Chelsea preserve lead, Wayne Rooney sees red card in Manchester United win

Premier League leaders Chelsea conserved their three-point advantage by beating Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday, while Wayne Rooney was sent off as Manchester United edged West Ham United.

AFP| Updated: Sep 27, 2014, 22:18 PM IST
Chelsea preserve lead, Wayne Rooney sees red card in Manchester United win

London: Premier League leaders Chelsea conserved their three-point advantage by beating Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday, while Wayne Rooney was sent off as Manchester United edged West Ham United.

Having drawn 1-1 at champions Manchester City last weekend, Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season with a straightforward win over Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Oscar gave Chelsea the lead in the seventh minute when he steered home a cut-back from Brazilian countryman Willian, who had seen his initial shot parried by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Diego Costa added a second goal just before the hour, glancing a header past Guzan from Cesar Azpilicueta`s cross to take his tally to eight goals in his first six Premier League games.

The Brazil-born Spain striker also played a role in Chelsea`s third goal with a shot that Guzan could only push straight at Villa defender Aly Cissokho, enabling Willian to stab home from close range.

Southampton remain Chelsea`s closest rivals after winning 2-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers, with Ryan Bertrand and Graziano Pelle finding the net either side of a Charlie Austin effort.

United climbed six places to seventh, eight points below Chelsea, after seeing off West Ham 2-1 at Old Trafford, but their victory was overshadowed by the red card shown to captain Rooney for violent conduct.

Injury problems forced United manager Louis van Gaal to give a debut to 19-year-old centre-back Paddy McNair, but they took a fifth-minute lead when Rooney swept home from 15 yards after being teed up by Rafael da Silva.

Radamel Falcao set up Robin van Persie to rattle in United`s second goal mid-way through the first half, but Diafra Sakho reduced the arrears for West Ham by nodding in after Enner Valencia`s header hit the bar.

Rooney was shown a straight red card in the 59th minute for kicking out at the fleeing Stewart Downing -- his first club dismissal since March 2009 -- but United`s 10 men held on to secure victory.Manchester City withstood a fightback by Hull City to record a 4-2 win at the KC Stadium that saw them climb to third place.

With Willy Caballero preferred to Joe Hart in goal by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, the visitors went 2-0 up through a hooked finish from Sergio Aguero and a fine 22-yard strike by Edin Dzeko.

However, a pair of blunders by City`s new centre-back Eliaquim Mangala allowed Hull back into the game.

The France international headed Liam Rosenior`s cross into his own net in the 21st minute and then conceded a penalty with a high boot on Abel Hernandez, who converted from 12 yards to level the scores.

But after Yaya Toure had hit the post, David Silva released Dzeko to restore City`s lead in the the 68th minute before substitute Frank Lampard claimed his fourth goal in three games late on.

Earlier, Everton captain Phil Jagielka scored a sensational 92nd-minute equaliser to earn his team a 1-1 draw against derby rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard had put Liverpool ahead with a second-half free-kick, but he was upstaged in injury time when his former England colleague Jagielka drove an exquisite half-volley into the top-right corner from 25 yards.

"It has been a frustrating season so far, so to go 1-0 down and keep knocking at the door showed tremendous character. We need to keep showing character," Jagielka told BT Sport.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose side are without a win in three league games, said: "We were clearly the dominant side in the game, but sometimes you don`t get what you deserve in football."

Quick-fire second-half goals from Fraizer Campbell and Mile Jedinak gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at home to Leicester City, while Angel Rangel was sent off for two yellow cards as Swansea City drew 0-0 at Sunderland.

Saturday`s action concludes with another local derby, as Tottenham Hotspur cross north London to tackle arch rivals Arsenal.