Substitute Wayne Rooney scored on his return from a hamstring injury to help Manchester United FC win 3-0 against Fulham FC and open up a five-point lead over Liverpool FC at the top of the Premier League.
Rooney scored United's third of the evening at Old Trafford after 63 minutes, just moments after his introduction when he turned in a pass from Ji-Sung Park. United had earlier struck twice in 18 minutes during the first half to take command against a Fulham outfit who have yet to win on the road in the league this term. Paul Scholes opened the scoring on 12 minutes when his shot from distance was saved by goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer but still spun over the goalline, before Dimitar Berbatov finished off a cross from John O'Shea on the half-hour mark. The clean sheet was the United's 14th in succession in the league and capped their ninth Premier League victory in a row.
North of the border, Kenny Miller scored twice as Scottish Cup holders Rangers FC advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win at Forfar Athletic FC from the fourth tier. Meanwhile, in Belgium, RSC Anderlecht capped a bad night for R. Standard de Liège when they replaced them at the top of Eerste Klasse by winning 2-1 at mid-table KAA Gent. Standard lost 3-0 to SC Braga in the UEFA Cup.
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