Rooney stars in Man Utd's win over Tottenham

Captain Rooney on the score-sheet as United win 3-0; Chelsea held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton.

    United scored all three goals in the first half [Getty Images]
    United scored all three goals in the first half [Getty Images]

    Wayne Rooney scored a superb solo goal, and produced just as good a celebration, as Manchester United convincingly beat Tottenham 3-0 in the Premier League to open up a six-point gap between the teams in the race for Champions League qualification.

    After dribbling his way through Tottenham's fragile defence to score United's third goal in the 34th minute, Rooney celebrated by shaping a series of boxing punches before falling over on his back.

    Goals by Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick put United 2-0 ahead after 19 minutes at Old Trafford.

    Chelsea held

    Earlier, Chelsea opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw against top-four hopefuls Southampton.

    Diego Costa opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 11th minute with a close-range header but Southampton deservedly equalised eight minutes later through Dusan Tadic's fortuitous penalty.

    Southampton dominated for much of the opening period but Chelsea asserted their authority after the break with Costa clipping the post while John Terry was denied in a frantic finish.

    Chelsea lead second-placed Manchester City, who were beaten 1-0 by struggling Burnley on Saturday, with a game in hand while Southampton are sixth, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

    Results:

    Chelsea 1-1 Southampton

    Everton 3-0 Newcastle

    Man Utd 3-0 Tottenham

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.