Man United go 15 points clear

  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 17:13 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including victories for Man United and Arsenal.

  • Ryan Giggs scored Manchester United's second goal of the game
  • Santi Cazorla netted twice in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Aston Villa 
  • Wigan boosted their survival hopes with a 3-0 victory at Reading 

Manchester United moved 15 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win over bottom side QPR at Loftus Road.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 68
2 Man City 53
3 Chelsea 49
4 Tottenham 48
5 Arsenal 47
6 Everton 42
7 West Brom 40
8 Liverpool 39
9 Swansea 37
10 Stoke City 33
11 Fulham 32
12 Norwich 32

Brazilian full-back Rafael put United ahead with a powerful drive on 23 minutes after his compatriot Julio Cesar had saved from Robin van Persie.

United lost top scorer Van Persie with a hip injury but Ryan Giggs made sure of victory with a good strike 10 minutes from time and then hit the bar soon after.

Santi Cazorla spared Arsenal further frustration after two defeats in the past week by netting a late winner in a 2-1 victory over struggling Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard tucked home his second goal of the game to make it 2-1 five minutes from time to ease some of the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Cazorla's opening goal in the sixth minute had been cancelled out in the 68th minute as Villa broke from deep and Andreas Weimann fired a shot through Wojciech Szczesny's grasp from 25 yards.

Wigan moved out of the bottom three and leapfrogged Reading with a convincing 3-0 win over the 10-man Royals in their relegation battle at the Madejski Stadium.

Roberto Martinez's men were second best early on but came to life in the last minute of the first half as Arouna Kone struck twice.

Maynor Figueroa grabbed the third early in the second period and things got even worse for the hosts when Pavel Pogrebnyak was sent off for a bad challenge on Figueroa.

Romelu Lukaku claimed both goals as West Brom overcame Sunderland 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

Moments after having a goal disallowed, the Belgian struck from the spot in the 35th minute after Craig Gardner was penalised for handling a cross from Liam Ridgewell.

Lukaku's second came in freak circumstances after he broke into the box and Simon Mignolet's attempted clearance cannoned off him into the net.

Stephane Sessegnon pulled one back 11 minutes from time and James McClean went close to grabbing a last-gasp equaliser but the Baggies held on.

Team Score Team
Reading 0 - 3 Wigan
West Brom 2 - 1 Sunderland
Norwich 2 - 1 Everton
QPR 0 - 2 Man Utd
Arsenal 2 - 1 A Villa
Fulham 1 - 0 Stoke City

Norwich staged a late fightback to beat Everton 2-1 with goals from Kai Kamara and Grant Holt in the final six minutes at Carrow Road.

Leon Osman headed Everton ahead six minutes before half-time from a Leighton Baines cross.

But the Canaries dealt Everton's Champions League hopes a blow as they fought to the end and were rewarded when Kamara headed in after a corner and Holt swept in from close range.

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov struck a stunning volley as Fulham beat Stoke 1-0 in the day's early kick-off.

The Bulgarian hooked a shot from a clearance into the top corner to put the hosts in front in first-half injury time at Craven Cottage.

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer denied Stoke a point when he saved a second-half penalty from Jonathan Walters.

  • Man United are aiming to go 15 points clear at the top as they visit QPR in one of today's Premier League games
  • Santi Cazorla gives Arsenal an early lead against Aston Villa as the Gunners try to bounce back from a terrible week
  • A stunning goal from Rafael silences Loftus Road and puts the leaders on track for three points
  • But there is a worry for the visitors in the first half as Robin van Persie had to go off injured
  • Peter Odemwingie is named on the bench for West Brom's clash with Sunderland - his first call-up since being disciplined for his Twitter rants
  • Romelu Lukaku's penalty puts the Baggies 1-0 up at the break
  • Maynor Figueroa celebrates Wigan's first goal in their crunch clash at Reading although it was given to Arouna Kone
  • Kone then grabs a second just before the interval to pile misery on Reading
  • At Carrow Road, Leon Osman celebrates after giving Everton the lead as the Toffees look to boost their top-four hopes
  • Trailing 3-0 in the second half, Reading's task is made even harder after Pavel Pogrebnyak is sent off
  • There could be more problems brewing for Arsenal after Andreas Weimann scores Aston Villa's equaliser
  • Lukaku nets again to double West Brom's lead against Sunderland
  • After being pegged back by Villa, Cazorla gets his second of the game late on to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory
  • Kei Kamara scored a late equaliser for Norwich before Grant Holt snatched a dramatic winner
  • Ryan Giggs' classy finish seals victory for Man United and they now 15 points clear at the top
  • Earlier, Dimitar Berbatov's glorious strike puts Fulham 1-0 up on Stoke on the stroke of half-time
  • It proved to be the only goal of the game at Craven Cottage...
  • Although Mark Schwarzer's penalty save certainly helped Fulham's cause
All the best pictures from Saturday's Premier League action, including Manchester United's trip to QPR.


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