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United come from behind to salvage a draw

sports Updated: Nov 13, 2010 23:43 IST
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Manchester United scored twice in the last nine minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday just when they looked to be heading for their first Premier League defeat of the season.

Substitute Federico Macheda and defender Nemanja Vidic cancelled out Villa's lead, established by an Ashley Young penalty and a Marc Albrighton tap-in with 14 minutes to play in the match.

Tottenham Hotspur were the highest scorers as they ended a four-match run without a League win, thumping Blackburn Rovers 4-2 at White Hart Lane with Gareth Bale scoring twice on his 100th League appearance in the sport.

Manchester City's title ambitions faltered with a second successive goalless draw at home where they were held by Birmingham City, three days after being held by the same score there by Manchester United.

League leaders Chelsea, three points ahead of United at the top of the table, can stretch that gap to six points if they beat Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Wilkins leaves Chelsea

Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has left the club with immediate effect, the Premier League champions announced on Thursday.

"On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank Ray for everything he has done for Chelsea Football Club. We all wish him well for the future," Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on the club's website.

No reason was given for the sudden departure of Wilkins, a former Chelsea player and England international.

It is not certain as to who will replace him in the side for the remainder of the season.