Manchester United received a luxurious boost in their title defence after a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Dutchman and ex-Gunner Robin van Persie was the difference maker in the late Sunday clash between the two clubs who are both challenging for the Premier League trophy.

The 30-year-old found the back of the net against his former club with a 27th minute header from Wayne Rooney's corner. 

Victory over the Gunners saw David Moyes' side fly up the table to fifth, one position off the Champions League spots which are being occupied currently by opponents Arsenal, rivals Chelsea and high-flyers Southampton.

United are five points adrift of the Gunners, who remain top of the table by a two-point margin due to recent upsets inflicted upon Chelsea - who drew 2-2 at home to West Brom on Saturday afternoon - and Manchester City - who fell to defeat at the Stadium of Light to Sunderland - before Tottenham were beaten at home to Newcastle.

Controversial defeats to such teams saw a shift in the top half of the table with Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton all dropping down a place and Southampton overtaking Chelsea in the Champions League spots.

Moyes has had pressure on his shoulders throughout his reign as manager of the Red Devils after stepping into the position at the end of the last season, but undoubtedly the Scotsman has dealt with the pressure magnificently, with his side stringing together a good run of performances which have seen United climb up the Premier League table.

The Reds have had a slow start to the season which saw the club replaced as title favourites by Arsenal, who have had, arguably, their best start to a season in a long while.

Could United's victory over the Gunners spark hope in Moyes' camp that a possibility of regaining the title remains on the cards?

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