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Jon Super, Associated Press
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his first goal against Liverpool during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

LONDON — Luis Suarez's refusal to shake hands with Patrice Evra overshadowed Manchester United's 2-1 win over fierce rival Liverpool that lifted the reigning champions provisionally to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney scored twice for the second straight match to guide United to victory at Old Trafford but all the focus was on the pre-match handshake that never happened, further inflaming tensions between England's two most successful clubs.

Manchester City, which is behind its neighbor for the first time this year, can restore a two-point lead with a win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Chelsea's 2-0 loss at Everton allowed Arsenal, which beat Sunderland 2-1 thanks to Thierry Henry's injury-time winner, to climb into fourth place.