Hernandez to rescue for comeback kings

MANCHESTER UNITED remain in control of the title race after producing one of their trademark fightbacks to win 3-2 at Villa Park on Saturday.

Aston Villa led 2-0 with almost an hour gone but United sub Javier Hernandez turned the match on its head, scoring their first and third goals and forcing the second with a back post shot which deflected off Ron Vlaar and into the net.

United were backed in-running at 8-1 with bet365 and were hugely popular, costing Ladbrokes more than £500,000 on their in-running book.

The result lifted the Red Devils four points clear at the top of the league and their title odds have been cut from 5-4 to evens.

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been steadfast in his support of  manager Mark Hughes but his patience was stretched further after the Hoops lost 1-0 at Stoke.

Charlie Adam's second-half strike sealed a second victory of the season for the Potters and left QPR rock bottom and without a win from their first 11 games.

Hills responded by offering 10-1 about Hughes losing his job by the end of Sunday, and the 49-year-old was cut to 2-1 in Ladbrokes's next Premier League manager to go market.

QPR are 13-10 to go down while Reading are 8-13 after extending their winless run with a 0-0 draw at home to Norwich.

Southampton moved off the foot of the table after drawing 1-1 at home to Swansea but they are just 4-7 for the drop.

Everton were cut to 5-1 with Ladbrokes for a top-four finish after coming from behind to win 2-1 at home to Sunderland. Goals from Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic in the space of three second-half minutes cemented the Toffees' position in fourth and lifted them four points ahead of seventh-placed Arsenal, who drew 3-3 with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.

Match in Focus

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Portugal v Morocco

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Portugal have drawn three of their last four matches
Expert verdict
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational hat-trick pinched Portugal a point against silky Spain but his side don’t win often enough to be backed at short prices and Morocco could frustrate them. Portugal won the European Championships two years ago despite winning just one of their seven matches in 90 minutes and their stalemate with Spain could have flattered them.



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