Manchester United FC consolidated their position at the top of the table after Wayne Rooney's hat-trick contributed to a comprehensive 5-0 win at Bolton Wanderers FC, while Sergio Agüero continued his scintillating form, scoring all three goals in Manchester City FC's 3-0 home win against Wigan Athletic FC.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side took control from the outset, racing into a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes as Rooney's double complemented Javier Hernández's opener. The rout was completed after the break with further goals from Hernández and Rooney - who has now scored eight goals in four league starts.
Fellow title-contenders Manchester City continued their perfect start as Agüero profited from the ingenuity of David Silva and Samir Nasri while goals from John Terry and Daniel Sturridge gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at Sunderland AFC. Liverpool FC's unbeaten start to the season ended with a 1-0 loss at Stoke City FC, after Jon Walters converted from the spot 21 minutes in.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur FC registered their first points with second-half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe securing a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Arsenal FC defeated Swansea City FC 1-0 while Aston Villa twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Everton FC.
|Last updated: 23/08/2012 00:13 CET|
|1||Manchester United FC||4||12|
|2||Manchester City FC||4||12|
|4||Stoke City FC||4||8|
|6||Newcastle United FC||3||7|
|7||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||4||7|
|8||Aston Villa FC||4||6|
|9||Wigan Athletic FC||4||5|
|12||Bolton Wanderers FC||4||3|
|13||Tottenham Hotspur FC||3||3|
|14||Queens Park Rangers FC||3||3|
|15||Norwich City FC||3||2|
|17||Swansea City AFC||4||2|
|19||West Bromwich Albion FC||3||0|
|20||Blackburn Rovers FC||3||0|