“Rooney scoring both and boy what an unbelievable goal the first one was."
Oscar scored a brace, as league leaders Chelsea demolished Arsenal 6-0 in the English Premier League. Samuel Eto’o, André Schürrle, Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah were also on target for The Blues.
Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick for Liverpool who stay in second place after a 6-3 win over Cardiff City. Manchester City climbed to third in the table as Yaya Touré scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Fulham.
Tottenham Hotspur defeated Southampton 3-2, with a stoppage time goal to go fifth in the Premier League.
Everton remained in sixth place after a 3-1 win at Goodison Park versus Swansea City. Wayne Rooney scored twice for Manchester United as they beat West Ham United 2-0 away from home.
Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 – 12.45pm KO, Saturday
Arsène Wenger celebrated his 1000th game in charge of Arsenal, but Chelsea rained on his parade by thrashing their title rivals 6-0.
Arsenal were all over the place in the early exchanges and just with five minutes on the clock, Samuel Eto’o finished off a quick counter attack to put the hosts ahead.
Two minutes late, another counter split the Gunners open and it was André Schürrle with the finish this time.
In the 15th minute, Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain committed a hand ball in the box. The referee mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs for this offence. Eden Hazard made it 3-0 from the resultant spot kick.
Just before half time Oscar hit the net to give Chelsea a 4-0 lead. Oscar and Mohammad Salah scored in the second half rounding off a ruthless Chelsea performance.
Arsenal boss, Arsène Wenger took responsibility for the defeat and said: “This is my fault. We got a good hiding. You don’t prepare all week to experience that.”
Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Liverpool beat Cardiff City 6-3 and still trail Chelsea by four points with a game in hand. A nervy start by the visitors saw Cardiff City take the lead in the 9th minute through Jordon Mutch.
The SAS brigade had other thoughts, as usual. Up stepped Luis Suárez to notch the equaliser seven minutes later. A wobbly Liverpool conceded another goal in the 25th minute before Martin Škrtel equalised sixteen minutes later.
The visitors came out stronger in the second half and took the lead for the first time, as Škrtel scored his second goal of the game. On the hour mark, Suárez scored again as Liverpool went 4-2 up.
With fifteen minutes to go, Daniel Sturridge got into the act as Liverpool took a 5-2 lead. A lapse in defending two minutes from the end let Cardiff in again on 88 minutes, before Luis Suárez completed his hat-trick in the 90th minute to end the match 6-3.
Delighted with the scoreline, an excited Liverpool fan tweeted: “Liverpool making us dream again.”
Luis Suárez has now equalled Robbie Fowler’s twenty-eight goal record during a Premier League season.
Manchester City 5 Fulham 0 – 3pm KO, Saturday
There was never a doubt as to who was going to win this contest; rather a question of how many Manchester City were going to win by.
Yaya Touré began proceedings by converting a penalty in the 26th minute to send City into the break 1-0 up. Touré scored another penalty ten minutes into the second half to make it 2-0. And just after the hour mark, the Ivorian footballer completed a fantastic hat-trick.
In the last six minutes, Fernandinho and Demichelis scored a goal each to complete a resounding 5-0 win against struggling Fulham.
West Ham United 0 Manchester United 2 – 5.30pm KO, Saturday
A wonder strike by Wayne Rooney from just inside West Ham’s half in the 8th minute stunned West Ham United.
The goal set United on their way and subdued any plans that West Ham may have had. Goal threats by the home side were few and far between, but any attempts of a comeback ended when a poor defensive clearance saw the ball land at Rooney’s feet for him to get his brace.
West Ham United went in half time 2-0 behind. Both teams failed to threaten in the second half as Manchester United comfortably saw the game through to clinch three valuable points.
An overjoyed Manchester United fan on Facebook said: “Rooney scoring both and boy what an unbelievable goal the first one was. Shades of David Beckham.”
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Southampton 2 – 1:30pm KO, Sunday
England hopefuls Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana stunned the home side as Southampton went 2-0 up within the half hour.
Christian Eriksen pulled one back just before the break to give the hosts some hope. The Saints inability to hang on to a healthy lead was evident as Eriksen struck again a minute into the second half. With the scores level, it was game on at this stage.
The game seemed to be heading for a draw until Gylfi Sigurdsson struck in the 90th minute to clinch the points for Spurs and keep them in the hunt for a European place.
Elsewhere, Everton’s impressive home form continued as they defeated Swansea City 3-2. Hull City beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0. Aston Villa were humbled at home, losing 4-1 to an impressive Stoke City. Crystal Palace’s relegation fears deepened as they lost 1-0 at Newcastle United.