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United back on top after beating QPR 3-1

Red Devils fight back to claim top spot against English Premiership cellar-dwellers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 2:27am

Manchester United fought back to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 yesterday, provisionally reclaiming top spot while condemning the bottom-placed team to the worst start any Premier League side has made after 13 games.

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp was watching from the stands at Old Trafford as Jamie Mackie gave the London club hope of a first win of the season by scoring the opener.

But United responded with three goals in less than 10 minutes. Jonny Evans pulled the hosts level before Darren Fletcher marked his first league start in a year with a goal and Javier Hernandez scored a third.

QPR have just four points.

West Bromwich Albion continued their superb start to the Premier League season with a 4-2 win at Sunderland yesterday.

Zoltan Gera's curling 25-yarder put the visitors ahead after half an hour's play at the Stadium of Light, before a fumble from Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet gifted Shane Long the Baggies' second.

Romelu Lukaku's 81st-minute penalty made it 3-1 after Craig Gardner had scored with a deflected free-kick, before Stephane Sessegnon brought Sunderland back into the game again with a late strike from close range.

However, Steve Clarke's men struck again in injury through substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune to secure a fourth straight win and move to within just two points of the summit.

In Liverpool, Sebastien Bassong headed a last-gasp equaliser as Norwich snatched a 1-1 draw against Everton in bruising game at Goodison Park.

Everton started superbly, taking the lead when Steven Naismith swept in from close range after 12 minutes.

But the Toffees' hopes of reaching the top four were again undermined as they switched off at a late free kick and Bassong headed past Tim Howard at the far post in the final minute. It was the fifth draw in seven games for David Moyes' side.

Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg

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