Robin van Persie preserved Manchester United's narrow lead atop the Premier League with the quickest goal of the season, scoring after just 32 seconds in a 1-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday.

Defending champion Manchester City remained a point adrift of its neighbor thanks to a 2-0 victory at Wigan but Rafa Benitez's tough start to life as interim Chelsea manager continued with a lackluster 0-0 home draw against Fulham.

The point at least lifted Chelsea into third place above West Bromwich Albion, which lost 3-1 at Swansea to end a four-match winning run in the league.

Tottenham climbed to fifth place by beating Liverpool 2-1, with Spurs winger Gareth Bale scoring at both ends, while Arsenal was held 1-1 at Everton.