Manchester United go nine points clear

Manchester United have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League after their 1-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening.

Wayne Rooney’s 79th minute strike was enough to give United all three points, though the game had looked like it might not be completed after a power failure shortly before half time.

Play was stopped for a short while on the 42nd minute, though the teams were able to play out the game once the lights had been fixed.

The Red Devil’s had gone ten points clear, but rivals Manchester City clawed a point back in the race after sharing the spoils with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Rooney now has three goals in his last two games, ahead of Wednesday evening’s international friendly between England and Brazil.

Michael Carrick last night withdrew from the England squad having picked up a hip injury in Saturday’s game, though Rooney, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck are all set to feature for the Three Lions.

Meanwhile, Welbeck was honoured at yesterday evening’s England Awards. The 22 year old was named second behind national captain Steven Gerrard in the Player of the Year category.

The forward was part of England’s Euro 2012 squad; scoring the winning goal in their group game against Sweden.