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Rooney double helps United to top spot

Published: Saturday 11 February 2012, 20.37CET
Wayne Rooney scored twice just after half-time to earn Manchester United FC a 2-1 home win against Liverpool FC and help them go one point clear at the Premier League summit.

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Published: Saturday 11 February 2012, 20.37CET

Rooney double helps United to top spot

Wayne Rooney scored twice just after half-time to earn Manchester United FC a 2-1 home win against Liverpool FC and help them go one point clear at the Premier League summit.

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.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.10CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 24/02/2012 15:28 CET

11/02/2012

TottenhamTottenham5-0NewcastleNewcastle

Assou-Ekotto 4, Saha 6, 20, Kranjčar 34, Adebayor 64

Venue: London

11/02/2012

BoltonBolton1-2WiganWigan

Davies 67

G. Caldwell 43, McArthur 76

Venue: Bolton

11/02/2012

SunderlandSunderland1-2ArsenalArsenal

McClean 70

Ramsey 75, Henry 90+1

Venue: Sunderland

11/02/2012

BlackburnBlackburn3-2QPRQPR

Yakubu 15, N'Zonzi 23, Onuoha 45+5 (o.g.)

Mackie 71, 90+2

Venue: Blackburn

11/02/2012

SwanseaSwansea2-3NorwichNorwich

Graham 23, 87 (penalty)

Holt 47, 63, Pilkington 51

Venue: Swansea

11/02/2012

EvertonEverton2-0ChelseaChelsea

Pienaar 5, Stracqualursi 71

Venue: Liverpool

11/02/2012

FulhamFulham2-1StokeStoke

Pogrebnyak 16, Sørensen 28 (o.g.)

Shawcross 78

Venue: London

11/02/2012

Man. UnitedMan. United2-1LiverpoolLiverpool

Rooney 47, 50

Suárez 80

Venue: Manchester

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