Top marks for United
The most open title race in recent memory took another turn when Manchester United became the third team in a week to lead the Premier League. Wayne Rooney scored all the goals in their 4-0 demolition of relegation-threatened Hull City.
Rooney became the first United player to get four in a match since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 5-1 thrashing of Everton in December 1999, and lifted the champions above Arsenal, who themselves had displaced Chelsea in midweek. Phil Brown, the Hull manager, said: "After what I've just witnessed, I'd have to say Rooney is one of the best players in the world."