Rooney and United Are on Top Form

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WAYNE Rooney answered the goalscoring rallying cry of his manager as Manchester United twice came from behind to beat Reading 4-3 and move three points clear at the top.

Sir Alex Ferguson said he wanted to see his striker find the back of the net more often and Rooney responded with two strikes in a thriller at the Madejski Stadium, where all seven goals came in a 34-minute spell in the first half.

Hal Robson-Kanu gave Reading an early lead before United hit back with Anderson levelling and Rooney putting them ahead from the spot.

Reading stunned the visitors with two quick-fire goals to regain the lead as Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison capitalised on lapses in United's defence to score with close-range headers.

But another effort from Rooney and a neat finish by Robin van Persie saw United take the spoils.

West Ham piled more pressure on new Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez as they stormed back from a goal behind to bag a 3-1 victory at Upton Park.

Juan Mata gave the visitors a 13th-minute lead but Carlton Cole headed a 63rd-minute equaliser before setting up Mohamed Diame to fire the hosts in front with just four minutes left.

Substitute Modibo Maiga put the gloss on his side's win with an injury-time third less than a minute after replacing Cole.

The worries also mounted for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who saw his side outplayed by Swansea at the Emirates with ROUND-UP two late goals from Michu sealing a shock 2-0 win. …