United extend lead
Manchester United...2 Everton...0
FOOTBALL: Manchester United warmed up for a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo by marching 12 points clear in the Premier League title race yesterday.
Even with Jose Mourinho watching on, Real Madrid seemed to be the last thing on United minds as Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie scored the first-half goals that were enough to see off dogged Everton.
Giggs has now scored in a remarkable 23 successive league seasons, yet another milestone in an unparalleled career.
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For Van Persie, it was the 23rd goal of a sensational debut campaign.
None of this would come as any surprise to Mourinho.
What would have been to his liking was the way United fought tigerishly for their prize, which cost them Phil Jones to a second-half injury.