Another last minute goal gave Manchester City all three points as they secured a hard-fought 2-1 win against Steve Clarke’s West Bromwich Albion.
But Dzeko got his second two minutes into stoppage time to leave the visiting support with something to smile about on their journey home.
Stoke looked like they were getting back into the game as they exploited United’s weak back-line, for Michael Kightly to score and take the tie to 3-2. But Rooney got another – at the right end – to give the Red Devils a two goal lead and all three points.
West Ham came through with a fairly comfortable three points as they beat Southampton 4-1 at Upton Park. It was a particularly sweet result for the Hammers faithful after their team was beaten by the Saints twice in the Championship last year.
A brace from Mark Noble in the second half, the latter a penalty after Jos Hooiveld handled in the box, put the Hammers on course for victory. Noble’s first had been a free-kick that missed everyone to bounce straight passed Artur Boruc into the back of the net.
Boruc had a nightmare debut as home captain Kevin Nolan latched onto Yossi Benyanoun’s rebound, before substitute Modibo Maiga scored three minutes from time. Adam Lallana grabbed one for the Saints but it was nothing but a consolation.
The Swans doubled the lead just two minutes later as Michu added to his tally since his summer move, while Emmerson Boyce pulled one back for the visitors in the 69th minute. Wigan fought to draw level but Michael Laudrup’s side held onto their 2-1 lead and managed to keep all three points.
Chris Baird scored a shock goal for Fulham six minutes from time, as they stole all three points from a disappointing Aston Villa side at Craven Cottage. The defender scored his first league goal since December 2010 when he scored two against Stoke.
A first Premier League goal for teenage starlet Raheem Sterling gave Liverpool all three points as they welcomed Reading to Anfield. The Royals' record of no wins in eight Premier League games continued as they struggled to break down a home side that included the returning Jonjo Shelvey.
Luis Suarez created Sterling’s goal to give their team a 1-0 lead on the half-hour mark, but the Uruguayan will find himself on the back pages again after he was rumoured to have hit the deck too easily.