United seven points clear

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 vs SOUTHAMPTON 1

ENGLAND striker Wayne Rooney made it nine goals in nine games as Manchester United survived a scare to extend their Premier League lead to seven points.

Jay Rodriguez gave Southampton a shock lead at Old Trafford after just three minutes, when he beat goalkeeper David de Gea to Michael Carrick’s back-pass.

Rooney gathered Shinji Kagawa’s pass to equalise five minutes later, and added a second from Patrice Evra’s header across goal just before the half-hour mark. Victory ensured United took full advantage of Manchester City’s draw at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.