Rooney strike rescues Manchester United

Feb 04, 2013, 04:02 IST | AFP

United go 10 points clear atop EPL after striker's fourth goal in three games

Wayne Rooney scored his fourth goal in three games as Manchester United beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage to move 10 points clear at the head of the Premier League table on Saturday.

Man United’s Wayne Rooney shoots to score against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Man Utd won 1-0. Pic/Getty Images.

Rooney’s 79th-minute strike, his 10th league goal of the season, came after the game had been held up for 10 minutes before half-time because of a floodlight failure and increased the pressure on second-place Manchester City ahead of their clash with Liverpool yesterday.

For long periods it looked as though Alex Ferguson’s side would have to be content with a point, with Fulham surviving first-half pressure before growing stronger after the break. But after hitting the woodwork three times in the opening half, United finally made the breakthrough when Rooney capitalised on a mistake by Fulham’s Philippe Senderos.

Rooney’s moment of composure eventually decided the game when he advanced from halfway after a mistake by Senderos. With Aaron Hughes backing off, the striker moved into the Fulham box before placing a right-foot shot inside the far post.

Fulham’s hopes of springing a surprise were dented when Dimitar Berbatov was denied the opportunity to face his former club after picking up a hamstring strain in the mid-week win over West Ham United.

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