United 10-points clear at top
There was no Grand National glory for Sir Alex Ferguson but Manchester United made up for the disappointment as first-half strikes from Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia sent them 10 points clear at the top as they recorded a 2-0 win over Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.
Berbatov netted his 22nd goal of the season when he was given the benefit of the doubt with a very tight offside decision.
Valencia doubled the lead just after the half-hour when he nodded home from close range after Aaron Hughes had tried to clear Nani's goalbound effort.
Berbatov had only started one league game since a dismal defeat at Wolves over two months ago, the equally miserable loss at Liverpool. On home soil at least though, he is a man to be trusted.
It did look like he was cursing when Nani ran into a crowd of Fulham defenders on the edge of the area, but, Nani squeezed a pass to Anderson, then flicked the return to his left for Berbatov who slotted home despite looking offside.
It was exactly what United were looking for so early on and things should have been wrapped up when Berbatov skipped into the box before rolling a pass back to Anderson. Goalscoring, though, is not the returning Brazilian's forte, and he hit wide.
United did get their second just after the half-hour when Mark Schwarzer inexplicably raced to the touchline to try and make a clearance he was never going to. Nani got their first and showed his selfish streak by going for goal himself rather than present Valencia with a tap-in.
Aaron Hughes did it instead, turning Nani's shot away but merely offering Valencia the chance to nod home.
Fulham retained enough spirit to bring an outstanding save from Tomasz Kuszczak, though, as substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen curled goalwards from 25 yards.
Anderson and Berbatov were both denied by Schwarzer, and, by the end, even John O'Shea was trying his luck, advancing from his right-back role to let fly.