Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City

Shinji Kagawa became the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League as his well-taken goals, along with one for Wayne Rooney, took United 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with Manchester City playing away at Aston Villa on Monday night.

Rooney, who started up top with leading scorer Robin van Persie, had a stellar game providing two assists and rounding off proceedings with a thunderous finish. Kagawa though was the undoubted star for a classy performance filled with some sublime finishing in front of goal.

Chelsea 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Demba Ba on his return to the Chelsea starting line-up scored the only goal of the game as his first-half strike was enough to see the Blues hold on to a narrow victory at home.

Playing without their lead striker Romelu Lukaku, West Brom did fashion a few chances but the Rafa Benitez's side saw off a nervy last few minutes to take three points that temporarily put them back into third place.

Following Benitez's outburst mid-week, there were banners mocking the Interim manager's status, but the protests quietened down once the game began.

Wigan Athletic 0-4 Liverpool

Luis Suarez's hat-trick saw Liverpool thump Wigan at the DW stadium, emerging victorious by four goals after Stewart Downing opened the scoring with a header in the second minute.

The win takes Liverpool 7th in the table and within three points of city rivals Everton. With the three goals, Suarez is now the leading scorer in the league with 21 goals, moving two ahead of Manchester United's Van Persie.

Everton 3-1 Reading

Everton eased to a comfortable home win against relegation threatened Reading with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas that saw them end a run of four league games without a win.

Everton dominated the game and though Hal Robson-Kanu grabbed one back for the Royals, it was merely a consolation strike.

Southampton 1-2 QPR

Harry Redknapp's campaign to keep QPR in the top flight received a much needed boost as Rangers came away from St. Mary's with a precious win in a relegation six-pointer.

Loic Remy returned to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in the last couple of games and gave QPR the lead. Gaston Ramirez then levelled for the Saints when Julio Cesar spilled Jay Rodriguez's shot on the stroke of half-time. Jay Bothroyd then popped up with the winner for QPR in the 74th minute tapping in a Park Ji-Sung cross.

Rangers are still bottom though three points off Reading in 19th place. Southampton remain 16th thanks to Wigan's loss against Liverpool.

Sunderland 2-2 Fulham

Sunderland fought back from two goals down to grab a point as their home game against Fulham ended 2-2.

Dimitar Berbatov gave Fulham the lead through a cooly taken penalty, passing the ball into net. Fulham then doubled their advantage through Sascha Riether, but Sunderland hit back immediately with a penalty of their own which Craig Gardner converted. Stephane Sessegnon, who put in a man of the match performance for the Black Cats, then scored the equaliser in the 70th minute, finishing off a move that he started and ended. 

Swansea 1-0 Newcastle United

Substitute Luke Moore's late strike gave League Cup champions Swansea City a narrow win over form team Newcastle United.

The 85th minute strike gave the Swans a hard-fought win in their return to league action after their demolition of Bradford in the Capital One Cup final last Sunday.

Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United

Substitute Jack Collison's goal in the dying minutes of the first-half was enough for West Ham to hold on for a rare away win in their clash against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Both teams had been struggling for form of late, whilst a West Ham win moves them level on points with Stoke on 33.

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

First-half goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon earned Andre Villas-Boas' side a 2-1 win over north London rivals, Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker pulled one back for the visitors to set up a tense finale but in truth, Spurs never looked like letting their lead slip and went on to claim all three points, lifting them to third in the Premier League table in the process.

 

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