LONDON (Sporting Alert) Manchester United and Manchester City both picked up impressive wins to start the New Year in the English Premier League, but Arsenal were held on Tuesday.
English Barclays Premier League Results
FULL-SCORE: West Brom 1 vs. 2 Fulham
FULL-SCORE: Manchester City 3 vs. 0 Stoke City
FULL-SCORE: Swansea 2 vs. 2 Aston Villa
FULL-SCORE: Tottenham 3 vs. 1 Reading
FULL-SCORE: West Ham 2 vs. 1 Norwich
FULL-SCORE: Wigan 0 vs. 4 Manchester United
FULL-SCORE: Southampton 1 vs. 1 Arsenal
Leaders Manchester United thrashed Wigan 4-0 at DW Stadium with strikers Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie each grabbing a brace in the win.
“Wigan are a difficult team to play against, particularly at their own ground so 4-0 is a good result for us. The game started slowly but once we got the first goal we were away and we were happy to go in a half-time 2-0 up,” Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“Javier Hernandez is a goal-scorer, a real penalty box player. Van Persie’s ability to play is exceptional and his first goal was magnificent. We expected him to be a major player and add something to us and that is exactly what he has done. ”
The Victory saw Man Utd maintaining its seven point lead in the Premier League table over Manchester City, who scored a 3-0 win over Stoke City.
Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko and a penalty from Sergio Aguero set up the win for the defending champions, who continue to keep tab on the Red Devils.
Emmanuel Adebayor was on the scoresheet and Tottenham came away with a 3-1 win over Reading, who had jumped into the lead in the fourth minute through Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Michael Dawson and Clint Dempsey also netted for Spurs, who moved up to third place.
Elsewhere, Mark Noble and Joey O’Brien scored first half goals to lead West Ham United to a needing win over Norwich with the 2-1 result at Upton Park.
Fulham also got a 2-1 victory in the early game over a disappointed West Brom.
But Arsenal were held 1-1 at Southampton and gave up valuable points on the front runners, while Aston Villa surrendered a late goal and were held 2-2 at Swansea City, a game that saw Michu returning for the home side.