Wolverhampton Wanderers exited the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-0 hammering of Blackpool at Molineux.
Wolves started the game brightly and took the lead in the 2nd minute when a sweeping, fluent passing move freed winger Adam Hammill to run at the Tangerines backline.
Hammill then picked out the unmarked Matt Jarvis on the left, and the winger curled a sublime finish past Richard Kingson.
Both sides pressed forward looking for the games second goal, and after Kingson had denied Dave Edwards, and a David Vaughan cross had just evaded the outstretched foot of Keith Southern, Blackpool were reduced to 10 men, DJ Campbell shown red after an off the ball incident involving Richard Stearman.
Wolves took control of the game at the beginning of the second half, and when Ludovic Sylvestre was robbed in the centre of the pitch by on-loan Spurs playmaker Jamie O’Hara, who strode forward and planted a left-foot shot past Kingson from 20-yards.
Hungry for goals Wolves soon added a third, when a flowing move from left to right saw Kevin Doyle cross for substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to tap home from no more than a yard.
Wanderers completed the rout in the 89th minute when Ebanks-Blake showed wonderful balance and poise to pluck the ball out of the sky, swivel past a defender, and fire low into the far corner.
At the DW Stadium, Manchester United struck four times in the second half to further cement their place at the top of the table.
After a goalless first half, United should have fallen behind, but Wigan winger Victor Moses missed a guilt-edged chance, denied by Edwin Van Der Sar.
Within minutes United were ahead thanks to Javier Hernandez, scoring his 8th league goal of the season, tucking home after a fine cross from Nani.
And the Mexican didn’t have long to wait for his ninth when he slotted home past Ali Al Habsi.
United, clearly comfortable against Roberto Martinez relegation-threatened side, almost bagged a third, when Rooney crossed for Nani to strike the post.
However, with six minutes to go, United pressed home their advantage, Rooney getting his name on the scoresheet, his 6th goal of the season.
And just three minutes later, the rout was completed, when Brazilian substitute Fabio made it four.
Elsewhere, and Gerard Houllier’s improving Aston Villa scored four as they beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1.
A double from Ashley Young, one from Stewart Downing and a Grant Hanley own goal gave Villa the win.
Nikola Kalinic struck Rovers consolation, whilst Rovers skipper Ryan Nelsen was sent off late on.
Everton emerged victorious against Sunderland at Goodison Park, thanks to a first half double from Jermain Beckford.
Finally, at St James’ Park, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers played out a fierce 1-1 draw.
Former Bolton skipper Kevin Nolan gave Alan Pardew’s side the lead in the 13th minute, only for on-loan forward Danny Sturridge to equalise before half-time.
The Toon Army held on for a point against Owen Coyle’s energetic Trotters, despite the 54th minute dismissal of Ryan Taylor, for a two-footed lunge on Bolton’s top-scorer Johan Elmander.