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United, Chelsea close in on Gunners

London, Jan. 11 (Reuters): Manchester United and Chelsea maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal with convincing wins on Saturday while the Gunners had the day off.

Manchester United came from behind to win 3-1 at West Browmich Albion with goals from Ruud Van Nistelrooy (8), Paul Scholes (23) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (55) after Jason Koumas put the Baggies ahead after six minutes.

Chelsea bounced back to beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 at Stamford Bridge after racing to a 2-0 lead through Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (3pen) and William Gallas eight minutes later. Eidur Gudjohnsen put Chelsea 3-0 up after 34 minutes and although Jason Euell pulled one back for Charlton just before halftime, Graeme Le Saux made it 4-1 after 54 minutes.

Arsenal remain top with 46 points from 22 matches, with United on 44 from 23 and Chelsea on 41 from as many matches.

Fourth-placed Newcastle United lost ground after a 2-2 draw at West Ham where controversial midfielder Lee Bowyer made his debut for the home side.

Liverpool also slipped further as their winless streak stretched to 11 matches after they were held 1-1 at Anfield by Aston Villa.

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