Sir Alex Ferguson hailed "a good day" for Manchester United: three points, defeats for their main title rivals and Wayne Rooney back in action for the first time since signing a new contract.
Headed goals by Patrice Evra, his first since April 2007, and substitute Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez secured a 2-0 victory over Wigan at Old Trafford to leave Ferguson satisfied - especially with Chelsea and Arsenal suffering losses.
"It has been a good day for us, no question of that," said Ferguson.
"If you had said at the start of the day would you take being joint top of the league, I would have said 'yes'.
"We know that come the second half of the season we will definitely get better and now we are joint top with Chelsea."
Rooney made his first appearance since the contract saga that saw the England striker threaten to leave before signing a new five-year deal - and he came off the bench after 57 minutes mainly to cheers although there were some jeers too.
Ferguson added: "That [the reception] was good - that will be pleasing for him, settle him down and make him realise he is at the right club, no doubt about that.
"It was a quiet comeback, he got involved in a few of the bits of interplay but in the main he just needed that 25 minutes or so.
"He will play against Rangers on Wednesday and that will be the perfect match for him to come back and get 90 minutes."
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