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United close in as old boy Gibson sinks City

Published: Tuesday 31 January 2012, 22.30CET
A 2-0 win against Stoke City FC took Manchester United FC level on points with leaders Manchester City FC, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Everton FC inflicted by former Red Devil Darron Gibson.

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Published: Tuesday 31 January 2012, 22.30CET

United close in as old boy Gibson sinks City

A 2-0 win against Stoke City FC took Manchester United FC level on points with leaders Manchester City FC, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Everton FC inflicted by former Red Devil Darron Gibson.

A routine win against Stoke City FC took Manchester United FC level on points with leaders Manchester City FC, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Everton FC.

Midfielder Darron Gibson did his former side a huge favour by scoring the winning goal for Everton against City, enabling United to join their city rivals at the top of the Premier League. Gibson only joined David Moyes' side from the English champions on 13 January but, on his third league appearance, fired an unstoppable shot past Joe Hart on the hour to condemn City to only their third reverse of the campaign.

United join City on 54 points thanks to a 2-0 home win against Stoke made possible by penalties in either half by Javier Hernández and Dimitar Berbatov. Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC also triumphed against Wigan Athletic FC, with Gareth Bale's double sandwiching Luka Modrić's first-half strike in a 3-1 win.

Chelsea FC, however, are now seven points adrift of Harry Redknapp's side after drawing 1-1 at Swansea City AFC after having Ashley Cole sent off. The hosts would have sunk the Blues but for an added-time Neil Taylor own goal.

Meanwhile, second-half strikes by Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt sealed a 3-0 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC that lifted Liverpool FC up to fifth.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.18CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/02/2012 18:15 CET

31/01/2012

Man. UnitedMan. United2-0StokeStoke

Hernández 38 (penalty), Berbatov 53 (penalty)

Venue: Manchester

31/01/2012

EvertonEverton1-0Man. CityMan. City

Gibson 60

Venue: Liverpool

31/01/2012

WolvesWolves0-3LiverpoolLiverpool

Carroll 52, Bellamy 61, Kuyt 78

Venue: Wolverhampton

31/01/2012

SwanseaSwansea1-1ChelseaChelsea

Sinclair 39

N. Taylor 90+3 (o.g.)

Venue: Swansea

31/01/2012

TottenhamTottenham3-1WiganWigan

Bale 29, 64, Modrić 34

McArthur 80

Venue: London

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