Van Persie heads Manchester United back into contention
November 10, 2013 -- Updated 1929 GMT (0329 HKT)
Robin van Persie was the difference between Arsenal and Manchester United on Sunday.
- Dutch striker gives David Moyes' team a vital win against league leaders Arsenal
- Manchester City slump to a 1-0 loss at second-from-bottom Sunderland
- Tottenham also crash to 1-0 defeat to Newcastle at White Hart Lane
(CNN) -- Robin van Persie scored against his old club to give Manchester United a precious 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.
A tight but scrappy game was decided in the 27th minute when the Dutch striker rose to meet Wayne Rooney's corner which looped over a helpless Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.
The result moves David Moyes' team up to fifth with 20 points, five points behind Arsenal who still top the league despite the loss.
I thought in the end our determination, our effort, our commitment helped us in the second half when we were under more pressure
David Moyes, Man Utd manager
"It was a good result for us today. Arsenal have been in terrific form this season and we had to play well today to get the result," Moyes said.
"I thought we started the game well -- we were very good in the opening 20-30 minutes of the game -- and I thought in the end our determination, our effort, our commitment helped us in the second half when we were under more pressure."
The only downside for United was a head injury to defender Nemanja Vidic who was forced to retire moments before halftime when he and keeper David de Gea clattered into one another. The former Serbian international has been taken to hospital for further treatment and tests.
Read more: Lloris life 'put at risk', says doctor
While the result created joy on the red side of Manchester, the other half could not have been more blue after Manuel Pellegrini's City slumped to a 1-0 to second-from-bottom Sunderland.
Phil Bardsley's 21st minute goal proved the difference between the two sides and continued the steady progress made at the Stadium of Light since Gus Poyet took over from Paulo di Canio who was sacked in September.
Blog: Big data and football's search for the Holy Grail
The Uruguayan has steered the Northeast side to three wins in five games in all competitions since taking over.
But despite collecting six points from their last three league games, Sunderland remain in 19th place.
Manchester City have now lost four times in the league this term. This latest setback sees them slip to eighth in the table with a return of 19 points from 11 games.
Read more: Soccer star 'humiliated' by gender claims
Tottenham Hotspur could have risen to third in the table on Sunday, but instead Andre Villas Boas' side are seventh following a shock 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at White Hart Lane.
Loic Remy scored the only goal of the game in 13th minute, guiding the ball home after receiving a pass from Yoan Gouffran.
Newcastle keeper Tim Krul made a series of outstanding saves to deny Spurs and secure three points for the Magpies lifting them to ninth in the table.
In Sunday's remaining Premier League fixture, Swansea City and drew with Stoke City 3-3.
Part of complete coverage on
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 1145 GMT (1945 HKT)
When celebrating an important anniversary, it's always good to look your best. At least that's theory for a Spanish football team's preseason tuxedo kit.
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1103 GMT (1903 HKT)
While many top European clubs are targeting the U.S. market, French football is setting its sights on expanding into Asia -- with China playing a key role.
July 27, 2014 -- Updated 1229 GMT (2029 HKT)
Major League Soccer has snared another big name from England with former Chelsea star Frank Lampard committing his future to New York City FC.
July 23, 2014 -- Updated 1656 GMT (0056 HKT)
Europe's top clubs have booked a summer holiday to the U.S. -- but this is business not pleasure as they look to cash in on the World Cup afterglow.
July 22, 2014 -- Updated 1828 GMT (0228 HKT)
Former World Cup-winning captain Dunga is appointed coach of Brazil's national team for the second time, charged with restoring national pride.
July 22, 2014 -- Updated 1420 GMT (2220 HKT)
Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez continues Real Madrid's long tradition of signing "Galacticos."
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1007 GMT (1807 HKT)
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football.
The U.S. government recognizes Kosovo, as do most European states, but getting football's ruling bodies to play ball has proved harder.
June 4, 2014 -- Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT)
National heroes don't always belong to one country. Ask France's World Cup hero Patrick Vieira, who is rediscovering his roots.
CNN's John Sinnott on the quiet Cambridge graduate behind Liverpool's resurgent campaign.
May 30, 2014 -- Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT)
They are the dispossessed -- stateless, and unrecognized by football's ruling body. But these teams will still play at their own World Cup.
Louis van Gaal will be a perfect fit for Manchester United the club, business and brand, says CNN's Patrick Snell.
Today's five most popular stories