Manchester United FC moved to within a point of Premier League leaders Chelsea FC with a 3-0 defeat of West Ham United FC on Tuesday night.
A week after heading two goals in the 3-2 UEFA Champions League first knockout round first-leg defeat of AC Milan, Wayne Rooney did it again. His first came on 38 minutes, turning in Antonio Valencia's volley at the end of a fine team move. Ten minutes into the second half, Valencia again set up Rooney to double the lead and take his season's goal tally to 27.
Michael Owen came on with 12 minutes left as Rooney was withdrawn and swiftly added a third following a Paul Scholes pass. However, there was a blow for United as Rio Ferdinand missed the game with a back problem that will also rule him out of Sunday's League Cup final against Aston Villa FC at Wembley. West Ham remain 13th, four points above the relegation zone.
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