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United restore lead with resounding Villa victory

Published: Sunday 15 April 2012, 21.36CET
Manchester United FC restored their five-point lead at the Premier League summit with a 4-0 victory against Aston Villa FC, on a day when Chelsea FC reached the FA Cup final in style.

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Published: Sunday 15 April 2012, 21.36CET

United restore lead with resounding Villa victory

Manchester United FC restored their five-point lead at the Premier League summit with a 4-0 victory against Aston Villa FC, on a day when Chelsea FC reached the FA Cup final in style.

Manchester United FC remain on course for a record-breaking 20th league title after easing past Aston Villa FC 4-0, while Chelsea FC recorded a thumping 5-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur FC in the FA Cup semi-final. 

It took United just seven minutes to open the scoring, Wayne Rooney converting from the spot after Ashley Young had been tripped in the area. Shay Given did his best to thwart Sir Alex Ferguson's side with a string of fine saves, but the visitors showed little ambition going forward and faced an arduous task when United doubled their advantage just before half-time.

Patrice Evra burst forward from his full-back position and squared for Danny Welbeck to stab the ball past the stranded Republic of Ireland goalkeeper. The result was put beyond doubt after the break when Antonio Valencia teed up Rooney, whose prodded effort deflected past Given, before Nani made it four from close range.

Meanwhile, Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final, where they will face Liverpool FC. Didier Drogba set the Blues on their way with an unstoppable left-footed finish, before Juan Mata made it two. And although Gareth Bale halved the deficit, Ramires' deft chip and Frank Lampard's sweetly struck free-kick sealed Spurs' fate, before Florent Malouda completed the rout.

Last updated: 05/12/13 7.11CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 17/04/2012 17:56 CET

15/04/2012

Man. UnitedMan. United4-0Aston VillaAston Villa

Rooney 7 (P), 73, Welbeck 43, Nani 90+3

Venue: Manchester

14/04/2012

West BromWest Brom1-0QPRQPR

Dorrans 22

Venue: West Bromwich

14/04/2012

SunderlandSunderland0-0WolvesWolves

Venue: Sunderland

14/04/2012

SwanseaSwansea3-0BlackburnBlackburn

G. Sigurdsson 37, Dyer 43, Dann 63 (o.g.)

Venue: Swansea

14/04/2012

NorwichNorwich1-6Man. CityMan. City

Surman 51

Tévez 18, 73, 80, Agüero 27, 75, A. Johnson 90+3

Venue: Norwich

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