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Hernandez double keeps United on top

sports Updated: Feb 27, 2011 00:10 IST
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Mexico striker Javier Hernandez's double helped move Manchester United four points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

On a day when the five sides below United were not playing, including second-placed Arsenal, who face Birmingham City in the League Cup final on Sunday, United romped to victory at the DW Stadium.

Hernandez, preferred to Dimitar Berbatov up front, touched in Nani's cross at the near post to give United the lead on 17 minutes.

He slotted in his second 16 minutes from time after linking up with strike partner Wayne Rooney, who thumped in a third on 84. Defender Fabio Da Silva got the fourth.

With 11 matches to play, United have 60 points. Arsenal are on 56 while third-placed Manchester City, who host Fulham on Sunday, are on 49.

Wolverhampton Wanderers moved off the foot of the table and out of the bottom three by thrashing 10-man Blackpool 4-0 at Molineux. The Seasiders had leading scorer DJ Campbell sent off just before half-time.

In other games, Jermaine Beckford scored twice in Everton's 2-0 win at home to Sunderland and Ashley Young also netted two as Aston Villa won 4-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers, who had defender Ryan Nelsen sent off. Newcastle United and Bolton drew 1-1.