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United held to draw at West Ham

Manchester United's lead at the top of the Premiership was cut to 13 points on Wednesday as United needed a goal in the 77th minute from Robin van Persie to salvage a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Upton Park.

Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Wigan on Wednesday allowed City to close the gap a bit, but United needs just six points from its final five games to lift the trophy.

The Hammers snatched the lead after 17 minutes when Matt Jarvis got into the penalty area on the left and crossed the ball to the back post for Andy Carroll, who nodded it back across the face of goal for Ricardo Vaz Te to head home.

United answered just after the half-hour mark and it came from a nice piece of play on the left wing as Van Persie played the ball into the area for Shinji Kagawa, who drove it across the front of goal for Antonio Valencia to provide the finishing touch.

Mohamed Diame restored the lead for the home side 10 minutes after the break with a nice turn that was followed by a curling shot inside the far post.

But United once more had a reply as Wayne Rooney's shot was cleared off the goal line by Gary O'Neil before goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen made a nice reaction stop on Van Persie's header.

The equalizer arrived shortly after when Kagawa's left-footed shot struck the post, leaving Van Persie to fire home the rebound.

Manchester City 1, Wigan 0

Manchester, England - Carlos Tevez rescued all three points for Manchester City on Wednesday as he struck the lone goal in the 83rd minute of City's 1-0 win over Wigan at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite sitting in the bottom three, Wigan had the better of the play for much of the match, but Franco di Santo, Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney each failed to take advantage of good chances.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart turned in a strong performance, while defender Joleon Lescott needed to make a goal-line clearance on a shot from Maloney.

But the hosts got the one moment of magic needed for the win as Tevez turned away from two defenders and beat another inside the area before hammering a shot into the corner of the net.

Wigan remains three points from safety with a game in hand after the defeat.

Chelsea 3, Fulham 0

London, England - A goal in each half from John Terry lifted Chelsea into third place in the league table after a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

David Luiz scored on a stunning strike from 35 yards to open the scoring for Chelsea in the 30th minute, while Terry doubled the advantage by heading home Juan Mata's cross.

Fulham struggled to create chances throughout the game and Terry put the result beyond reach 20 minutes from time.

A corner kick was driven into the area and Fernando Torres turned a header toward goal, allowing Terry to leap at the ball and nod it home from a yard out.

Chelsea leads fourth-place Arsenal by one point while the Blues sit three points clear of fifth-place Tottenham.