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International Soccer - England

Early burst pushes United past Fulham

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Manchester United turned out a performance at Craven Cottage on Saturday that could kick-start the club's season as the Red Devils ran out to a 3-1 defeat of Fulham.

The reigning Premier League champions were firmly in the driver's seat with three goals in the opening 22 minutes, and they entered cruise control in the second half to close out the match with relative ease despite a 65th-minute goal from the Cottagers.

The win sees United stretch its unbeaten run in Premier League play to four games to bring the club up to 17 points on the season. Fulham drops its second consecutive league match after falling to Southampton, 2-0, last time out, keeping the club on 10 points.

David Moyes' side opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Wayne Rooney drew Maarten Stekelenburg off his line and unselfishly squared the ball for Antonio Valencia to hammer home into the empty net.

United were two goals to the good by the 20th minute after Robin van Persie latched on to a well-weighted through ball from Adnan Januzaj and fired his shot into the roof of the net.

The Dutchman then turned provider two minutes later, getting on the end of another splitting pass in space before centering a pass for Rooney to tuck home from close range.

Fulham pressed in the second half and eventually grabbed a goal when Alexander Kacaniklic's shot took a deflection on its way past David De Gea, but it proved to be nothing more than a moment of consolation as United marched on to collect all three points.

Manchester City 7, Norwich City 0

Manchester, England - Manchester City bounced back from a loss to Chelsea last time out by rolling to a 7-0 demolition of Norwich City at the Etihad on Saturday.

An own goal from Bradley Johnson handed the Citizens the lead in the 16th minute and David Silva doubled City's advantage three minutes later, while Matija Nastasic nodded home a corner kick in the 25th minute and Alvaro Negredo turned in a close chance in the 36th to send City into halftime with a four-goal lead.

The second half was much of the same as Yaya Toure curled home a superb free kick in the 59th minute while Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko added a goal apiece to complete the rout.

City improves to 19 points to climb up to fourth place in the English top flight while Norwich's three losses from its last four outings leave the club third from bottom on eight points.

Newcastle 2, Chelsea 0

Newcastle, England - Newcastle ended Chelsea's four-game Premier League winning streak on Saturday by earning a 2-0 victory over the Blues at St. James' Park.

The Magpies staved off some pressure from the visitors to make it into the halftime interval level before pouncing on the Blues in the 68th minute thanks to Yoan Gouffran's header from Yohan Cabaye's free kick. Loic Remy made sure of the victory one minute from time when he slammed a shot off the inside of the post and into the back of the net.

Newcastle improves to 14 points on the season, six points back of third-place Chelsea.

Arsenal 2, Liverpool 0

Sunderland, England - Arsenal extended its lead atop the Premier League table on Saturday, capitalizing on Chelsea's loss to move five points clear of Liverpool thanks to a 2-0 defeat of the Reds at the Emirates.

Santi Cazorla opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 19th minute when his header came back off the post and sat kindly, allowing the Spanish midfielder to slam home the rebound.

Aaron Ramsey extended Arsenal's lead in the 58th minute, continuing his rich vein of form by smashing a half-volley past Simon Mignolet from distance.

Stoke City 1, Southampton 1

Stoke-on-Trent, England - Stoke City and Southampton exchanged first-half goals to split the points in a 1-1 draw at the Britannia on Saturday.

Asmir Begovic opened the scoring in the first minute when the wind carried a clearance from his own penalty area and took it over the head of Artur Boruc, a goal that sees the Stoke City 'keeper become the club's joint top-scorer this season.

But the Saints managed to equalize three minutes before the break when Jay Rodriguez got on the end of a ball into the box and headed the delivery into the far corner.

West Bromwich 2, Crystal Palace 0

West Bromwich, England - West Bromwich Albion scored late in both halves to cruise to a 2-0 defeat of lowly Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Palace thought it had done enough to make it to the halftime interval level with the home side, but Saido Berahino struck in the 44th minute with his second league goal of the campaign.

Gareth McAuley made sure of the win late on, scoring in the 82nd minute to secure West Brom's third victory of the season.

Hull City 1, Sunderland 0

Hull, England - It was a bad at the office for Sunderland as a pair of red cards and an own goal saw the Black Cats drop a disappointing 1-0 loss to Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Carlos Cuellar's own goal in the 25th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides after Sunderland was reduced to nine men with dismissal's to Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena for harsh challenges in first-half stoppage time.

Sunderland stays second from bottom on four points while Hull City improves to 14 points.

West Ham 0, Aston Villa 0

London, England - There was nothing between West Ham and Aston Villa at Upton Park on Saturday as the two clubs played to a 0-0 draw.

Christian Benteke had the best chance of the night when his header came back off the crossbar in the 71st minute, leaving both sides to settle for a point.

West Ham has drawn two straight Premier League matches to climb to 10 points as it stays one point back of Villa.

11/02 15:44:30 ET

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