United, City begin 2013 with Premier League wins

Updated: January 1, 2013, 3:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- First-place Manchester United and second-place Manchester City began the new year with emphatic victories Tuesday in the Premier League.

United cruised to a 4-0 win at Wigan for its second straight shutout. City treated its home fans to a 3-0 decision over Stoke.

Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie scored two goals each for United, which leads the league by seven points. Van Persie has a league-high 16 goals.

City ended Stoke's 10-match unbeaten run behind goals from Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.

Tottenham climbed to third place ahead of Chelsea by beating Reading 3-1. Struggling Aston Villa gave up a goal during stoppage to draw 2-2 at Swansea. Fulham and West Ham also won.

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