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Premier League round-up: United rout Baggies

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

West Brom
West Bromwich Albion logo
0 - 5
Manchester United logoMan United

Dimitar Berbatov 22

Carlos Tévez 44

Nemanja Vidić 60

Cristiano Ronaldo 65

Cristiano Ronaldo 73

Manchester United opened a three-point gap at the top of the Premier League thanks to an emphatic 5-0 win over 10-man West Brom at The Hawthorns.

United also set a new record of 11 successive clean sheets while goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar overtook Petr Čech for the longest run without conceding a goal.

Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring after 22 minutes when he struck his 11th goal of the season following a one-two with fellow ex-Tottenham player Michael Carrick.

The home side almost went further behind within minutes when Cristiano Ronaldo sent a low cross into the area and was met first time by Carlos Tévez whose shot flew only a yard wide.

West Brom found themselves reduced to ten men after 40 minutes when skipper Paul Robinson was sent-off for a challenge on Park Ji-Sung.

United doubled the lead a minute before the interval after goalkeeper Scott Carson dropped a Ryan Giggs free-kick at the feet of the grateful Tévez, who smashed home into the roof of the net.

After the restart, Baggies defender Ryan Donk surged forward and hit the post with a cracker from a narrow angle.

But after an hour Nemanja Vidić ended any chances of a comeback by heading United's third from Giggs’ corner and then Ronaldo made it 4-0 with a simple finish after being teed up by Giggs.

The Portuguese completed United's rout as he fired through Carson’s legs in the 83rd minute.

Elsewhere in Premier League on Tuesday:

Sunderland logo
1 - 0
Fulham logoFulham
Portsmouth logo
0 - 1
Aston Villa logoAston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur logo
3 - 1
Stoke logoStoke

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