Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

Rooney double timely for Chosen One

Associated Press | Manchester | Posted: March 30, 2014 3:19 am | Updated: March 30, 2014 5:29 pm

Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United came from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday as fans came out in support of struggling manager David Moyes at Old Trafford.

The start of the game had fans looking to the sky when a much-publicised plane flew overhead with a banner emblazoned with “Wrong One — Moyes Out”. Just one person, who said he is a United fan, has claimed responsibility with no supporters’ groups backing the protest. In fact, fans inside the ground were supportive from the start for Moyes, booing as the plane flew overhead.

It looked like being another miserable day for Moyes when Ashley Westwood put Villa in front from a 13th-minute free kick. But Rooney headed United level seven minutes later and the striker netted his 16th of the season for the struggling champions from the penalty spot before halftime.

The lead was extended in the 57th when Juan Mata scored his first United goal since joining from Chelsea in January for 37.1 million pounds, and substitute Javier Hernandez wrapped up the victory in stoppage time.

Leaders Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday to leave Manchester City firmly in the driving seat to win the Premier League title as they battled to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the late kickoff.

Chelsea sank to their first defeat by Palace in 24 years after captain John Terry headed a Joel Ward cross into his own goal. David Silva opened the scoring for City in the 18th minute before Mathieu Flamini equalised soon after the break to earn a point for Arsenal.

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