x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Premier League round-up: All of Saturday's action

Sir Alex Ferguson marked his 25 years in charge of Manchester United with his side beating Sunderland, while Robin van Persie inspired Arsenal to victory against West Brom.

Sunderland's Ji-dong Won, in blue, jumps for the ball with Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic.
Sunderland's Ji-dong Won, in blue, jumps for the ball with Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic.

Newcastle United 2 Everton 1

Ryan Taylor blasted Newcastle United into second place in the Premier League as the Magpies extended their unbeaten start to 11 games.

Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0

Wes Brown, the former Manchester United defender, gifted Sir Alex Ferguson a 25th anniversary present with an own goal as Sunderland were beaten 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League at Old Trafford.

Ferguson walked onto the pitch through a guard of honour made up of players from both clubs and former Red Devils captain Steve Bruce, now manager of Sunderland, before chief executive David Gill revealed the north stand was being renamed in honour of their long-serving manager.

United struggled to establish themselves in the first half but took the lead in stoppage time as Brown deflected a corner into his own net under pressure from Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal 3 West Bromwich Albion 0

Arsenal's rejuvenation continued when in-form captain Robin van Persie led the Gunners to a fourth-straight league win as West Brom were brushed aside 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Holland striker – who smashed a hat-trick to help beat Chelsea last weekend – put Arsene Wenger's men ahead from close range after Theo Walcott's shot was saved by Ben Foster.

Thomas Vermaelen made it 2-0 five minutes before half time, lashing in Van Persie's cutback, and Mikel Arteta wrapped things up after more good work from the Arsenal captain on 74 minutes.

Aston Villa 3 Norwich City 2

Darren Bent struck twice as Aston Villa came from behind to beat Norwich 3-2 at Villa Park.

Anthony Pilkington had put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes with a fine 20-yard free-kick.

However, the lead did not last long as Agbonlahor's penetrating run and cross allowed Darren Bent to bundle home from close range on the half-hour

Villa turned the match around at the start of the second half after Agbonlahor (48) latched onto a poor backpass from Leon Barnett to beat goalkeeper John Ruddy.

The England forward then turned provider for Bent to net again just after the hour.

Steve Morison's header set up an anxious final 13 minutes for the hosts, but Villa closed out for all three points.

Liverpool 0 Swansea City 0

Liverpool were left frustrated as Swansea City battled to a point in a goalless clash at Anfield.

Dirk Kuyt thought he had snatched a late winner, only for assistant referee Sian Massey to make a fine offside call, while Michel Vorm made a fine reaction save from Glen Johnson to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

Blackburn Rovers 0 Chelsea 1

Petr Cech recovered from a nosebleed to produce a string of fine saves as Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners at Blackburn Rovers.

Cech needed lengthy treatment after colliding with Ashley Cole in the first half, but showed few ill effects to deny Grant Hanley and then Yakubu after Frank Lampard (51) had headed in Branislav Ivanovic's curling cross.

When Cech was beaten by a late header from Hanley, the ball came back off the crossbar.