Man United go seven points clear

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 23:06 GMT

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Man United's win and two dramatic comebacks.

  • Wayne Rooney scored twice in Man United's victory
  • Theo Walcott struck Arsenal's equaliser against Liverpool 
  • Adam Le Fondre scored two late goals as Reading claimed a point 

Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-1 to stretch their lead to seven points at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

After second-placed Manchester City stumbled to a draw at QPR on Tuesday night, it was an evening of opportunity for United, and after the early shock of falling behind to a Jay Rodriguez strike, Rooney rose to the challenge and fired both of United's goals in their victory at Old Trafford.

  • Premier League
Team Score Team
Man Utd 2 - 1 Southampto
Reading 2 - 2 Chelsea
Fulham 3 - 1 West Ham
Everton 2 - 1 West Brom
Norwich 1 - 1 Tottenham
Arsenal 2 - 2 Liverpool

Rodriguez rocked the home support when he took advantage of a poor back pass by Michael Carrick and beat David De Gea to the ball before slotting home inside three minutes.

Rooney dragged United level five minutes later though when he produced a smart finish to convert Shinji Kagawa's pass, and then tapped in his second and the eventual winner after 27 minutes when Patrice Evra headed Robin van Persie's free-kick from the left across goal.

Liverpool looked to be cruising to victory at the Emirates Stadium when they led Arsenal 2-0 after an hour, but the home side scored twice in rapid succession to force a 2-2 draw.

Luis Suarez fired Liverpool ahead in the fifth minute with a deflected strike following a messy build-up and lax defending. And the Arsenal backline was at its shambolic worst again as Liverpool extended their lead after 59 minutes, allowing Jordan Henderson to barge through from the right flank and tuck the ball beyond Wojciech Szczesny.

Olivier Giroud maintained his recent excellent form to pull the first goal back five minutes later though, heading in powerfully from Jack Wilshere's free-kick, and the French striker laid off a pass from Wilshere into the path of Theo Walcott to drive in Arsenal's second in the 67th minute.

The draw was of little help to either side's hope of breaking into the Champions League places.

Meanwhile third-placed Chelsea were cruising at Reading until two late goals from substitute Adam Le Fondre stunned Rafael Benitez's side, earning the hosts a point from an improbable 2-2 draw.

Juan Mata's firm left-footed finish from Fernando Torres' pass in the 45th minute and Frank Lampard's header after 65 minutes put Chelsea in charge. Le Fondre rifled what looked like a consolation in the 87th minute, but then struck again with a close-range volley in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

  • Premier League
Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 59
2 Man City 52
3 Chelsea 46
4 Tottenham 42
5 Everton 41
6 Arsenal 38
7 Liverpool 35
8 Swansea 34
9 West Brom 34
10 Stoke City 30
11 Sunderland 29
12 Fulham 28

Leighton Baines scored twice, with the first a crunching 20-yard drive and the second a penalty, as Everton beat West Brom 2-1 to move a point behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

The left-back raced forward to collect a pass from Leon Osman and fired into the top left corner as Everton went ahead in the 29th minute at Goodison Park. He then drilled in a penalty just before half-time after Victor Anichebe was brought down by Claudio Yacob.

It might have been comfortable for Everton after that but for a defensive blunder from Johnny Heitinga. The Dutch defender made a mess of attempting to block Romelu Lukaku's low shot, with the ball looping up for Shane Long to head in.

  • Manchester United are looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a victory over Southampton
  • But Jay Rodriguez shocks the home crowd by putting the Saints 1-0 up in the third minute
  • More questions will be asked of goalkeeper David de Gea
  • Southampton aren't ahead for long as Wayne Rooney equalises for the Red Devils
  • Meanwhile Arsenal are looking to boost their top-four hopes as they host Liverpool
  • But Luis Suarez strikes first to give the Reds an early lead at the Emirates Stadium
  • Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard battle for possession
  • Leighton Baines celebrates after giving Everton the lead against West Brom
  • Rooney nets his second of the game from close range to put United 2-1 up
  • Baines scores from the spot to double the Toffees' advantage at Goodison Park
  • A great save from Pepe Reina ensures Liverpool go into the break leading Arsenal 1-0
  • Juan Mata's goal just before the interval breaks the deadlock in Chelsea's clash with Reading
  • Dimitar Berbatov scores the opener in Fulham's clash with West Ham at Craven Cottage
  • Liverpool look on course for three points as Jordan Henderson makes it 2-0 against Arsenal
  • Shane Long pulls a goal back for the Baggies but they still lose 2-1 at Everton
  • Hugo Rodallega puts Fulham back in front after Kevin Nolan had equaliser for the Hammers
  • Olivier Giroud heads home to pull a goal back for the Gunners...
  • Before Theo Walcott's stunning goal ensures they earn a 2-2 draw with Liverpool
  • Frank Lampard surely seals all three points for Chelsea at Reading by scoring the second goal of the game
  • Gareth Bale left it late to rescue a point for Tottenham in their encounter at Norwich
  • Remarkably, two late goals from Adam Le Fondre earn Reading an unlikely point against Chelsea
All the best pictures from Wednesday's Premier League action, including Manchester United's clash with Southampton.

Tottenham could only manage a 1-1 draw at Norwich, and even that looked beyond them for a long while.

Wes Hoolahan converted Anthony Pilkington's cross to give Norwich a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute, but they could not hold it and Gareth Bale produced a superb equaliser after 80 minutes, tearing forward with the ball at his feet from the halfway line before cracking a powerful shot into the left corner.

Fulham triumphed 3-1 in their London derby with West Ham at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Hugo Rodallega, both created by Damien Duff, and a late Joey O'Brien own goal.

Kevin Nolan brought West Ham briefly level in the 48th minute, but West Ham switched off at the back and Rodallega headed the winner a minute later when he beat three defenders and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to Duff's cross from the left. The late third was a bonus.

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