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Five-goal Manchester United reel in frustrated City

Published: Monday 26 December 2011, 20.35CET
Manchester United FC moved level on points with leaders Manchester City FC with a second successive 5-0 victory as their rivals were held to a 0-0 draw by West Bromwich Albion FC.

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Published: Monday 26 December 2011, 20.35CET

Five-goal Manchester United reel in frustrated City

Manchester United FC moved level on points with leaders Manchester City FC with a second successive 5-0 victory as their rivals were held to a 0-0 draw by West Bromwich Albion FC.

Manchester United FC strengthened their bid to claim a 20th league title by moving level on points with leaders Manchester City FC, who were held 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion FC, following a 5-0 victory against Wigan Athletic FC.

United had dismantled Fulham FC 5-0 five days ago and Wigan suffered the same fate with the help of Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick (41, 58, 78). Park Ji-Sung (8) had set the English champions on the way to a fifth league victory in December before Wigan's Conor Sammon was dismissed (40). Antonio Valencia (75) ensured United halved City's superior goal difference to five.

West Brom became the first Premier League side this season to prevent Roberto Mancini's charges from scoring by earning a goalless draw at The Hawthorns, in which both Mario Balotelli and Jerome Thomas struck the woodwork. Earlier, Chelsea FC missed the chance to go third after being held to their third consecutive 1-1 draw, Fulham's Clint Dempsey cancelling out Juan Mata's opening goal (47).

Elsewhere, Demba Ba scored his 14th league goal of the campaign as Newcastle United FC overcame Bolton Wanderers FC 2-0. The Magpies are now within a point of sixth-placed Liverpool FC, held 1-1 by Blackburn Rovers FC. Sunderland AFC and Everton FC also drew 1-1 while Stoke City FC-Aston Villa FC ended goalless.

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Results

English Premier League 2011/12

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Last updated: 05/01/2012 15:27 CET

26/12/2011

StokeStoke0-0Aston VillaAston Villa

Venue: Stoke

26/12/2011

SunderlandSunderland1-1EvertonEverton

Colback 26

Baines 51 (penalty)

Venue: Sunderland

26/12/2011

BoltonBolton0-2NewcastleNewcastle

Ben Arfa 69, Ba 71

Venue: Bolton

26/12/2011

West BromWest Brom0-0Man. CityMan. City

Venue: West Bromwich

26/12/2011

Man. UnitedMan. United5-0WiganWigan

Park Ji-Sung 8, Berbatov 41, 58, 78 (penalty), Valencia 75

Venue: Manchester

26/12/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool1-1BlackburnBlackburn

Maxi Rodríguez 53

Adam 45 (o.g.)

Venue: Liverpool

26/12/2011

ChelseaChelsea1-1FulhamFulham

Juan Mata 47

Dempsey 56

Venue: London

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