Manchester United FC moved a point clear at the top of the Premier League after Wayne Rooney scored both goals in a 2-1 home win against Liverpool FC.
With Manchester City FC not playing until Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson's men had the chance to overtake their crosstown title rivals for a day at least – and they took full advantage at Old Trafford. The first half simmered, without coming to the boil and the only real opening fell to Paul Scholes, whose header on the half-hour was directed straight at Pepe Reina.
Matters changed suddenly after the break. In the 47th minute, Ryan Giggs swung in a right-sided corner, the ball flicked off Jordan Henderson's head, and Rooney volleyed in emphatically. Soon after Antonio Valencia won possession off Jay Spearing and slipped in Rooney to double his, and United's account. It was the England striker's fourth goal in his last two games. Luis Suárez replied with ten minutes remaining, but United held on for the three points.
In the day's late game, Tottenham Hotspur FC consolidated third place through a 5-0 home success against Newcastle United FC with Emmanuel Adebayor involved in all the goals, scoring one. Thierry Henry struck a late winner for Arsenal FC at Sunderland AFC, while there were also victories for Blackburn Rovers FC, Wigan Athletic FC, Everton FC, Fulham FC and Norwich City FC.
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|Last updated: 24/02/2012 15:28 CET|
Mackie 71, 90+2
Graham 23, 87 (penalty)
Pienaar 5, Stracqualursi 71
Rooney 47, 50
|1||Manchester United FC||25||58|
|2||Manchester City FC||24||57|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur FC||25||53|
|6||Newcastle United FC||25||42|
|8||Norwich City FC||25||35|
|11||Swansea City AFC||25||30|
|13||Stoke City FC||25||30|
|14||Aston Villa FC||24||28|
|15||West Bromwich Albion FC||24||26|
|16||Queens Park Rangers FC||25||21|
|17||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||24||21|
|18||Blackburn Rovers FC||25||21|
|19||Bolton Wanderers FC||25||20|
|20||Wigan Athletic FC||25||19|