LONDON – Manchester United moved up to third place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Sunderland, while West Brom stunned Southampton 1-0.
United had dominated the game but it took them 66 minutes to make the breakthrough, Wayne Rooney scoring from the penalty spot.
Radamel Falcao won it with a superb piece of skill in the box, and when John Oâ€™Shea brought him down, referee Roger East gave the penalty – correctly – but inexplicably sent Wes Brown off.
Rooney grabbed the second on 84 when Adnan Januzajâ€™s shot was parried by Costel Pantilimon and the United captain buried the rebound.
Sunderlandâ€™s poor run continues â€“ just one win in 10 matches now for Gus Poyetâ€™s men.
Southampton missed the chance to move into fourth place as they went down 1-0 at West Brom.
Saido Berahino scored a superb goal just two minutes in, but Saints â€“ and in particular Graziano Pelle â€“ will be kicking themselves that they did not at least take a point back down to the south coast.
Pelle contrived to miss the ball from a yard out from Ryan Bertrandâ€™s second-half cross, as the Italian strikerâ€™s woeful form in 2015 continues. Thatâ€™s three games without a win now for Southampton.
Burnley remain in deep trouble after going down 1-0 at home to Swansea. The Swans built on last weekâ€™s fine win over Manchester United with another three points, though the goal â€“ on 64 minutes – will not be on the Goals of the Season shortlist.
A corner was headed on by Bafetimbi Gomis, and in the ensuing scramble the ball came off a combination Jack Cork, Kieran Trippier and finally the luckless Burnley keeper Tom Heaton before bobbling apologetically into the net.
Burnleyâ€™s winless streak was extended to four games and they remain in the relegation zone.
Aston Villa slumped to their sixth straight league defeat â€“ and 11th game without a win â€“ after going down 1-0 at Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse scored the only goal on 37 minutes, superbly controlling Daryl Janmaatâ€™s cross with his left foot and firing home with his right past Brad Guzan to continue new Villa boss Tim Sherwoodâ€™s difficult start.
Peter Crouch scored a record-equalling 46th headed Premier League goal â€“ and the only goal of the game – as Stoke beat Hull City 1-0.
Crouch, who had only just come off the bench, headed home from Charlie Adamâ€™s cross on 71 minutes to seal the points for Mark Hughesâ€™ men and equal Alan Shearerâ€™s Premier League headed goals record.
In the early kick-off, Crystal Palace beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park, Glenn Murray scoring two goals and then being sent off.
All three of Palaceâ€™s goals came from set-pieces, Murray nodding in the first with the help of a deflection off Aaron Cresswell on 43, and Scott Dann then powered in the second with a header from a corner on 51.
Murray helped himself to his second on 63 from a Jason Puncheon free-kick, but was then sent off six minutes later for his second yellow card. Enner Valenciaâ€™s goal was the Hammerâ€™s only consolation.- TeamTalk