29 Aug 2011

Man U and City rout rivals

9:18 am on 29 August 2011

The English Premier League champions Manchester United have swept to a magnificent 8-2 victory over 10-man Arsenal with a perfect response to Manchester City's 5-1 rout of Tottenham Horspur earlier this morning.

City had thrown down the gauntlet to United as Edin Dzeko scored four times against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but Sir Alex Ferguson's team emphasised their determination to hold onto the Premier League crown with a Wayne Rooney hat-trick in a sublime display at Old Trafford.

Newcastle scored a 2-1 win at home over Fulham, and Stoke beat West Brom 1-nil.