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Man United two points ahead of Chelsea at halfway stage of Premier League

Man United two points ahead of Chelsea at halfway stage of Premier League

Manchester United maintained its two point lead over Chelsea at the top of the Premier League at the halfway point of the season.
United beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday and a 90th-minute goal from Arjen Robben gave Chelsea a 3-2 win at Wigan.
United has 47 points and Chelsea 45. In the past, every club with at least 47 points after 19 games has gone on to win the Premier League.
Ronaldo notched the 2,000th United goal under manager Alex Ferguson with his opener in the 58th minute before Paul Scholes volleyed in a superb strike five minutes later. Ronaldo sealed the win by turning in Gary Neville's cross in the 86th.
"The boy is in great form," Ferguson said of Ronaldo. "He was a revelation against Villa. He played with great strength and courage. He's having a marvellous season for us and is playing as well as anyone."
United owner Malcolm Glazer won the first derby between teams owned by U.S. businessmen. Villa, owned by Randy Lerner, had failed to beat United at Villa Park in 11 years.
Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou looked set to hand Chelsea a victory after giving the Blues a 2-0 lead inside 31 minutes.
Emile Heskey scored in the 45th for Wigan, then tied it with his sixth goal of the season in the 75th.
Robben scored the winning goal from just outside the area in the third minute of injury time and it stretched Chelsea's unbeaten run to nine games.
"I am not proud, I am very sad," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "We don't deserve to win this game."
Robben agreed with Mourinho.
"We were 2-0 up in the first half, very confident, very comfortable and we just let them come back in the game and we were sloppy," Robben said. "Today was maybe the worst game of the season but we got through it and we have to carry on."
Liverpool stayed undefeated at home and remained 13 points back from United in third place, after second-half goals from Craig Bellamy and Xabi Alonso in a 2-0 win over last-place Watford.
Bellamy took a pass from midfielder Steven Gerrard before chipping the ball over goalkeeper Ben Foster in the 47th for his fourth goal in four games. Alonso sealed the victory with a long, curling shot in the 88th.
Arsenal recovered from a goal down to crush Blackburn 6-2 and remain undefeated at Emirates Stadium this season.
Gilberto Silva, Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Adebayor and Mathieu Flamini scored one goal each, while Robin van Persie added two more in a four-minute span for the Gunners.
Shabani Nonda scored both Blackburn goals, including a penalty in the second minute.
Nicolas Anelka scored twice in his first return to the City of Light stadium as Bolton beat Manchester City 2-0.
The French striker scored with a shot from the right side of the penalty box in the eighth, before clinching it with his fifth league goal of the season in the 25th.
Newcastle moved up into 11th with its fourth straight win at St. James Park, a 3-1 win over Tottenham.
Kieron Dyer curled in a right-footed shot from the edge of the box in the third. Obafemi Martins headed in a cross from Scott Parker to double the lead seven minutes later. Spurs midfielder Danny Murphy pulled the visitors to within a goal in the 15th before Parker scored the final in the 34th.
Portsmouth stayed in sixth place after coming from behind to beat Sheffield United 3-1.
Rob Hulse headed in a cross in the fourth to give the visitors the lead, but an own-goal from defender Robert Kozluk in the 48th energized Portsmouth, and defender Sol Campbell headed in a corner from Matthew Taylor six minutes later. Noe Pamarot headed in a pass for the final tally in the 67th.
Andy Johnson and James McFadden scored to lead Everton to its second away win of the season in a 2-0 win over Reading.
West Ham stayed in 18th after failing to score an away goal for the eighth consecutive game in its 0-0 draw with Fulham.
Middlesbrough moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win against Charlton.
Striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu opened the scoring with a left-footed shot from the center of the area in the 29th before Julio Arca headed in from the edge of the box in the 52nd.
In the League Championship, Birmingham maintained its five-point lead over Preston with a 4-0 win at Southend. Preston moved to 44 points with a 1-0 win over Colchester. Derby also has 44 after drawing 0-0 with Burnley.


Updated : 2021-10-19 11:54 GMT+08:00