Manchester United Beats Fulham to Extend Premier League Lead to 10 Points

Manchester United beat Fulham 2-0 to open a 10-point lead over Arsenal in English soccer’s Premier League.

Dimitar Berbatov scored his league-leading 21st goal to help United to victory at Old Trafford. Antonio Valencia also scored for the Red Devils, who have 69 points.

Bolton beat West Ham 3-0, West Brom won 3-2 at Sunderland, Chelsea defeated Wigan 1-0, Everton beat Wolverhampton 3-0, Tottenham defeated Stoke 3-2 and Blackburn drew Birmingham 1-1.

United, which continued its home domination to move a step closer to a record 19th English title, has won 15 and drawn once in 16 league matches at Old Trafford this season, outscoring the opposition 42-9.

United opened the scoring in the 12th minute as Nani flicked a pass to Berbatov, who got the benefit of a close offside call and fired a shot past Mark Schwarzer.

Nani also set up the second goal 19 minutes later as he beat Schwarzer to a loose ball at the edge of the area and sent a shot toward the near post. Fulham’s Aaron Hughes got a head to the ball, but it went straight toward Valencia, who nodded it into the open goal.

Arsenal can move back to within seven points of the leader by beating Blackpool tomorrow.

Daniel Sturridge scored twice to lead Bolton past West Ham, which stays in the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings. Florent Malouda scored the only goal as Chelsea beat last-place Wigan to pull with a point of Arsenal.

Unbeaten

Jermaine Beckford, Phil Neville and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored as Everton beat Wolves, which stays in the relegation places.

Paul Scharner’s goal in the 72nd minute gave West Brom the win at Sunderland. The Baggies are now unbeaten in seven games since Roy Hodgson took over as manager and move seven points clear of relegation.

Peter Crouch scored two goals as Tottenham beat Stoke to stay five points back of Chelsea in the race for fourth place and the final spot in the Champions League. Blackburn’s draw with Birmingham moved both teams three points clear of the relegation zone.

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