United reached the summit for the first time this season courtesy of a 2-1 home victory against Arsenal.
Chelsea looked like restoring their lead at the top of the league when Victor Moses got his first Premier League goal for the Blues. But Swansea fought back and Pablo Hernández fired past Petr Čech on 88 minutes to leave Chelsea a point behind United and one ahead of Manchester City who played out their first 0-0 draw of 2012 at West Ham.
it has not been a good week for AVB and Spurs. Beaten in the League Cup by Norwich on Wednesday, Tottenham were booed of the pitch by the home fans after losing 1-0 to Wigan. It was a costly defeat for Spurs as they would have closed the gap to third place Man City to 3 points with a win. For Wigan, the win moved them up to 11th, which might be their highest place ever in the Premier League as this time of the season.
Everton moved above Spurs into fourth with a 2-2 draw at Fulham as Marouane Fellaini scored twice. Fulham took a seventh-minute lead when Bryan Ruiz’s 25-yard free-kick went in off a combination of post and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.
However, Everton equalised through Fellaini in the 55th minute and 17 minutes later he struck a low shot past Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. Steve Sidwell, though, rescued a point for Fulham with a late strike.
Elsewhere, Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for the first time in 29 league games as Aston Villa pulled clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win against Sunderland. Meanwhile Norwich City followed up on their cup won in midweek by beating Stoke City 1-0 thanks to a Bradley Johnson’s header a minute before half-time.