Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-sung scored the goals as Manchester United moved closer to a third consecutive Premier League title on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.
Voted player of the year by his fellow pros on Sunday and in his club record 801st appearance for United, Giggs scored with a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner in the 25th minute after the Boro defense allowed him too much room on the edge of the area.
Park added the second in the 51st minute, also with a low left-footer after Wayne Rooney had set up the opening with a run and diagonal pass to the Korean winger.
The victory gave United 80 points from 34 games. Second placed Liverpool, which has 74 from 34, is not in action until Sunday when it hosts another relegation-zone struggler, Newcastle.
The loss means next-to-last Boro is even deeper in trouble with only 31 points from 35 games and just three matches left in which to try and avoid relegation from the top flight.
Third placed Chelsea, which has 71 from 34, faces Fulham later Saturday when the other games are Manchester City vs Blackburn, Portsmouth vs Arsenal, Stoke vs West Ham, Tottenham vs West Bromwich Albion, Wigan vs Bolton.
Sunday's other game is Sunderland vs Everton and on Monday, Aston Villa hosts Hull.