16 Oct 2011

Man City go top after United draw at Liverpool

8:28 am on 16 October 2011

Manchester City went top of English football's Premier League with a 4-1 home win over Aston Villa, after Manchester United dropped two points in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Chelsea beat Everton 3-1 to move to within a point of United in third place, while Liverpool stayed fifth.

City won with goals from Mario Balotelli, Adam Johnson, Vincent Kompany and James Milner against his former club and moved on to 22 points from their eight matches, two points clear of United who are on 20.

Both City and United have Champions League matches next week before meeting in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Monday week.

Steven Gerrard scored on his first start for seven months to put Liverpool ahead with a 68th minute free kick before substitute Javier Hernandez equalised for the champions with an 81st minute header five minutes after coming on.

Bolton Wanderers moved off the bottom of the table when they ended a run of six successive league defeats with a 3-1 win at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic.

Blackburn Rovers picked up only their fifth point of the season with a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers, who are still looking for their first home win.

Norwich City maintained their good start with a 3-1 win over Swansea City in a battle of two of last season's promoted teams at Carrow Road, while Stoke City beat Fulham 2-0 at the Britannia.