England stars help Manchester United win as Norwich keeper John Ruddy limps off at Goodison
England strikers Wayne Rooney
and Danny Welbeck
turned from scorers to providers as they each produced an assist during Manchester United’s 3-1 comeback win against QPR.
Jamie Mackie put the Premier League’s bottom side ahead in the 52nd minute before Rooney sparked United’s recovery.
The 27-year-old’s superb corner picked out Welbeck, who nodded the ball into the path of Jonny Evans to score from close range.
And the former Everton man was it again four minutes later as another excellent delivery found Darren Fletcher. The Scotsman's header beat QPR keeper Julio Cesar.
Javier Hernandez sealed the win for the Premier League leaders with a typically cool finish shortly afterwards.
England Under-21 midfielder Nick Powell, a summer recruit from Crewe Alexandra, came on as a substitute for Welbeck, while Sir Alex Ferguson also included Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley
among his substitutes.
Everton boss David Moyes fielded three England internationals – Leighton Baines
, Phil Jagielka
and Leon Osman
– during his side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich at Goodison Park.
Left-back Baines came close to scoring on two occasions, but he was thwarted by England goalkeeper John Ruddy
Ruddy, who enjoyed another impressive afternoon, was substituted off nine minutes from time after sustaining a thigh injury.
Meanwhile at the Stadium of Light, winger Adam Johnson and Young Lion Danny Rose were powerless to stop West Brom from recording a 4-2 victory against Sunderland.
Johnson, who had played a key role in Sunderland’s 3-1 win at Fulham last weekend, conceded a penalty late on after felling Liam Ridgewell inside the box.
Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross
turned in a characteristically resolute performance at the back as Stoke City continued their unbeaten record at home with a 1-0 win against Fulham.
Shawcross’s side have conceded just one goal in six league fixtures at the Britannia Stadium this term.
England defenders Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson
put in solid defensive displays as they helped Arsenal to a clean sheet during their 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.
Gibbs, who has recently recovered from a thigh injury, completed 90 minutes for the first time since Arsenal’s 3-1 win at West Ham in the first week of October.
Young midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also figured for Arsene Wenger’s side, while Jack Wilshere was named on the bench.
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