England Premier League — 02 January 2013

Robin van Persie scored a brace in Manchester United's 4-0 win at WiganIt’s as you were at the top of the Premier League table, as both Manchester United and Manchester City claimed big victories.

Manchester City won 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium against Stoke. The Citizens took the lead just before half-time.

James Milner found full-back Pablo Zabaleta in the penalty area and the Argentinian international fired past Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal.

The home side doubled their lead in the second half, as Edin Dzeko poked home, after Begovic had failed to deal with Sergio Aguero’s effort.

City made it three in the 74th minute. David Silva was brought down in the Stoke area and Sergio Aguero stepped up to score from the penalty spot. The draw kept City seven points behind arch-rivals Manchester United, after the Red Devils won 4-0 at Wigan.

United took the lead in the 35th minute, Javier Hernandez scoring from close-range after Ali Al Habsi had parried Patrice Evra’s effort. Robin Van Persie curled home United’s second in the 43rd minute. The visitors extended their lead in the 63rd minute, as Javier Hernandez fired home from inside the penalty area.

Robin Van Persie completed the rout from close range in the 88th minute to keep the Red Devils flying at the top of the Premier League table.

Elsewhere, Southampton drew 1-1 with Arsenal at St Marys. The home side took the lead in the 34th minute, as Gaston Ramirez capitalised on poor defending from Bacary Sagna. The Gunners equalised just before half-time, Guly Do Prado putting the ball past Artur Boruc in his own goal.

The draw took the home side out of the relegation zone. Meanwhile Arsenal remain fifth in the Premier League table.

Other Premier League results:

West Brom 1-2 Fulham

Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa

West Ham 2-1 Norwich

Tottenham 3-1 Reading

Will Manchester United now run away with the Premier League title?


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