Red Devils dominate at Old Trafford
Manchester United went top of the Barclays Premier League table as they defeated Portsmouth 5-0 at Old Trafford. With Chelsea hosting Arsenal tomorrow, the Red Devils did not waste the chance to leapfrog their rivals as Wayne Rooney headed in from close range from Darren Fletcher's cross as the champions dominated, with Anthony Vanden Borre turning in Nani's attempted cross just before half-time.
Michael Carrick's shot deflected in off Richard Hughes to make it 3-0 before Dimitar Berbatov tormented the Pompey defence and fired home the fourth. Mark Wilson then became the third Pompey player to put through his own goal and round off the scoring.
Reds prevail in derby
Liverpool went fourth in the table thanks to a 1-0 victory over local rivals Everton at Anfield in the day's early kick-off. The Reds had Greece defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos sent off for a poorly-timed challenge on Marouane Fellaini, but Holland striker Dirk Kuyt got the only goal of the game as he headed in Steven Gerrard's 55th-minute corner. Everton were also reduced to ten men as Steven Pienaar was shown a second yellow card in injury time.
Manchester City, another side with UEFA Champions League aspirations, lost ground in the race for a top-four spot as they lost 2-1 to struggling Hull City. Jozy Altidore gave the Tigers the lead when he linked up well with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink before shooting into the corner of Shay Given's net. George Boateng got Hull's second with a well-placed volley from the edge of the area and Emmanuel Adebayor's effort was not enough for City.
Bright start for Nugent
David Nugent marked the start of his second loan spell at Burnley with a goal to help the Clarets to climb out of the relegation zone with victory over fellow strugglers West Ham United. The Portsmouth forward beautifully lofted Danny Fox's long ball over Robert Green in the 14th minute at Turf Moor.
A fantastic free-kick from Danny Fox just after half-time put the home side 2-0 up and sealed Brian Laws' first win as Burnley manager, despite Ilan grabbing a goal on his debut for the Hammers.
Sunderland's ten-match streak without a win continued as they drew 1-1 at home to Wigan Athletic. Mohamed Diame gave the visitors the lead at the Stadium of Light by blasting home when the hosts gave the ball away after 20 minutes. But Kenwyne Jones headed in Jordan Henderson's cross to secure a point for Steve Bruce against his former club.
Danny Higginbotham's eighth-minute strike at the Britannia Stadium set Stoke City on the way to a 3-0 win against ten-man Blackburn Rovers. The defender volleyed home after Rovers had failed to clear a corner before Franco Di Santo headed over from close range for the visitors.
Mamady Sidibe's tap-in made it 2-0 and sealed the win for the hosts before Christopher Samba was sent off for a second yellow card. Matthew Etherington then rounded off the scoring.
The match between Bolton Wanderers and Fulham at the Reebok Stadium ended goalless.