Chelsea lead threatened by Palace loss; Man U wins

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- The Premier League's most unpredictable title race produced another surprise on Saturday as Chelsea lost at Crystal Palace for the first time since 1990.

John Terry headed Joel Ward's cross into his own goal at the start of the second half to gift Palace a 1-0 victory, leaving Chelsea's position at the top precarious. Chelsea's second successive away loss gave Manchester City a chance to go top later in the day by beating Arsenal.

Putting the pressure on City, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is publicly writing off Chelsea's prospects of lifting the trophy.

"We depend too much on other results," Mourinho said. "When you depend a little it's possible, when you depend a lot, I don't think it's possible.

"We depend now too much. I don't think now we can win the league."

But Palace's chances of staying in the league have been enhanced, with the south London club five points clear of the drop zone following the derby triumph.

There was also a shock at Old Trafford: Manchester United won easily. After back-to-back losses at home, David Moyes' seventh-place side came from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-1, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice.

Southampton, a place behind United but six points adrift, produced a resounding 4-0 victory over Newcastle. In a meeting of relegation-threatened teams, both West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff scored in stoppage time as they drew 3-3.

Stoke's impressive form continued with Peter Odemwingie clinching a 1-0 victory over Hull, the team's fourth success in five matches.

Swansea climbed above Hull into 13th by ending a six-game winless run in the league. Jonathan de Guzman's clinical double and Wayne Routledge's goal produced a 3-0 victory over fellow struggler Norwich.

At Old Trafford, the start of the game had fans looking to the sky when a much-publicized plane flew overhead with a banner emblazoned with "Wrong One - Moyes Out." Just one person, who said he is a United fan, has claimed responsibility for the stunt with no supporters' groups backing the protest.

"The support inside Old Trafford has been terrific and if ever there was a show of support for their football club and for their team, it was today," Moyes said.

But supporters' faith in Moyes was tested when Ashley Westwood put Aston Villa in front in the 13th minute by sending a free kick dipping into the net.

Villa's lead only lasted seven minutes before Rooney sent a header from Shinji Kagawa's cross into the net. And after Leandro Bacuna fouled Juan Mata, Rooney put United in front from the penalty spot before half time.

The lead was extended in the 57th when Juan Mata scored his first United goal since joining from Chelsea in January for 37.1 million pounds (then $61 million), and substitute Javier Hernandez wrapped up the victory in stoppage time.

On the south-coast, Southampton's victory will have offered England coach Roy Hodgson some encouragement for the World Cup -- with three different English scores.

Jay Rodriguez put Southampton in front just before half time and netted the fourth in the 89th after Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana scored.