United, City begin 2013 with Premier League wins

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Manchester United\'s Javier Hernandez, centre right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal against Wigan Athletic during their English Premier League soccer match at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


LONDON (AP) — First-place Manchester United and second-place Manchester City began the new year with emphatic victories Tuesday in the Premier League.

United cruised to a 4-0 win at Wigan for its second straight shutout. City treated its home fans to a 3-0 decision over Stoke.

Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie scored two goals each for United, which leads the league by seven points. Van Persie has a league-high 16 goals.

City ended Stoke's 10-match unbeaten run behind goals from Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.

Tottenham climbed to third place ahead of Chelsea by beating Reading 3-1. Struggling Aston Villa gave up a goal during stoppage to draw 2-2 at Swansea. Fulham and West Ham also won.