United back to winning ways, Arsenal held

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Updated: November 25, 2012

Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over QPR in the first game under new coach Harry Redknapp. The victory took United back to the top of the table – at least until champions Manchester City play at Chelsea, in their first game under interim coach Rafa Benitez. United have 30 points from their 13 matches, followed by City (28), West Bromwich Albion (26) and Chelsea (24).

WBA, this season’s surprise package, moved two points clear of Chelsea with a 4-2 victory at Sunderland to record their fourth successive league win, giving them their best start to a season since 1953-54.

Fifth-placed Everton were minutes away from beating Norwich City but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after a late Sebastian Bassong header cancelled out Steven Naismith’s early opener.

Arsenal stayed sixth place after a tame 0-0 draw at Aston Villa who climbed out of the relegation zone into 17th place despite making little impact against a less than inspired Arsenal side.

Wigan Athletic beat fellow strugglers Reading 3-2 with a second-half hat-trick from Jordi Gomez and Stoke City edged Fulham 1-0 with a first-half goal from Charlie Adam.