Wayne Rooney was on target twice in the same game for the Red Devils as they saw off Aston Villa 3-1 at Old Trafford, and keep the 5points lead intact on Arsenal. It took 11 months for Rooney to score twice in the same game, and a game where Berbatov did not manage to score any.
It took Rooney only 50 seconds to find the net, as he collected a long clearance from Van Der Sar, and unleashed a shot past Friedel. It seemed Rooney was giving an answer to Sir Alex’s faith in him, as Chicharito, despite scoring in the past games for United, was again left on the bench, and Rooney was given the start. Bent threatened at the other end for Villa, but United looked the better team and eventually were rewarded with a second at half-time, as Nani’s pass found him for a simple tap-in to double the lead.
But United were in for a scare in the second half, as first Ashley Young came close, and then Bent made United pay the price for slack defending as he managed to find the net on the 58th minute and Albrighton gave the home fans some scare with a long range effort as Villa tried to level matters. But Vidic came to the rescue to finally put the game to rest, as he played a one-two with Rooney, and eventually drilled home from 18 yards to give United a 2-goal cushion. Berbatov should have scored in the dying minutes, but somehow his shot went over, and Rooney was denied his hat-trick by Friedel in the action which followed.
In other games, Arsenal came back to see off Everton on a 2-1 scoreline at the Emirates to keep the pressure on United, while Chelsea won comfortably without Torres at Sunderland, 4-2 the score for the Blues, and West Brom and Wigan drew 2-2.