Manchester United ruthlessly ripped apart 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers to stroll to a 5-0 victory on Sunday and move four points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Newcastle United beat Norwich City 1-0 in the day’s other game, Papiss Cisse’s superbly taken early goal keeping the northeast club sixth in the table.
Manchester United also scored early through defender Jonny Evans and the floodgates opened following the sending off of Wolves defender Ronald Zubar before halftime.
Right winger Antonio Valencia netted the second and made the third for Danny Welbeck before the interval and Mexican Javier Hernandez struck twice to complete an emphatic victory.
United, knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday, went four points clear of Manchester City, who play their game in hand on their local rivals against Chelsea tomorrow. Wolves slipped to the bottom of the table on goal-difference.
“We’ve lost two of our last three games here and we looked at it as a tough match,” the champions’ manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.
“The performance wasn’t great, it was adequate, and the scoreline makes it looks like it was comprehensive, but our finishing was good. The number of goals was very -important and it could be significant by the end of season. We’ve got the goal-difference deficit with Manchester City down by five to three and we hope we can catch them up,” Ferguson said.
Evans tapped in from close range following a corner after 21 minutes and Zubar was booked for a reckless lunge on Rooney, only to make a similar challenge on Welbeck soon afterwards and earn his second yellow card.
Valencia, returning to the side after injury, sprinted clear down the right before clipping the ball sweetly into the far corner and the Ecuadorean set up Welbeck for a crisp low shot into the net.
United looked determined to improve their goal-difference and the unmarked Hernandez headed in Rafael’s teasing cross, before arriving late to lash home his second following more good work by Valencia.
Ferguson made three substitutions, but his team continued to dominate possession against their dispirited opponents, who conceded five goals for the third time in five games and face a desperate battle for survival under caretaker manager Terry Connor.
Newcastle went ahead after only 11 minutes against Norwich, Cisse steering the bouncing ball expertly into the net from a cross by Jonas Gutierrez.
Norwich rarely threatened to equalize and stayed 13th in the table, which was well clear of relegation in their first season back in the top flight.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given