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That’s why they are Champions

Manchester United scored five second-half goals against Tottenham Hotspur as they recovered from 2-0 down to beat the Londoners 5-2 and re-establish their three-point advanage over Liverpool at the Premier League summit.

Darren Bent (29) and Luka Modrić (32) deservedly gave the visitors a lead to take into the break and, at that point, few inside Old Trafford would have envisaged what was to come. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 57th-minute penalty halved the deficit and Wayne Rooney (67) levelled with the first of three goals in four minutes, the pair each adding second strikes. Dimitar Berbatov struck a fifth eleven minutes from time. United, who host Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, still have a game in hand on Liverpool, who went top on goal difference earlier in the day with a 3-1 victory at Hull City.

Xabi Alonso (45) and Dirk Kuyt (63) put Liverpool in control either side of a straight red card for Hull striker Caleb Folan just before the hour. The hosts reduced their arrears through Geovanni (72) only for Kuyt to extinguish any hopes of a Hull fightback a minute from time.

Chelsea warmed up for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final with Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Tuesday with a narrow victory at West Ham United. Salomon Kalou scored the only goal ten minutes after half-time for the Blues, who had Petr Čech to thank for saving Mark Noble’s 70th-minute penalty. Chelsea’s FA Cup final opponents Everton lost 2-1 at home to Manchester City.

West Brom win
Elsewhere, Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers, while Fulham moved into seventh courtesy of a 1-0 victory against Stoke City. In the day’s other game, bottom side West Bromwich Albion enjoyed a 3-0 home victory against Sunderland and moved to within six points shy of safety.

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