United, City begin 2013 with Premier League wins
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.
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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