Rooney-inspired United triumph

Manchester, October 19:

Wayne Rooney continued his remarkable goalscoring run as Manchester United kept the pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool with a 4-0 victory over West Bromwich on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov and Nani were also on the mark as United came up with the perfect response to victories from leaders Chelsea and second placed Liverpool

earlier in the day.

A golden period of three goals in 15 minutes started in the 56th minute when United broke out of defence, Berbatov sprung Rooney with a pass and the forward powered into Albion territory, easily sidestepping Ryan Donk, before beating the keeper. In the 69th minute, Ronaldo doubled the home team’s lead.

Again, the goal showcased United at their most devastating and lethal best, hitting Albion on the counter-attack with Darren Fletcher’s short pass being helped into the path of Ronaldo by Rooney and the Portuguese winger easily slotting the ball past the advancing Scott Carson.

Two minutes further on, and Berbatov netted a goal nonchalantly turning in the ball at the far post after Jonas Olsson had failed to deal with Nani’s low cross. Nani completed the rout on the stroke of normal time, turning in Rooney’ cross.