Van Persie haunts Arsenal, City slip up
Robin Van Persie scored the only goal to sink his old club Arsenal and blast Manchester United back into the Premier League title race, giving David Moyes his biggest win yet as Red Devils manager.
Van Persie rose unchallenged to guide home Wayne Rooney's 27th-minute corner to spark jubilation at Old Trafford, and the result meant United have now closed to within five points of Arsenal, who suffered their first league defeat since the opening day of the season.
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley struck for the second time in five days to condemn Manchester City to a 1-0 loss, their fourth successive Premier League defeat on Wearside.
The full-back, who edged himself back into the affections of Black Cats fans with the opening goal in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Southampton, did it again to secure another 1-0 home win against City -- the same score as in the past three seasons.
Loic Remy's early strike sealed a hard-fought 1-0 victory for Newcastle against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but goalkeeper Tim Krul took the plaudits.
With all the pre-game talk about Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris missing out after being knocked unconscious at Everton last weekend, it was the Magpies' No. 1 who produced heroics to earn his side a 1-0 win.
Remy's well-taken strike in the 13th minute, his seventh goal in his last seven Premier League appearances, put the visitors ahead before his Dutch team-mate took centre stage, blocking Spurs at every turn.
Swansea suffered more stoppage-time agony as Charlie Adam's penalty earned Stoke a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland gave the visitors the half-time advantage, but Wilfried Bony got one back early in the second half before Nathan Dyer levelled and Bony struck his tenth goal of the season to put Swansea ahead with four minutes to go.
But Swansea, who had let leads slip in the dying moments of both Europa League meetings with Kuban Krasnodar, were denied when referee Robert Madley ruled that Wayne Routledge had handled a Ryan Shawcross header and Adam made no mistake from the spot.