Premier League round-up: Man United maul Wolves
Manchester United left their midweek Champions League nightmare behind to thrash Wolves 4-1 and move within two points of league leaders Manchester City.
Two goals apiece from Wayne Rooney and Nani ensured the Red Devils maintained their form in the Premier League despite patchy performances in other competitions.
Elsewhere, Arsenal moved into fourth place with a 1-0 win against Everton, their highest league placing this season, thanks to a second-half wonder strike from Robin Van Persie.
After Gervinho, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott had wasted the opportunity to put the Gunners out of sight by half-time the responsibility fell to their Dutch captain to score his 18th of the season.
Liverpool also moved up the league as they edged past Queens Park Rangers to win 1-0 at Anfield despite also spurning a hatful of chances.
Maxi Rodriguez, Luis Suarez and Charlie Adam were all frustrated by the form of Rangers goalkeeper Radek Cerny until Suarez struck 69 seconds into the second-half to end Liverpool’s run of four games without a win at home.
Bolton sunk to the bottom of the table as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa while fellow strugglers Wigan grabbed a vital victory away from home, 2-1 against West Brom.
Marc Albrighton and Stilyan Petrov netted for Villa to continue the Trotters’ terrible start, while Ivan Klasnic grabbed a consolation.
Steven Reid fired the Baggies into the lead against struggling Wigan before Victor Moses and Jordi Gomez struck to claim their third win of the season.
Norwich moved into the top ten with an impressive 4-2 win against Newcastle, Wes Hoolahan, Grant Holt (2) and Steve Morison were all on target, with Demba Ba bagging a brace for the Magpies.
And in the other game fellow newly-promoted side Swansea beat Fulham 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium thanks to goals from Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham.