Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and Swansea star Michu moved level with Newcastle's Dembe Ba in the race to win the Premier League Golden Boot, with both players netting on Saturday.

Van Persie scored his sixth league goal since leaving Arsenal to join Manchester United in August, with the Dutchman netting in the 4-2 defeat of Stoke City at Old Trafford.

Michu, meanwhile, continued his fine start to life in English football having moved to the Liberty Stadium during the summer transfer window, with his goal in Swansea's win over Wigan his seventh in all competitions this season.

Ba had the opportunity move ahead of Van Persie and Michu when Newcastle met Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, but was unable to find the net in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

The Senagal international is now without a goal in his last two Premier League outings, but retains his place at the top of the charts after eight rounds of fixtures this season.

There is a four-way tie for second position in the Golden Boot race, with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, Sunderland ace Steven Fletcher and Liverpool star Luis Suarez all with five goals.

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