Man United pull clear, rivals stumble

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Manchester United took full advantage of stumbles by title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to pull further ahead at the top of the Premiership.

Man United pull clear, rivals stumble

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Manchester United took full advantage of stumbles by title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to pull further ahead at the top of the Premiership on a night which saw Liverpool's season take a dramatic turn for the better. A 2-1 win over Bolton was enough to send United three points clear of Arsenal, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Everton. Chelsea now trail Ferguson's men by seven points after slumping to a 1-0 home defeat by Liverpool, who eased the pressure on beleaguered manager Gerard Houllier by moving up to fifth place thanks to Bruno Cheyrou's 33rd minute winner. Houllier, who came under fire from fans at the club's annual general meeting earlier this week, admitted it had been a desperately needed morale boost. "This is a good omen for the future and it comes at a good time after a difficult week," the Frenchman admitted, refusing to apologise for his side's negative tactics. "Today was an ugly win but a very good win nevertheless."Ferguson pleasedSir Alex Ferguson paid Bolton the compliment of fielding a near full strength side and the Manchester United manager's policy paid dividends in the form of first half goals from Paul Scholes and Ruud van Nistelrooy. But Bolton refused to lie down and their pressure ensured a tense finale after Youri Djorkaeff's header was deflected into the net by Gary Neville a minute from the end. Liverpool suffered the second half loss of goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek to injury and El Hadji Diouf to a controversial red card but still held out for a victory that may have fatally compromised Chelsea's title ambitions. (PTI)



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