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Manchester United Ties for Premier League Lead; Tottenham Draws

Paul Scholes scored six days after coming out of retirement to help Manchester United beat Bolton 3-0 and move into a tie with first-place Manchester City in English soccer’s Premier League.

Tottenham missed a chance to join United and City at the top of the standings by drawing 1-1 at home with Wolverhampton.

Blackburn beat Fulham 3-1 to move out of last place, Chelsea defeated Sunderland 1-0 and Norwich won 2-1 at West Brom. Aston Villa and Everton tied 1-1, while Liverpool and Stoke finished 0-0.

Scholes scored at Old Trafford along with Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick as Manchester United ended a two-game losing streak in the league. United and Manchester City have 48 points before City’s game at last-place Wigan in two days.

United’s Wayne Rooney missed a first-half penalty kick before Scholes scored in stoppage time. The former England midfielder, 37, ended an eight-month retirement to rejoin United for the rest of the season.

Welbeck made it 2-0 in the 74th minute and Carrick closed the scoring 9 minutes later.

Third-place Tottenham has 46 points after rallying against Wolves at White Hart Lane. Steven Fletcher opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, before Luka Modric pulled Spurs even 6 minutes after halftime.

Goal Difference

Ten-man Blackburn moved not only out of last place, but also out of the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings. Rovers climbed to 17th in the 20-team league with 17 points, ahead of Queens Park Rangers on a superior goal difference.

Blackburn was reduced to 10 men in the 23rd minute when Ayegbeni Yakubu was red-carded for a challenge on Danny Murphy. Morten-Gamst Pedersen then gave Rovers the lead with a free kick in first-half stoppage time.

After David Dunn doubled the lead in the first minute of the second half, Damien Duff pulled Fulham a goal back. Mauro Formica then clinched victory in the 79th minute.

Fourth-place Chelsea pulled within six points of Tottenham with its home win over Sunderland. Frank Lampard scored as the Blues ended Sunderland’s four-match unbeaten run.

Steve Morison broke a 1-1 tie with a header in the 79th minute as Norwich extended West Brom’s winless run at home to five games. Victor Anichebe’s goal in the 69th minute canceled out an earlier score from Darren Bent and gave Everton the away tie at Aston Villa.

Liverpool’s struggles at home continued with its goalless draw with Stoke. The Reds have tied seven of their 11 matches at Anfield this season.

Newcastle hosts QPR and Arsenal visits Swansea in tomorrow’s games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

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