3 Feb 2013

United stretch lead in Premiership

12:40 pm on 3 February 2013

Manchester United stretched their lead at the top of the English Premier League to 10 points as Wayne Rooney scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Fulham.

United, hoping to exert even more pressure on second-placed Manchester City who host Liverpool Monday, laboured at times but Rooney's 79th-minute strike proved decisive.

United have 62 points from 25 games with champions City on 52, having played one game less.

Chelsea surrendered another three points in their quest for a top-four finish as Newcastle United's new signing Moussa Sissoko struck in the last minute to grab a 3-2 win at St James Park.

Chelsea are third, 13 points behind Manchester United.

With fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in action Monday against West Brom, Everton had the chance to move above them but drew 3-3 at home to struggling Aston Villa.

Lukas Podolski scored in the 78th minute to hand Arsenal a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City, a result that helped the Gunners close in on the Champions League qualification places.

At the bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers drew nil-all with Norwich City at Loftus Road.

QPR's fourth league draw in a row meant they are now six points from safety after Reading beat Sunderland 2-1.

Southampton drew 2-2 at Wigan Athletic, meaning none of the six sides at the bottom of the table before kickoff lost.

West Ham United beat Swansea City 1-0 thanks to a goal from on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.