Manchester United FC went back to the top of the FA Premiership by beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 while Liverpool FC beat fellow title challengers Newcastle United FC on Wednesday night.
Taricco sent off
David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooij both scored twice as United overwhelmed Tottenham 4-0 at Old Trafford. Beckham out the hosts ahead after 16 minutes with a rare left-footed goal. Van Nistelrooij claimed the second from the penalty spot after Mauricio Taricco pulled down Paul Scholes on the edge of the box and was sent off.
A good run by Diego Forlan set up Beckham for the third in the 64th minute, and Van Nistelrooy beat two men before scoring the fourth 14 minutes from time. United now have 61 points, one ahead of Arsenal FC, who were briefly top after beating Derby County FC 1-0 on Tuesday. However Arsenal have a game in hand.
Liverpool FC stayed third on 59 points after an impressive 3-0 home win over fourth-placed Newcastle United FC. Danny Murphy scored twice in a game delayed by 30 minutes because of a power failure.
Leeds win at last
Leeds United AFC stayed fifth on 48 points after beating Ipswich Town FC 2-0 for their first win in eleven games thanks to a Robbie Fowler goal and an Ian Harte penalty. Chelsea FC are sixth on 47 points after a late goal from Mikaël Forssell's late goal gave them a 3-2 home win over west London rivals Fulham FC.
Everton in danger
Everton FC were left in real danger of relegation after a 1-0 defeat at West Ham United FC, while Southampton FC drew 1-1 at home with Middlesbrough FC, who played the last 30 minutes with ten men after Gianluca Festa was sent off.
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