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United cement grip on pole position

sports Updated: Feb 19, 2009 10:30 IST
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Wayne Rooney ended his six-week injury lay-off with a goal as Manchester United moved five points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford.

Rooney, sidelined since straining a hamstring against Wigan on January 14, scored from South Korea winger Park Ji-Sung's cross moments after replacing Dimitar Berbatov to put the seal on United's latest victory on Wednesday.

Paul Scholes' opener and a strike from Berbatov had given United a 2-0 half-time lead against a Fulham side that rarely looked like adding to their three away league goals this season.

But United were in determined mood and the victory left them in a commanding position at the top of the league and with dreams of an unprecedented haul of five trophies in one season looking more realistic by the week.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had warned against complacency ahead of the game by admitting that 'this fixture looks a bit too easy'.

But United's peerless form in recent weeks and Fulham's winless run away from home in the league this season suggested that the only likely outcome was a United win.