VIDEO: United bury Wigan as Rooney reaches 101 great goals; Arsenal waltz past pointless Pompey; Man City edge Wolves; Rovers fall in Sunderland comeback

Wigan 0 – Manchester United 5 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the DW Stadium, Wayne Rooney headed his 100th Manchester United goal on 56 minutes from a Valencia cross. Dimitar Berbatov then juggled his way through the Latics defence to add number two before Rooney saw a shot deflect into the near post to end a devastating nine minute spell. Michael Owen came off the bench to open his United account with a sweet left-footed finish, while Luis Nani curled home an injury time free-kick to wrap up the comfortable second half performance.

Wayne Rooney’s post match interview can be seen here.

Arsenal 4 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) As expected Arsenal did break down the Pompey defence in the first-half, the goalscorer may not have been so easily predicted though. Abou Diaby smashed home the first after great work from Eduardo and then Diaby added the second following a fine flowing move. Pompey did manage to pull one back before the break, Younes Kaboul scoring their first goal of the season. Five minutes after the break Arsenal’s two-goal cushion was restored through William Gallas who claimed his third in three games of the new season. On 68 minutes Aaron Ramsey claimed the fourth following a great through ball from RVP.

Arsene Wenger’s thoughts on beating Portsmouth can be seen here.

Manchester City 1 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) Emmanuel Adebayor continued his excellent start to the season with his first at Eastlands after being touched in by Tevez.

Sunderland 2 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) Gael Givet fired Blackburn into the lead at the Stadium of Light just after the twenty minute mark. After a poor defensive effort at the back for Rovers to cut out a long ball failed, Kenwyne Jones ran through to bring Sunderland level at the break. Kenwyne Jones then proved the match winner in the second half heading home an inch-perfect cross from Lee Cattermole.

Hull 1 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) The Tigers brand new forward line combined to chalk up Hull’s first win of the season, Jozy Altidore hooked a pass through to Algerian forward Kamel Ghilas to slot home the winner.

Birmingham 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen produced a superb second-half save from Garry O’Connor’s effort to deny Birmingham their second home win of the season.


West Brom 2 – Ipswich 0 (Championship, August 22, 2009) Congolese midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu fired West Brom into the lead over Roy Keane’s Ipswich after the Tractor Boys had cleared a corner off the line. Robert Koren doubled the Baggies lead finishing a clinical attack in the 28th minute.

QPR 1 – Nottingham Forest 1 (Championship, August 22, 2009) Mikele Leigertwood scored on 26 minutes with a left-footed shot from 30 yards that flew past former QPR goalkeeper Lee Camp and into the corner of the net. Forest equalised 12 minutes into the second half as David McGoldrick sneaked between defenders Borrowdale and Kaspars Gorkss to fire home.

Leeds 3 – Tranmere 0 (League One, August 22, 2009) Simon Grayson’s men took charge in the first half as Bradley Johnson and Jermaine Beckford found the net. The win for Leeds, which sealed a club record equalling thirteen-in-a-row, was sealed late on through Luciano Becchio.