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Red Devils fly on Brom to go top of League

sports Updated: Jan 28, 2009 23:20 IST

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Cristiano Ronaldo's double rounded off Manchester United's 5-0 demolition of 10-man West Bromwich Albion to complete an English Premier League record 11th match without conceding a goal.

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar went a league record 1,032nd minute without conceding yesterday to surpass the mark of 925 set by Chelsea's Petr Cech in the 2004-05 season.

"I just needed to keep the concentration levels high and fire up the defenders and midfielders," Van der Sar said.

"We are delighted with the record because we haven't even had a settled defense, with players injured and others coming in and out."

And United stalwart Ryan Giggs demonstrated his ongoing value to the team at 35 by providing Ronaldo's first goal after earlier helping to set up Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Nemanja Vidic.

The defending champion established a three-point lead in the title race, but Liverpool can rejoin it at the top by beating Wigan tomorrow.

Tottenham beat Stoke 3-1 to move three points ahead of its relegation rival, which was level with bottom-placed West Brom and three other teams on 21. Kenwyne Jones, who Spurs had hoped to sign, scored in Sunderland's 1-0 win

over Fulham.

At the Hawthorns, the Red Devils took 22 minutes to get into their stride with Berbatov finding the net for the fifth time in seven matches.

Giggs located Berbatov from the right flank and the Bulgaria striker played a neat one-two with Michael Carrick before crisply finishing through Scott Carson's legs.

Robinho arrested over alleged sexual assault

Manchester: Manchester City and Brazil striker Robinho has been arrested over allegations of a serious sexual assault in a British nightclub, police and his spokesman said here on Wednesday.

The spokesman for 25-year-old Robinho, Britain's most expensive player, said he had been interviewed by police yesterday but "strenuously denied" the allegations.

"We can confirm that Robinho met the police today, as pre-arranged and as part of a criminal investigation," spokesman Chris Nathaniel said in a statement on Robinho's official website on Wednesday.

"He strenuously denies any allegation of wrongdoing or criminality and is happy to cooperate with the police if further required."