Norwich City (1-6) Manchester City
Title hopeful City easily demolished Norwich’s defense and ran out 6-1 winners at Carrow Road. They were the better side from the whistle, and it came as no amazement at all when they took the lead eighteen minutes in with former captain Carlos Tevez deafening a long-range effort past John Ruddy.
The visitors had already had two penalty petitions turned down by then. Tevez turned benefactor ten minutes later, back-heeling the ball to Sergio Aguero and sanctioning his countryman to finish first-time from just outside the box to make it 2-0.
Andrew Surman marked a short-term spell of Norwich recovery after halftime with an extraordinary long-range goal.
But it was not to be; the visitors soon regained control of the match through two quick goals from two Argentines again- Tevez and Aguero before the former completed his hat-trick by skirting Ruddy and gliding into an unoccupied net.
There was scope for a sixth goal, and Adam Johnson accomplished it, as Manchester City padlocked the gap at the top of the table to two points.
Manchester United (4-0) Aston Villa
Controversial penalty in the 7th minute set the Red Devils on their way to a 4-0 home win against Aston Villa.
The hosts needed three points to be ahead of Manchester City by five points following their cross-town rivals’ flattening of Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, and they obliged with a contented, poised and a relatively straightforward win.
Ex-Villa boy Ashley Young got his new team going, winning a 7th minute dubious penalty after blazing past Alan Hutton on the left.
Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the spot kick and fired past Shay Given into the left-bottom corner to give United the lead. He had seven shots from which three were on target.
Just before the half time some appalling Villa defending endorsed Danny Welbeck a tap-in at the far post, with Nathan Baker weirdly opting neither to clear Ashley Young’s low cross nor to preclude the young striker getting in behind him.
Even though the visitors did endeavor something resembling an attack or two in the second half, the next goal also went United’s way, Wayne Rooney accomplishing his fifth brace of the season regardless of an extraordinarily average recital via a hard rebound past given.
Nani who substituted Young in 61st minute, glided a shot past Shay Given in the 93rd minute after being unconfined down the right by Dimitar Berbatov.
The win means a fine, relaxed margin at the top of the Premier League table, and with four games to go, United need just eight points to secure the title.