Result: Manchester United 1-0 Fulham

Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick
© PA Photos
Wayne Rooney's first half strike gives Manchester United a 1-0 win over Fulham on Monday.

Manchester United have moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Monday.

United started the match the stronger with Wayne Rooney dictating much of the early tempo. Ryan Giggs had the game's first effort on target, after 11 minutes, when he headed a Rafael cross into the arms of Mark Schwarzer.

The away side began to enjoy a period of possession as the 20-minute mark approached, however, with Moussa Dembele firing wide from the edge of the area, before Clint Dempsey tested the palms of David de Gea.

Antonio Valencia so nearly opened the scoring after 30 minutes when he drove into the area, but his effort was collected by Schwarzer.

Patrice Evra was next to go close for the home side with an overhead kick inside the box, but it drifted just wide.

United began to gain control of the match once more as the half progressed, and took the lead five minutes before the break when Rooney converted an Ashley Young cross at the far post.

Valencia so nearly extended United's lead moments into the second period, but Schwarzer pushed the winger's effort away from close range, before Aaron Hughes almost found his own net.

Young brought a fine save from Schwarzer after 52 minutes as the champions looked for that second strike.

Giggs fired wide with 20 minutes remaining, before Young and Giggs so nearly added a second five minutes later.

Fulham remained a threat, however, and came close via Dempsey with little over ten minutes remaining.

The away side had a strong penalty shout turned down late on when Danny Murphy tumbled in the area, but the referee waved play on, as United held on for a welcome three points.

Next up for United is Blackburn away next Monday, while Fulham host Norwich City on Saturday.

content continues after the advert
Related Video
Championship
League One
LIVE
Brentford
0-0
Preston
LIVE
Bristol City
0-0
Notts County
3pm
Carlisle
vs
Walsall
3pm
Colchester
vs
Oldham
3pm
Coventry
vs
Swindon
3pm
Crawley
vs
Leyton Orient
3pm
Gillingham
vs
Tranmere
3pm
Port Vale
vs
MK Dons
3pm
Shrewsbury
vs
Crewe Alexandra
3pm
Wolves
vs
Rotherham
7.45pm
Bradford
vs
Peterborough
7.45pm
Sheff Utd
vs
Stevenage
League Two
LIVE
AFC Wimbledon
0-0
Newport County
LIVE
Accrington
0-0
Mansfield
LIVE
Bury
0-0
Plymouth
LIVE
Cheltenham
0-0
Fleetwood Town
LIVE
Chesterfield
0-0
Exeter
LIVE
Morecambe
0-0
Scunthorpe
LIVE
Oxford Utd
0-0
York City
LIVE
Rochdale
0-0
Southend
LIVE
Torquay Utd
0-0
Dag & Red
LIVE
Wycombe
0-0
Northampton
Scottish Premiership
7.45pm
Inverness
vs
Aberdeen
La Liga
Ligue 1
7.30pm
St Etienne
vs
Rennes
A-League
Tables
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand