Man. Utd 4 Middlesborough 1
Wayne Rooney scored one goal and superbly set up another as Manchester United overwhelmed Middlesbrough to move to the top of the Premier League.
United went ahead on three minutes when Nani drove in a cracking shot from 30 yards but Jeremie Aliadiere soon equalised with a precise header. Nani robbed Stuart Downing and played in Rooney, to smash United’s second. After the break Carlos Tevez slotted in after a sublime Rooney back-heel and he added a fourth with a deflected shot. United scored four goals in a fourth successive game – the first time in 100 years they have done so.
They knew a win would see them overtake leaders Arsenal – at least until Sunday when the Londoners play Liverpool. And the hosts, who had Owen Hargreaves in their starting line-up for only the fourth time, wasted no time in setting about their task. [Read more…]