Substitute Javier Chicharito Hernandez scored two goals and Manchester United came back to beat Aston Villa as United stretched their lead at the top of the English Premier League to four points.
Villa stunned Man United by taking a two-goal lead through Andreas Weimann in the space of five minutes either side of half-time. But United have not lost at Villa Park in 17 years and got back in the game when Hernandez scored United’s first goal after a great through ball from Scholes. Hernandez then saw a shot deflect in off Villa skipper Ron Vlaar for the equalizer, before heading home the winner with three minutes to go.
Meanwhile, Everton consolidated their top four position in the league thanks to a 2-1 victory against Sunderland.
Sunderland led at half-time 1-0 through Adam Johnson’s first goal for the club before Everton turned the game on its head in four second-half minutes. First Marouane Fellaini drawing them level before laying on Nikica Jelavić with a splendid back-heel to wrap up all four points.
Level on points with Everton are fifth-placed West Bromw who won 2-1 at Wigan thanks to James Morrison’s opener and a Gary Caldwell own goal. West Brom boss Steve Clarke has done a fantastic job this season.
The game of the day came in north London, where Arsenal and Fulham drew 3-3. Arsène Wenger’s team took an early two-goal lead through Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski but were behind midway through the second half following two goals from Dimitar Berbatov and one from Alexander Kacaniklic. Giroud made it 3-3 and then the Gunners blew a chance to claim all three points when Mikel Arteta missed a penalty with literally the last kick of the game.
There was no joy at the bottom of the table as bottom side Queens Park Rangers lost 1-0 at Stoke while Southampton and Swansea drew 1-1 and Reading versus Norwich City ended goalless.
After 11 games QPR, Southampton and Reading have four, five and six points respectively. How soon before we see Harry Redknapp in charge at QPR or Southampton? With the massive new TV deal kicking in next season, the financial cost of getting relegated has never been higher.