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Published on Jan 31, 2013
 

Manchester United go seven points clear as Chelsea stumble

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney's double helped Manchester United restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Southampton took a shock third minute lead when Michael Carrick's poor back-pass left David de Gea in trouble, with Jay Rodriguez dispossessing the goalkeeper before rolling the ball into the net.

However, United were only behind for five minutes with Rooney equalising after the England striker was played in by Shinji Kagawa.

And Rooney made it 2-1 in the 27th minute after a Robin van Persie free-kick was headed back across goal by Patrice Evra.