Manchester United 5 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Pompey were under the cosh from virtually the first minute of the match, but just after the half hour Nadir Belhadj saw his effort cleared off the line by Evans. Manchester United waited until five minutes from the interval to breach the Pompey backline, Wayne Rooney continuing his spellbinding form to head home a Fletcher cross as the visitors’ defence went awol. United doubled their lead in injury time at the end of the half, Nani ran Vanden Borre ragged down the United left hand side and the full-back deflected the winger’s cross past James into the near post. After the break United went into overdrive, Michael Carrick saw a deflected shot loop over James for number three, and Dimitar Berbatov then got on the scoresheet with a gentle strike into the far corner. Dead and buried, Pompey’s misery continued when Marc Wilson turned an Evra cross into his own net.
Liverpool 1 – Everton 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The first half of the Merseyside derby was more about the bad tackles and the furious tempo rather than actual goal mouth chances, with the main talking point concerning the sending off of Kyrgiakos in a filthy challenge with Fellaini that should have seen the Belgian dismissed too. Gerrard, after falling all to easily, went close with a free-kick while Cahill sent a point-blank header over the bar at the other end. (First half highlights here.) Nine minutes after the break the 10-men of Liverpool struck as Dirk Kuyt was left unchallenged in the six yard box to head in a corner. Everton were impotent after falling behind and a disappointing day for the Toffees ended when Pineaar collected his second yellow at the death.
Hull 2 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) City fell behind at Hull just before the break, Jan Venegoor of Hesselink held the ball up brilliantly on the edge of the visitors’ box and teed up Jozy Altidore for his first Premier League goal into the bottom corner from 20 yards. The Tigers netted a crucial second at the start of the second half, Hunt’s corner was headed to the edge of the box by Toure and George Boateng cracked in a left-footed bullet past Given. The Citizens found a lifeline when Johnson’s corner wasn’t dealt with by the Hull defence and Emmanuel Adebayor claimed his second goal since returning from the African Cup of Nations.