London: Manchester United hung on to the top spot in the Premier League with late goals from Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo sealing a 2-0 victory at Reading on Saturday.

Champions United and Arsenal both have 54 points from 22 games with Chelsea on 50. Fourth-placed Liverpool, which plays at Aston Villa on Monday, is one of four clubs, including Villa, on 39 points.

The results: Birmingham 0 lost to Chelsea 1 (Pizzaro 79); Blackburn 1 (Derbyshire 75) drew with Middlesbrough 1 (Wheater 13); Fulham 0 lost to Arsenal 3 (Adebayor 19 & 38, Tomas Rosicky 81); Portsmouth 3 (Mwaruwari 38, 42, 55) bt Derby 1 (Nyatanga); Reading 0 lost to Manchester United 2 (Rooney 77, Ronaldo 90+3); Tottenham 2 (Lennon 2, Keane 90) bt Sunderland 0. — Agencies

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