MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United went back to six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table standings on Saturday after beating Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford.
Manchester City had cut the gap at the top to three points, following a similar win over Newcastle United, but goals from Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney sealed the victory for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Substitute Frazier Campbell headed in a consolation goal for Sunderland by it was also an easy outing for the leaders.
In the early kick-off at St. James Park, Sergio Aguero, Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure scored the goals for Manchester City in their 3-1 win over Newcastle.
Striker Demba Ba had pulled one back in the 51st minute to make the score 2-1, but City were too dominant for the home side which struggled today without several key midfield players.
Another big time struggler at home in the Premier League today were Liverpool, who were thumped 3-1 by the visiting Aston Villa.
Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann gave Aston Villa a 2-0 first half lead before Benteke netted again early in the second half to make it 3-0.
Captain Steven Gerrard netted for Liverpool in the 87th on a disappointing afternoon for the Reds at Anfield.
QPR moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with its first victory of the season. Harry Redknapp’s side beat Fulham 2-1 with Adel Taarabt scoring both goals for Rangers.
Norwich continued its fabulous run in the league this season with another win, this time a 2-1 win at home over Wigan. Stoke City and Everton ended 1-1.
English Barclays Premiership Results
13:45 Full-Time Newcastle 1 : 3 Manchester City
16:00 Full-Time Liverpool 1 : 3 Aston Villa
16:00 Full-Time Manchester Utd 3 : 1 Sunderland
16:00 Full-Time Norwich 2 : 1 Wigan
16:00 Full-Time QPR 2 : 1 Fulham
16:00 Full-Time Stoke City 1 : 1 Everton