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Utd keep pressure on Chelsea

2010-02-24 07:05

London -Manchester United closed to within one point of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a Wayne Rooney double helped the defending champions to a 3-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who have played a game more than Chelsea, bounced back from Saturday's defeat at Everton thanks to in-form England forward Rooney, who scored either side of half-time at Old Trafford to take his goal total for the season to 27 in all competitions.

Ferguson made five changes to the side beaten at Everton, with goalkeeper Ben Foster handed a rare start and Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic back from injury, and the alterations paid off as Rooney gave United the lead in the 38th minute.

Antonio Valencia collected Dimitar Berbatov's pass on the right and volleyed a perfect cross for Rooney to head past Robert Green for his 26th goal of the season.

United winger Park Ji-Sung hit the bar at the start of the second half before Rooney, who has 11 goals in his last eight appearances, headed the second goal from another Valencia cross in the 55th minute.

Michael Owen came off the bench in the closing stages and the United striker capped his side's victory in the 80th minute when he slotted home a pass from Paul Scholes for his first league goal since September.

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  • Man U - 2010-02-24 08:08

    Where is Nash the Gunner and all the other Man U haters? @Nash the Gunner: You are a fool to think that Benni would score against Man U. He will probably score a hatrick against the "wet behind the ears" Gooners! Anyway, Utd played well and Ronney is the best forward at the moment! Just a pitty that we drop crucial points just when we think we are on the up. However, i still think we will sneak in onto first position very soon!

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-02-24 08:50

    @ Man U: lmao what a coward, why only comment after the game, you didn't seem to think i was a fool to think Benni would score before the game otherwise u would have replied ... i hope u not forgetting that u still have to face Chelsea, Livpool and Man City, ag but i guess u guys already have those points in the bag GGMU lol

  • The Devil - 2010-02-24 08:50

    It seems that the title race is between Drogba and Rooney this year. Lets hope Rooney pips it. Long Live United.

  • Lamps_8 - 2010-02-24 09:20

    As much as I can't stand Roonited,They played an entertaining enough game to keep me awake.Rooney looks dangerous everytime the ball goes anywhere near his feet(Or head rather).Chelsea will have to keep their wits about them to stay on top.Valencia is also a great player and you can clearly see how confident he's become at United.Just hope the Blues can keep up appearances.COME ON CHELSEA!!!

  • Noms - 2010-02-24 09:34

    Yes we will big ups to MAN U

  • Soccer fan - 2010-02-24 10:00

    In your dreams Man U & Noms....watch out for those Gunners!!! Winning against the likes of West Ham, will not win you the league. Only one point from Villa & Everton....u still have City, Chelsea & FULHAM(Manure's favourite opponent) to play.... So i predict many more points for manure to drop before the end of season

  • Man U - 2010-02-24 10:25

    @Nash the Gunner: Coward? You are such a moron! I make comments after games have been played like everyone else here you chop! I don't seem to forsee what will happen like you, who now has egg on your face! By the way i did think you were a fool long before your "Benni" comment just for the fact that you support Arse nil. @ Lamps 8 - thanks for your comments at least you look at football objectively and give praise where it is due! Big ups to you! Anyway, it is definitely Rooney vs Drogba! I still think the league is Chelsea's to loose. You just gotta love the EPL!

  • Dr Phil - 2010-02-24 11:22

    @ Soccer Fan, once again your stupidity (or lack of knowledge) never ceases to amaze me. One point from Villa - correct. 1 point from Everton - Buzzz your are the weakest link - Goodbye. Did your short term memory fail you again - I mean after all we did beat Everton 3-0 at home. Yes, I agree with you beating teams like West Ham will not win you the league - else we would have have the likes of Arsenal, et all winning several championships over the past few decades. Beating teams like West Ham are absolutely necessary to stay in the chase for the title. I did indicate previously that this season the title race is very open with the top 3 vying for it AND there are a few crucial games coming up - you can add Liverpool to your list as well. The next few games are critical and last night's game was a must win for United - anything less than 3 points last night would have put United in a very precarious position with regards to the title chase. So well done to the boys and lets try and bring home a cup on Sunday. GGMU

  • Shaheen - 2010-02-24 11:49

    @soccerfan, Um... did the Gooners win against any of the top clubs this season? Anyways, back to the United game, good result especially after the poor performance against Everton. Rooney has stepped up, and proved to be the player we all knew he could become. No doubt the best Striker at the moment. For now all United can do is win their matches, and keep the pressure on Chelsea to slip up, because in all honesty, it's Chelsea's league to lose, United dropped too many points at crucial times this season.

  • Man U - 2010-02-24 12:03

    @Soccer Fan: You should know that winning against teams like West Ham, Wigan, Hull etc...is a requirment in order to win the EPL. What nonsense are you talking about? You guys have dropped points against those type of teams and are now looking straight up Man Utd's A Hole on the Log! Go learn what it takes to win a championship as it is not won by just beating teams like Pool, Arse, Chelsea. It is won over 38 games you fool! By the way, do you remember how Arse nil got thrashed by Man Utd? Arsenal falls into the same category as Wigan, West Ham, Hull, Portsmouth!

  • Big K - 2010-02-24 12:13

    Firstly, @ Man U and Nash......LMFAO. I needed that this morning!!! @ Soccerfan, arent you supposed to be in Therapy today??? I c Lamps_08 has become more objective after our little spat, nice one!!! Have to agree on Dog - Ba and "The White Pele" If he bags 5 or more at the world cup, they will give him Player of the year!! Scholes was amazing again Last night and Valencia, money well spent!!! Owen, You are a Legend!!! For me, he could be our next super sub - AKA another Baby Face Assasin, def worthy of the No.7 Shirt, his stats last night was, Sub 78min, shots on target 1, goals 1, brilliant!!!!!! And surprisingly Foster got abit of his groove back, but altogether now, Long Live Vida, U Rock!!!!! So wat if Chelsea have the game in hand, its always better to have the points in the bag and put pressure on Chelsea!!!! Now to WEMBLEY!!!!!

  • Georgie Best - 2010-02-24 13:32

    @Lamps_8, I'm starting to like you, objective and sensible observations u made. I dislike Chelsea, maybe as much as you dislike United, may the best team win it. At moment its "advantage Chelsea", Man Utd's done miracles in the past. Once Arsenal were 8 points in front in the beginning of March, and Man Utd won the EPL. This season, personally, I didn't expect them to fair very well, after Ronaldo & Tevez's exit, was hoping for at least a top 4 finish, but they never fail to amaze me.

  • Georgie Best - 2010-02-24 14:29

    @Lamps_8, I'm starting to like you, objective and sensible observations u made. I dislike Chelsea, maybe as much as you dislike United, may the best team win. At the moment its "advantage Chelsea", Man Utd's done miracles in the past. Once Arsenal were 8 points in front in the beginning of March, and Man Utd won the EPL. This season, personally, I didn't expect them to fair very well, after Ronaldo & Tevez's exit, was hoping for at least a top 4 finish, but they never fail to amaze me.

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