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Last Updated: Thursday December 31 2009 11:58 GMT

United trounce struggling Wigan

Dimitar Berbatov celebrates win

Manchester United have moved within two points of league leaders Chelsea with a 5-0 win over Wigan.

Wayne Rooney kicked off scoring when he chipped in Rafael da Silva's cross, followed by another from Michael Carrick.

Just before half-time Rafael made it three before Dimitar Berbatov scored after the break. Antonio Valencia rounded off the display with the fifth.

The result leaves struggling Wigan a point off the drop zone.

They've only won one of their recent nine matches. And there was more bad news with keeper Chris Kirkland suffering an injury which meant he had to be withdrawn at half-time.


Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal thrashed Portsmouth 4-1.

They went into the lead when Eduardo's free-kick deflected in off Younes Kaboul. Samir Nasri fired in a second shortly afterwards,

Aaron Ramsey made it 3-0 before Portsmouth scored with a close-range strike from Nadir Belhadj.

Alex Song wrapped it up for the Gunners, with victory putting them within four points of leaders Chelsea.