It was a case of new year, same old story in the Premier League as Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC all kicked off 2013 as they ended 2012 – by securing three points.
United and City did so with renewed vigour, easing to commanding victories that ensured no repeat of the nerve-shredding finales that have littered their festive programs. The leaders were most impressive, two goals apiece from Javier Hernández and Robin van Persie earning a 4-0 triumph at Wigan Athletic FC, a belated gift for Sir Alex Ferguson 24 hours after his 71st birthday.
Pablo Zabaleta's strike just before half-time set City on course for a 3-0 victory over Stoke City FC, while Michael Dawson's first league goal in nearly two years helped Tottenham come from behind to overpower visitors Reading FC 3-1. Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal FC could not match their neighbours when they found themselves in arrears at struggling Southampton FC; Arsène Wenger's side equalised but a winner was beyond them.
There was more disappointment for Aston Villa FC as Danny Graham's last-gasp effort earned Swansea City AFC a 2-2 draw in Wales. Paul Lambert's side did at least halt a run of three heavy losses, yet there was no such respite for the Scotsman's former club Norwich City FC as West Ham United FC consigned them to a fourth successive defeat. Fulham FC beat West Bromwich Albion FC in the early game.
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|Last updated: 21/02/2013 13:16 CET|
Guilherme do Prado 41 (o.g.)
|Venue: West Bromwich|
|1||Manchester United FC||21||52|
|2||Manchester City FC||21||45|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur FC||21||39|
|7||West Bromwich Albion FC||21||33|
|8||Swansea City AFC||21||29|
|9||Stoke City FC||21||29|
|11||West Ham United FC||20||26|
|12||Norwich City FC||21||25|
|15||Newcastle United FC||20||20|
|16||Aston Villa FC||21||19|
|18||Wigan Athletic FC||21||18|
|20||Queens Park Rangers FC||20||10|