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Steady United back on top

Manchester United go back to the top of the Premier League after Wayne Rooney's 29th goal of the season and opening up a three point gap over city rivals Manchester City.

United showed real character and determination to guarantee the victory Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to send the Old Trafford on course for a successive league title. Admittedly Sir Alex would have preferred to have closed the goal difference on City but the win may have put enough of a gap between the two Manchester clubs for it to be an 'issue' at the end of the season.

Jol scratches his headFrom the go it was clear United were able to dominate possession but the resilliance of Fulham was clear to see as United were barely able to test Schwarzer in the first half. Moussa Dembele and Mahamadou Diarra were able to dominate in midfield and stop Carrick and Giggs from being able to control the game. 

Just before half time United finally got past the Fulham defence after Ashley Young's cross from the left was failed to be cleared and a cool cut back from Evans gave Rooney enough space to slide it in between the Fulham defence and past Schwarzer.


In the second half United could have made it more was it not for the fantastic Schwarzer. Saving a fantastic effort from Valencia and a barrage of shots from Ashley Young. 

Carrick tackle penalty

Overall though United were disappointing in the second half and had a few shaky moments late on. In the 87th minute Fulham were denied a strong penalty claim after Michael Carrick brough down substitute Murphy inside the box but referee Michael Oliver waved away protests. Gary Neville later refleted in the Sky Sports commentary box that it was a clear penalty. 

Although Fulham did have the chance to win it late on they will be pleased by their performance after being thrashed 5-0 by United earlier on in the season. 

It is difficult to see past United now to claim a successive Premier League title if we compare the remaining fixtures of the two Manchester clubs.



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