10 Apr 2011

United closing in on title after easy home win

7:31 am on 10 April 2011

Manchester United have opened up a 10-point lead at the top of English football's Premier League after a cruisy 2-0 home win over Fulham.

United rested several first-choice players ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea on Wednesday and had just the sort of undemanding afternoon they wanted as first-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia proved decisive at Old Trafford.

United have 69 points with Arsenal, who visit Blackpool on Monday, second on 59 with two games in hand.

Chelsea moved up to third on 58 points after a 67th-minute Florent Malouda goal was enough to beat bottom club Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City, who visit Liverpool on Tuesday, have 56 points, three clear of Tottenham Hotspur who beat Stoke City 3-2 with two goals from striker Peter Crouch.

West Bromwich Albion also won 3-2 at Sunderland to edge closer to safety on 39 points and 10th place.

Wolverhampton Wanderers remain second-last after losing 3-0 at home to Everton with West Ham United third-bottom after going down by the same score at Bolton Wanderers.

Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 with visitors Birmingham City.