Manchester United finally ended a barren run of two winless streaks at home to convincingly beat Aston Villa by 4-1 in the lunch time kickoff at Old Trafford in a sunny Manchester afternoon. Wayne Rooney’s brace ensured United would head into half time with their noses in front after Ashley Westwood gave the Villains an early lead with his thumping free kick. Juan Mata then scored his first goals for the Red Devils and Javier Hernandez made the victory more emphatic with late strike following a delightful layoff from substitute Adnan Januzaj. As a result of the win some pressure lifted off manager David Moyes who had been welcomed with a ‘Wrong One’ banner flying above Old Trafford before the kick off.
Elsewhere, an own goal from Captain John Terry gave Crystal Palace a shock win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park. Tony Pulis’ side went ahead when Terry’s header went past Petr Cech in goal as Jose Mourinho’s men never quite recovered from the setback. Julian Speroni, the Palace goalkeeper was in sublime form as he denied Chelsea time and again as the Eagles held on for a huge win. The loss however inflicted a huge damage on Chelsea’s title aspirations as Mourinho later conceded that his side had blown away the chances of reclaiming the Premier League trophy.
However, in the clash of the day, Arsenal came back from a goal down at the Emirates to hold Manchester City with a determined display in front of their home faithful. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had taken an early lead thanks to David Silva, the Spaniard who strolled the ball into the net following Edin Dzeko’s pile driver which came off the post. But it was Frenchman Mathieu Flamini who grabbed the equalizer for the Gunners early into the second half as the home side held the Citizens in what was a lively encounter at London.
In the south coast however, Southampton literally strolled to huge 4-0 win over Newcastle at home I what was simply a sumptuous performance. Jay Rodriguez put the Saints in front just before half time and netted the fourth in the 89th after Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana scored. The win would more particularly give Roy Hodgson huge delight ahead of England’s 23 member squad selection for the World Cup in Brazil.
In Wales, Swansea City comprehensively beat Norwich by 3-0 to ease their relegation fears in what was a gritty display from Gary Monk’s side. Jonathan De Guzman grabbed two goals of his own as the Swans are now seven points clear off the relegation battle.