Chelsea maintains top position, beat Sunderland in EPL
LONDON: English Premier League leaders Chelsea smashed seven goals past hapless Sunderland on Saturday, while second-placed Manchester United kept up the pressure with a 3-0 victory at home to Burnley.
Sunderland scored two consolation goals through substitute Bolo Zenden, a former Chelsea player, and prolific striker Darren Bent, but Steve Bruce''s side were left in 12th place after eight league games without a win.
Manchester United moved onto 44 points from 21 games after a 14th league victory this season, but Burnley''s defense held out for more than an hour in new manager Brian Laws'' first game in charge.
Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov finally broke the deadlock in the 64th minute as he atoned for several earlier misses with a clever flick for his seventh goal of the season.
He was also involved in the second goal five minutes later, with England forward Wayne Rooney following up after his strike partner was denied by Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen.
Tottenham remained in fifth place after being held 0-0 at home by second-bottom Hull.