Pienaar stuns Man United
WOLVERHAMPTON - Manchester City revived their seemingly ailing Premier League title bid with a 2-0 win away to Wolves that moved them to within three points of leaders Manchester United and relegated the hosts here yesterday.
Sergio Aguero's first half goal sent City on their way before Samir Nasri made the game safe 16 minutes from time.
It looked as if City would kick-off eight points behind United, who were 4-2 up at home to Everton in yesterday's early match.
But the Merseysiders fought back to secure a shock 4-4 draw at Old Trafford that gave City a huge boost before the first whistle at Molineux.
And this result means City, bidding for a first English title in 44 years, will go top on goal difference if they beat United in a Manchester derby at Eastlands next Monday.
United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports that their match against City was shaping up as the most important Manchester derby United had played in his 25 years at the club.
"We have made it hard for ourselves, but we have to go there knowing we are capable of getting a result. There is no reason we can't do that."
Everton opened the scoring with a superb Nikica Jelavic header after 33 minutes, but they trailed 3-1 and then 4-2 before salvaging a point with a Steven Pienaar equaliser six minutes from time.
It was the sixth goal in a 25-minute second-half spell. United wiped out Everton's lead and went 3-1 ahead themselves with a header from Wayne Rooney, a superb curling shot from Danny Welbeck and a dink over goalkeeper Tim Howard after great build-up play by Nani with 60 minutes gone. Marouane Fellaini made it 3-2 after 66 minutes with an unstoppable volley before Rooney struck with a low, swerving shot to make it 4-2 after 69 minutes. Like Rooney, Jelavic scored his second of the game to make it 4-3 after 83 minutes before Pienaar completed the scoring a minute later.
lThe rest of the weekend's results:
West Brom 1, Liverpool 0; Newcastle 3, Stoke City 0; Fulham 2, Wigan 1; QPR 1, Tottenham 0; Arsenal 0, Chelsea 0; Blackburn 2, Norwich 0; Aston Villa 0, Sunderland 0 and Bolton 1, Swansea 1.