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Manchester United, Chelsea win at Premier League
Updated: 2005-12-27 09:25

But, following Albion's enforced reshuffle, United's first attack saw Park slip the ball wide for Ferdinand, overlapping on the right, and the centre-half's resulting cross was touched by Park into the path of Scholes.

The former England man produced a perfectly-placed, unstoppable shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the Albion goal.

Halfway through the six minutes added on for Robinson's injury, United doubled their lead after van Nistelrooy won a right-hand corner.

Ryan Giggs's centre was met by Ferdinand who acrobatically steered a superb header into the top corner.

The second-half opened with van Nistelrooy having a near post shot blocked by Gaardsoe and former United pair Jonathan Greening and Ronnie Wallwork combined with the former crossing for the latter to head at Edwin van der Sar.

But Albion would never look remotely like scoring thereafter.

Instead, Rooney might have added to United's advantage when he drove forwards and sent a fearsome 20-yard shot rising over the Albion bar, before van Nistelrooy did, indeed, add a third.

Park played a pass wide to substitute Alan Smith who, with his first touch of the ball, swung over a cross which the Dutch striker headed in, clinically, from eight yards.

Kuszczak saved his team from further embarrassment when he saved van Nistelrooy's 70th minute shot low at the foot of his post but a miserable Albion afternoon was summed up when former Red Wallwork bore down on goal but struck his shot directly at van der Sar from six yards.

Crespo goal gives Chelsea 3-2 win over Fulham

LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Hernan Crespo struck in the 74th minute to give Chelsea a 3-2 win over Fulham on Monday that maintained their 100 percent home record in the Premier League.

The champions stay nine points clear of Manchester United, who crushed West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at home, and 15 in front of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur who both notched up 2-0 home victories.
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