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Presented with the opportunity to make ground on at least two of their main rivals Manchester United responded with a comfortable victory that suggested their title challenge is about to gather pace.

With Chelsea having lost at Newcastle earlier in the day and Arsenal and Liverpool due to face each other shortly after the final whistle had gone at Craven Cottage, this was a chance for David Moyes’s side to state their case which they did convincingly by racing into a three-goal lead inside 22 minutes thanks to goals from Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

A 65th minute goal from Fulham substitute Alex Kacaniklic, a right-foot shot that deflected off the boot of Rooney, combined with sustained second half home pressure took the sheen off victory but by then David Moyes had made three changes at half time with one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League trip to face Real Sociedad.

The performance and, more importantly, the outcome, brought relief David Moyes who has struggled to stamp his authority on his new club.

The pressure on the new manager, however, eased as his side secured a fourth successive victory for United and their first back to back successes in the league.

They were helped on their way by Fulham’s suicidal defending. Lacking in confidence after dismal defeats at Southampton and Leicester, Martin

Jol’s side were caught repeatedly caught out by the pace and movement of van Persie and Rooney and the home manager was again the target of boos and chants of ˜Jol out’ from the home supporters.

Moyes had talked up the qualities of Rooney and van Persie as a partnership before the game and the pair combined fluently for United’s ninth minute opening goal with the Dutchman releasing his team-mate beyond Philippe Senderos, the Fulham centre-back.

Rooney raced into the area, paused while waiting for support, and then squared for Valencia who scored his first league goal of the campaign.

Fulham were convinced they had grounds for complaint about the 20th minute second. Scott Parker appeared to be fouled by Adnan Januzaj and van Persie got the benefit of a borderline offside call when he collected the United’s youngster’s pass.

There was nothing wrong with van Persie’s excellent finish that flew into the roof of the net though.

Two minutes later, the game was effectively over with van Persie cast in the role of provider, again getting in behind Fulham’s high defensive line and making his way to the byline before squaring for Rooney who emulated Valencia’s earlier routine finish.

Fulham at last found some urgency after the break and deservedly reduced the arrears when Kacaniklic cut in from the left and beat David De Gea with the help of Rooney’s boot.

Source: Telegraph

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