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United, Chelsea post laborious wins

sports Updated: Apr 10, 2011 00:51 IST
Manchester United

Manchester United enjoyed a stroll in the spring sunshine on Saturday as they eased to a 2-0 Old Trafford win over Fulham to open a mammoth 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

United, who host Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, rested several first-choice players and had just the sort of undemanding afternoon they wanted as first-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia made it 15 wins from 16 home league games this season. United have 69 points with Arsenal, who visit Blackpool on Sunday, second on 59 with two games in hand.

Manchester City, who visit Liverpool on Monday, have 56 points, three clear of Tottenham Hotspur following their 3-2 home win over Stoke City where Peter Crouch scored twice.

Chelsea beat Wigan

London: Florent Malouda's 67th-minute goal moved Chelsea into third spot and ensured Wigan Athletic remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League following a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea remain five points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and took one step closer towards securing a place in next season's Champions League. But this was an unconvincing performance by Ancelotti's side, who struggled in front of goal with Fernando Torres again failing to open his account for the club in a 31-minute substitute appearance.