Man U extend lead on Gunners at top of the log

2011-04-09 19:53

Manchester United enjoyed a stroll in the spring sunshine yesterday as they eased to a 2-0 Old Trafford win over Fulham to open a mammoth 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

United, who host Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, rested several first-choice players and had just the sort of undemanding afternoon they wanted as first-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia made it 15 wins from 16 home league games this season.

United have 69 points with Arsenal, who visit Blackpool today, second on 59 with two games in hand.

Chelsea moved up to third on 58 points after a Florent Malouda goal after 67 minutes was enough to beat bottom club Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Stamford Bridge 11 months after the Londoners thrashed the same side 8-0 to wrap up the title.

Manchester City, who visit Liverpool tomorrow, have 56 points, three clear of Tottenham Hotspur following their 3-2 home win over Stoke City where Peter Crouch scored twice.

Early in the day, Everton moved onto the heels of their Merseyside rivals Liverpool in seventh place in the English Premier League after a convincing 3-0 win at lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.

Jermaine Beckford, Phil Neville and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored the goals as Everton moved to within a point of sixth-placed Liverpool.

Everton, who have played a game more than Liverpool, last finished above them in the league in 2005.

All three goals came in the first half as Beckford headed Everton in front after 20 minutes and a rare goal from Neville doubled their lead seven minutes before half-time.

Bilyaletdinov then put the game out of Wolves’ reach with the third goal on the stroke of half-time to leave the home side still second from bottom, with a goal difference of minus 20.

» Meanwhile, it took 120 minutes for Free State Stars to overcome a stubborn SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup last 16 match at Goble Park Stadium, Bethlehem yesterday.

The goal that separated the two sides was a late, scrambled header from dread-locked striker Boitumelo Sekgobela.

This came deep into extra time as the sides were locked at 0-0 at the end of the 90 minutes.

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