Brown scores own goal as Man U gift Ferguson

Hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland is fitting 25th anniversary present for Man United boss Ferguson

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown gifted Sir Alex Ferguson a 25th anniversary present with an own goal as Sunderland were beaten 1-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Man Utd players celebrate a goal during Saturday's EPL match
against Sunderland

Ferguson walked onto the pitch through a guard of honour made up of players from both clubs and former Red Devils skipper Steve Bruce, now manager of Sunderland, before chief executive David Gill revealed the north stand was being renamed in honour of their long-serving manager.

United struggled to establish themselves in the first half but took the lead in stoppage time as Brown deflected a corner into his own net under pressure from Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal form continues
Arsenal's rejuvenation continued when in-form captain Robin van Persie led the Gunners to a fourth-straight league win as West Brom were brushed aside 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium. The Holland striker -- who smashed a hat-trick to help beat Chelsea last weekend -- put Arsene Wenger's men ahead from close range (22) after Theo Walcott's shot was saved by Ben Foster.

Alex Ferguson, who will complete 25 years as Manchester United
manager on Sunday, walks out to a guard of honour during
Saturday's match against Sunderland. PICs/Getty Images

Thomas Vermaelen made it 2-0 five minutes before half-time, lashing in van Persie's cutback, and Mikel Arteta (74) wrapped things up after more good work from the Arsenal captain.

Swansea hold Liverpool
Liverpool were left frustrated as Swansea battled to a point in a goalless clash at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt thought he had snatched a late winner, only for assistant referee Sian Massey to make a fine offside call, while Michel Vorm made a fine reaction save from Glen Johnson to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

Chelsea edge out Rovers
Petr Cech recovered from a nosebleed to produce a string of fine saves as Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners at Blackburn. Cech needed lengthy treatment after colliding with Ashley Cole in the first half, but showed few ill effects to deny Grant Hanley and then Yakubu after Frank Lampard (51) had headed in Branislav Ivanovic's curling cross. When Cech was beaten by a late header from Hanley, the ball came back off the crossbar.

Other results
* Newcastle 2-1 Everton
* Aston Villa 3-2 Norwich

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