice strike pairing of Robin van
Persie and Wayne Rooney.
The hosts dominated the first half at Old Trafford but they had to wait until first-half stoppage time to take the lead.
international Kagawa claimed the goal, beating Norwich goalkeeper Mark
Bunn with a near-post volley after van Persie had helped on Antonio
Valencia's inswinging right-wing cross.
Kagawa doubled United's
tally 14 minutes from time, sweeping home from Rooney's square pass, and
completed his treble in the 87th minute by racing onto a Rooney lay-off
and coolly lifting the ball over Bunn.
Rooney got on the
score-sheet in the final minute with a beautiful strike into the
top-left corner from outside the box to further amplify the task facing
second-place Manchester City, who visit Aston Villa on Monday.
drew a line beneath interim manager Rafael Benitez's attack on the
club's fans by winning 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion to reclaim
third place from Tottenham Hotspur, who host Arsenal on Sunday.
criticising Chelsea's fans in mid-week, Benitez was greeted at Stamford
Bridge by banners bearing the words 'Rafa Out' and 'The Interim One' --
a reference to beloved former coach Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho.
and Juan Mata both went close for Chelsea in the early stages before
Demba Ba scored the only goal in the 28th minute, hooking home from six
yards after David Luiz headed Oscar's deep cross from the left back
Bottom club Queens Park Rangers gave their bid to
avoid relegation a huge shot in the arm by winning 2-1 at Southampton to
close to within four points of safety.
Jay Bothroyd tapped in a
cross from Park Ji-sung in the 77th minute to give QPR victory at St
Mary's, after Loic Remy's 14th-minute opener was cancelled out by Gaston
Ramirez's clever dinked finish on the stroke of half-time.
second from bottom, received another setback in their fight to avoid
the drop as they sank to a third consecutive loss in a 3-1 defeat at
Marouane Fellaini broke the deadlock with a 42nd-minute
header, with Steven Piennar's fine goal making it 2-0 in the 59th
Pienaar then created Everton's third in the 66th minute
with a through-ball that was converted by Kevin Mirallas, before Hal
Robson-Kanu replied for the Royals.
Sunderland came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Fulham in an open game at the Stadium of Light.
Dimitar Berbatov penalty and a Sascha Riether strike put the visitors
2-0 up inside 35 minutes, but Craig Gardner immediately reduced the
arrears from the penalty spot and Stephane Sessegnon pounced to claim a
Elsewhere, substitute Jack Collison gave
West Ham United a 1-0 win at Stoke City, while an 85th-minute Luke Moore
effort earned League Cup winners Swansea City a 1-0 win at home to
The late game sees ninth-placed Liverpool visit Wigan Athletic.