Rooney sees off Saints, Reading hold Chelsea
Wayne Rooney's double helped Manchester United restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
However, United were only behind for five minutes with Rooney equalising after the England striker was played in by Shinji Kagawa. And Rooney made it 2-1 in the 27th minute after a Robin van Persie free-kick was headed back across goal by Patrice Evra. United had the ball in the Saints net for a third time but the 'goal' was disallowed for offside.
Elsewhere, Chelsea blew a 2-0 lead as Reading climbed out of the bottom three after 'supersub' Adam Le Fondre scored two late goals in a 2-2 draw. The Blues, held to a draw by third-tier Brentford in the FA Cup, had to wait until first-half stoppage-time before taking the lead at the Madejski Stadium, with a neat pass from Fernando Torres setting up his fellow Spaniard Juan Mata, who drilled a low shot into the net.
Frank Lampard made it 2-0 in the 66th minute when he rose above the Royals' defence to head in a corner. But Le Fondre increased the pressure on Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez with two well-struck goals in the final three minutes.
Arsenal also came from 2-0 behind at home to Liverpool to force a 2-2 draw that did little for the top four ambitions of either club.
Liverpool needed just five minutes to take the lead at the Emirates after a series of mistakes involving Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Aaron Ramsey created a chance for Daniel Sturridge, whose shot was saved. But when the ball broke to fellow striker Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan swept his effort past Wojciech Szczesny.
More bad Arsenal defending allowed Jordan Henderson to burst into the penalty area before his initial shot was blocked only for the midfielder to score on the follow-up in the 60th minute. But within a few minutes Arsenal scored twice.
Olivier Giroud headed in Jack Wilshere's free-kick and the Frenchman then turned provider for Theo Walcott, who equalised with a powerful shot.
Spurs settle for a point, Baines leads Everton to victory
Tottenham Hotspur remained fourth thanks to Gareth Bale's superb leveller in a 1-1 draw away to Norwich City.
The Canaries, fresh from the embarrassment of being knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Luton Town, went ahead when Wes Hoolahan turned in Anthony Pilkington's 32nd minute cross. But Wales winger Bale struck in the 80th minute when he collected the ball inside his own half, ran at the defence and curled a shot across the goalkeeper.
Fifth-placed Everton closed to within a point of Tottenham after a 2-1 win at home to West Bromwich Albion. Leighton Baines gave Everton a 29th minute lead at Goodison Park when his well-timed run saw him found by Leon Osman before the left-back lashed a shot into the roof of the net from 16 yards.
Baines then doubled Everton's lead with a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Claudio Yacob brought down Victor Anichebe in the box. Shane Long pulled a goal back for the Baggies with a 65th minute header.
Meanwhile, Fulham beat London rivals West Ham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.
Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov celebrated his 32nd birthday by opening the scoring for Fulham with a tenth minute header.
There was a goal rush early in the second half, with Kevin Nolan equalising for the Hammers only for Hugo Rodallega to restore Fulham's lead a minute later when he turned in Damien Duff's cross. Joey O'Brien's late own-goal sealed Fulham's victory.