Manchester City’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four were dainted earlier today after losing to struggling Hull City.
Goals from Jozy Altidore and George Boateng condemned Roberto Mancini’s side to a surprise defeat against a team who had gone eleven games without a win.
Emanual Adebayor pulled a goal back for the Manchester City but they failed to get an equalizing goal.
Manchester United moved to top spot after thrashing bottom of the table Portsmouth to make it an even more forgettable week for Pompey manager Avram Grant, after being exposed leaving a ‘seedy brothel’.
Three own goals and one each for Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov ensured a 5 – 0 scoreline for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Liverpool completed the double over arch-rivals Everton in a 1 – 0 win despite being down to ten men when defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos was sent off just before half time for a two footed challenge.
However, Dirk Kuyt’s close ranger header from a Steven Gerrard corner lifted the Anfield club into the top four.
Other top four contenders Tottenham and Aston Villa shared a point in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.
Brian Laws got his first win as Burnley boss beating West Ham 2 – 1 at Turf Moor and Sunderland are now eleven games without a win after they came back from a goal down to earn a point at home to Wigan.
Stoke beat Blackburn 3 – 0 to make it a bad day for Sam Allardyce’s men and Bolton and Fulham battled out a 0 – 0 draw at the Reebok Stadium.
In the Coca Cola Championship, West Brom stayed second by beating Plymouth 1 – 0 away from home and Nottingham Forest returned to winning ways beating Sheffield Wednesday 2 – 1 at the City Ground to keep immense pressure on the top two.
Wins for Swansea and Leicester placed them in the play-off positions and Reading boosted their chances of survival with a vital 2 – 1 win away at Doncaster.
A Lee Williamson injury time leveller rescued a point for Sheffield United against Derby.
Meanwhile in Coca Cola League One, all of the top three sides failed to win. Leaders Norwich lost 2 – 1 at Millwall, Leeds had to settle for a 2 – 2 draw at Hartlepool and Charlton grabbed a point away at play-off hopefuls Swindon.
In Coca Cola League Two, top of the table Rochdale kept up their promotion push thanks to a 2 – 0 win at home to Crewe.
Second placed Bournemouth were held at home to Cheltenham and Bury stayed third with a 1 – 0 away at Bradford.
FA Cup giant-killers Notts County continued their fine form beating Grimsby 1 – 0 to move up to fourth while Rotherham’s promotion hopes took a hitting losing 2 – 0 to bottom placed Darlington – just their fouth wn of the campaign.
It was cup action mainly in Scotland. Rangers were forced to settle for a replay after a goalless draw at St Mirren and Hibs thrashed Montrose 5 – 1.
A late equalizer for Aberdeen rescued them from a potential shock defeat against Raith Rovers in a 1 – 1 draw and Ross County gave their supporters a day to remember thrashing Stirling 9 – 0.