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Rooney helps Man U beat Sheffield 2-1

Chelsea had a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Ham United, while Arsenal drew with Newcastle United by 1-1 on Saturday.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 23:05 IST
IANS STORIIndo-Asian News ServiceES
IANS STORIIndo-Asian News ServiceES

Wayne Rooney grabbed a brace as Manchester United came from a goal down to win 2-1 against Sheffield United and maintain their three-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the English Premiership.

Chelsea had a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal lost ground as they were held 1-1 at home by Newcastle United on Saturday.

At Bramall Lane, Keith Gillespie headed Sheffield United into a surprise lead after 12 minutes but that just awoke the beast in the visitors and Rooney equalised just before the half-hour mark.

Rooney then put Sir Alex Ferguson's side ahead with 16 minutes to go and United should have extended their lead only for Cristiano Ronaldo to put the ball over the bar from close range late on. The result left them on 34 points, three better than Chelsea.

"They were two marvellous finishes from Rooney," Ferguson said.

Chelsea were never at their best against West Ham but a superb free-kick from midfielder Geremi was enough to give them victory and stay in touch with United.

"It was a satisfactory performance because we beat a good team," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Thierry Henry came off the bench to cancel out Kieron Dyer's opener for Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium but Arsenal could not find a winner.

Portsmouth leapfrogged them into third after a 2-1 win over Watford, thanks to last-minute Lomano Lua Lua penalty, while Everton beat Bolton 1-0 and Reading beat Charlton 2-0.

Manchester City maintained their 100 percent home record as they beat Fulham 3-1 thanks to two goals from Bernado Corradi.

In the day's late game, Liverpool dominated possession against Middlesbrough against The Riverside but could not find a breakthrough and had to settle for a goalless draw, though the point ended a run of five straight defeats.

First Published: Nov 19, 2006 23:05 IST