Wednesday, April 18, 2007

United six points clear of Chelsea


Wayne Rooney steered Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United that sent them six points clear at the top of the Premier League last night.

Manchester United were seeking to keep the pressure on second-placed Chelsea, who face West Ham United today, and took a fourth-minute lead through midfielder Michael Carrick.

Rooney made sure of the points five minutes into the second-half, lashing the ball home after a fine move.

Manchester United are on 81 points from 33 games while champions Chelsea have 75 from 32. Arsenal have 62 from 34 matches, one point ahead of Liverpool who play Middlesbrough today.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard expects Chelsea to shrug off the strains of their gruelling schedule and come out with all guns blazing as they try to keep the pressure on Premiership leaders Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho's side are still on course for an unprecedented quadruple after their herculean efforts against Valencia and Blackburn Rovers last week.

But there is no let up in Chelsea's hectic fixture list.

The reigning English champions managed to haul their weary bodies through extra-time to see off Blackburn in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, just five days after snatching a dramatic Champions League win in Valencia.

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