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Man United humble Arsenal 8-2, City rout Spurs

08-29-2011 15:00 BJT

LONDON - Manchester United and Manchester City left their tortured opponents and the English Premier League in no doubt they are the teams to beat this season after hugely confident demolitions of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney reacts after their English Premier League soccer match
against Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Aug 28, 2011.
[Photo/Agencies]

Champions United battered a depleted Arsenal 8-2 at home thanks in part to a Wayne Rooney hat-trick and City striker Edin Dzeko scored four in their 5-1 away rout of a shell-shocked Spurs.

The scoreboard is seen after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester
United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Aug 28, 2011.
[Photo/Agencies]

Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, Nani and Park Ji-sung were also on the scoresheet at Old Trafford with Arsenal netting through Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie before Carl Jenkinson was sent off in a remarkable game.

The Manchester duo stormed to the top of the table with their third wins out of three after rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, now two points back, had hit the summit on Saturday.

In contrast, north London's beleaguered Arsenal and Spurs sit towards the bottom after failing to win in the league this term.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Real Zaragoza during
their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romareda stadium in
Zaragoza, Aug 28, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Ronaldo enjoys goal spree

The Spanish match also witnessed an embarrassingly one-sided contest as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid's crushing 6-0 win at Real Zaragoza in their opening La Liga match on Sunday.

Marcelo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso also scored for Jose Mourinho's team as La Liga kicked off one week late following a players' strike.

European champions Barca begin their bid for a club record-equalling fourth title in a row at home to Villarreal on Monday when former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas could make his league debut.

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko (R) is congratulated by teammate
Samir Nasri after scoring his team's second goal against
Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer
match at White Hart Lane in London Aug 28, 2011. [Photo/
Agencies]

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

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