Premier League: Chris Wood scores NZ's first Premier League hat-trick as Burnley thrash Wolves

All White Chris Wood has scored a first-half hat-trick - and the first by a New Zealander in the Premier League - as Burnley cruised to a 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The visitors opened the scoring at Molineux in the 15th minute, when Wolves defender Willy Boly misjudged a long ball, allowing Wood to control it, before scoring with a powerful finish into the bottom left corner.

Wood doubled Burnley's lead six minutes later with a simple tap-in, after a driving run by winger Dwight McNeil to carve open the Wolves defence.

The duo combined again just before halftime, as Wood completed his first Premier League hat-trick with a header from a floated McNeil corner.

"It's amazing," Woods say. "It's something I've always wanted in my career. It's nice to finally happen.

"It's been a long time coming. I'm 29 years old now and I'm over the moon it's finally come, which is nice."

To cap the occasion, Wood's haul sees him overtake teammate Ashley Barnes as Burnley's all-time leading scorer in the Premier League.

Ashley Westwood added gloss to the scoreline with an 85th-minute strike from 15 metres, after being set up by Wood, as Burnley collected their first win in four league games.

Burnley climbed to 14th in the table on 36 points and are nine points clear of the relegation zone, while Wolves remained 12th. 

Elsewhere, second-placed Manchester United edged closer towards Champions League qualification - the tournament their owners tried to break away from last week - with a goalless draw at Leeds United.

The point left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side 12 points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United, with five games of the season remaining. Manchester City are top of the table on 77 points, 10 ahead of United.

Manchester United were one of 12 top European clubs that announced they were setting up a breakaway Super League, before the plan rapidly fell apart. Like the other founder members, United would have featured in the competition every year, without the need for qualification.

There were few chances at Elland Road in what was a physical clash, the visitors going closest to scoring through a dipping free-kick from Marcus Rashford just before halftime, tipped over by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

As always, Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds were energetic and determined, but they too struggled to create openings, with their best effort a deflected Helder Costa shot that flew just over the bar.

Manchester United won the reverse fixture 6-2 earlier this season.

A plane carrying a slogan against United's owners - the American Glazer family - flew over the stadium before kickoff.