Chelsea stumbles to share points against Reading;Arsenal, Liverpool play out a 2-2 draw
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.
Southampton took a shock third minute lead when Michael Carrick’s poor back-pass saw Jay Rodriguez dispossess United goalkeeper David de Gea before he rolled the ball into the net.
However, United were only behind for five minutes with Rooney equalising after he was played in by Shinji Kagawa.
The England striker made it 2-1 from a yard out in the 27th minute after a Robin van Persie free-kick was headed back across goal by Patrice Evra.
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 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.
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.
Defensive mistakes by the Gunners led to Liverpool goals for Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson.
But within a few minutes of Henderson’s goal on the hour, Arsenal were level.
Olivier Giroud headed in Jack Wilshere’s free-kick and the Frenchman then turned provider for Theo Walcott, who equalised with a powerful shot.
Tottenham remained fourth thanks to Gareth Bale’s superb leveller in a 1-1 draw away to Norwich.
The Canaries 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 while Fulham beat London rivals West Ham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.AFP