Wayne Rooney was sent off in the second half as Manchester United were forced to cling on for a priceless 2-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.
Rooney opened the scoring in the fifth minute for a United side looking to bounce back from last week’s 5-3 loss at Leicester but his 59th minute dismissal for a needless foul on Stewart Downing almost cost them dear.
Robin van Persie had extended United’s lead in the 22nd minute but Diafra Sakho headed the Hammers back into the game in the 37th minute before Rooney’s moment of madness.
The visitors pushed forward in the closing stages and Kevin Nolan had the ball in the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
Phil Jagielka rifled a shot into the top corner in injury time to earn Everton a dramatic 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield to start the day’s action.
The hosts looked to have earned what would have been a deserved victory through Steven Gerrard’s 65th-minute free-kick – a record ninth Premier League goal in the fixture for the Reds captain.
But, with 91 minutes on the clock, Jagielka, who had not scored for Everton since April 2013, let fly with an effort that gave Simon Mignolet no chance.
It still leaves Everton without a victory at Anfield since 1999, but rarely will a point ever have felt so sweet.
Leaders Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge to strengthen their position at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho’s men needed just seven minutes to open the scoring when Oscar knocked home the rebound after Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan had deflected a Willian effort onto the bar.
Diego Costa fired his eighth goal of the season in the 59th minute then Willian got on the scoresheet 11 minutes from time to seal a comfortable victory.
Frank Lampard stepped up again to seal Manchester City’s 4-2 win at Hull despite a first half scare for the champions.
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