Sergio Aguero got two goals as Manchester City routed defending champion Manchester United 4-1 in English soccer’s Premier League today.
Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1 to top the standings, while Swansea had a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace and Tottenham won 1-0 at Cardiff. Tottenham is level on points with Arsenal and has an inferior goal difference.
Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also scored for City at its Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney got a late goal for United from a free kick.
“The whole match we had possession of the ball, and we had security in defense,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports. “This was a hard test today and the players had a great answer.”
Aguero opened the scoring in the 16th minute, volleying in from close range. Toure made it 2-0 following a corner just before halftime, and Aguero scored his second two minutes after the break.
United’s defense was in disarray in the face of the hosts’ rampaging forward line, and Nasri scored the fourth City goal three minutes later with a volley from Jesus Navas’s right-wing cross.
Both United and 2011-12 title-winner City were under new managers. Pellegrini succeeded Roberto Mancini and David Moyes followed in the footsteps of the retired Alex Ferguson, who’d been in charge since 1986.
Arsenal and Tottenham have 12 points from five games. Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have 10, followed by Everton (9) and Southampton (8). United, Swansea, Stoke, Hull and Newcastle have seven points.
Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna scored for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, Geoff Cameron getting Stoke’s goal. The Gunners led 2-1 at halftime.
Tottenham grabbed the winner through Paulinho in injury time at Cardiff, leaving the Welsh club 16th on five points.
Michu gave Swansea a 1-0 lead in the second minute at Palace and Nathan Dyer made it 2-0 soon after halftime. Palace is one place above bottom club Sunderland, which has just one point.
Yesterday, Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0, Liverpool lost 1-0 at home to Southampton, Hull had a 3-2 victory at Newcastle, and Aston Villa won 1-0 at Norwich. West Brom defeated Sunderland 3-0 and West Ham went down 3-2 at home to Everton.
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