Manchester United claim comfortable win at Boro to take another step to the title; Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City all hit trips; Stoke, Pompey, Blackburn & West Brom all lose

Middlesbrough 0 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Ryan Giggs claimed the opener at the Riverside in the 25th minute with a left-footed drilled shot into the corner that gave Jones no chance. Five minutes into the second half United doubled the lead after sustained pressure, Wayne Rooney played a fine ball in to Ji-Sung Park who finished with aplomb. Wayne Rooney fired off a shot and a free-kick in the closing stages as the United number 10 again put in a stellar performance. (Second half highlights here.)

Chelsea 3 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.)  Chelsea flew out the traps against Fulham, Malouda passed the ball into Drogba with the Ivorian cushioning the ball to Nicolas Anelka who scored inside fifty seconds. The Cottagers were not behind for long, Eric Nevland was sent free three minutes later and the striker fired across Cech into the far corner. But Chelsea were quick to restore their lead inside then opening ten minutes as Florent Malouda scored from a Drogba low cross. At the start of the second half the Blues added a simple third, Anelka ran unchecked down the right, the Frenchman threaded a pass through to Didier Drogba who easily rounded the keeper to score.

Portsmouth 0 – Arsenal 3 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) David James suffered a head-in-hands moment conceding to Nicklas Bendtner after 13 minutes, England’s number one appeared to have grease slimed onto his gloves as he allowed the Danes’ tame header to slip through his grasp. Arsenal grabbed a hugely controversial second minutes before the break, Sean Davis was adjudged to have fouled Arshavin in the box – despite the Russian wagging his finger in protest against the decision – and Nicklas Bendtner made no mistake from the spot to complete his first half brace. Pompey began the second half the better of the teams, but they suffered a sucker-punch as Carlos Vela claimed his first league goal against the run of play. David James made a fine save to deny Carlos Vela a second.

Stoke 0 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Stoke fell behind at home to the Hammers after Diego Tristan scored a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the D that flew over the wall and past Thomas Sorensen into the far top corner.

Tottenham 1 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Spurs stole the lead over the Baggies on the stroke of halftime through a Jermaine Jenas strike from just outside the box.

Manchester City 3 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Man City torn Rovers apart in their first half at Eastlands. Felipe Caicedo prodded home the opener after the visitors failed to clear a set-play. Robinho got in on the act with a well-taken second past Robinson, and Elano added a third form the spot on the stroke of halftime. Rovers pulled a goal back in the second half when Keith Andrews followed up after El-Hadji Diouf’s penalty was saved by Shay Given.

Wigan 0 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Jussi Jaaskelainen earned Bolton a point in the goalless draw against Wigan with three first half saves, the Finn twice denied Hugo Rodallega, once with the aid of a post, and also tipped over Mido’s long-range effort. Gary Cahill’s deflected strike rebounded back of the woodwork to deny Bolton.