Manchester United increased their lead over local rivals Manchester City to 4 points with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side never looked in doubt after Jonny Evans turned in a corner that was woefully defended in the 21st minute. Ronald Zubar was sent off 5 minutes before half time for the hosts who have now conceded 19 goals in their last 5 games.
Antonio Valencia marked his return with the second goal of the game shortly after Wolves went down to 10 men, before Danny Welbeck completed the first half route in the 45th minute. Javier Hernandez bagged a second half brace that takes Manchester United’s goal difference to +46; 3 behind Manchester City.
Paul Scholes completed 98% of his 98 pass attempts in this game, with the majority (73%) of them going square. But it was Antonio Valencia who put in a standout performance in this game, scoring 1 goal and creating 2 on his return. The Ecuadorian winger created 7 chances for his team mates throughout the 90 minutes that he played.
Wayne Rooney could only force one save out of Wayne Hennessey as the in-form striker failed to find the back of the net for the first time in his last five Premier League appearances. Javier Hernandez increased his tally to 10 on the season with two neat finishes into the roof of the net.
Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans combined to make 11 clearances in the centre of the Manchester United defence. Steven Fletcher looked like Wolves’ only threat going forward with a couple of headed attempts on goal. Ultimately though, David de Gea was comfortable in keeping his seventh Premier League clean sheet of the season.
Manchester City host Chelsea to night in the battle of the Roberto’s as Mancini looks to maintain his side’s 100% win record at the Etihad this season and Di Matteo heads into the match aiming to keep his 100% winning start as caretaker manager.
Manchester United host Fulham next Monday, after Manchester City have already played at Stoke on Saturday.
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