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Last Updated: Tuesday April 18 2006 09:34 GMT

Premiership: Man Utd in vital win

Wayne Rooney
Two goals from Wayne Rooney helped keep alive Manchester United's slim hopes of winning the Premiership after they saw off Tottenham 2-1 on Monday.

Anything less than a win for United would have handed league-leaders Chelsea the chance to wrap up the title in their game later the same day.

They beat Everton 3-0 to maintain their nine-point lead with three games left.

Chelsea and Man Utd meet on 29 April, when the Blues will take the title if they can avoid defeat.

Rooney put United ahead after just eight minutes, converting a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo.

He doubled the lead with a close-range effort on 36 minutes.

Chelsea scorer Frank Lampard
Chelsea scorer Frank Lampard

Tottenham fought back, with Jermain Jenas getting them on the scoresheet shortly after the break.

Sending off

Chelsea's goals came from Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. Everton's Lee Carsley was sent off for a dreadful tackle.

Elsewhere, Charlton's 2-1 victory ended Portsmouth's six-match unbeaten run.

Three second-half goals in seven minutes helped Newcastle to a 4-1 win over Sunderland in the North East derby.

West Brom are still in danger of being relegated after a goalless draw at home to Bolton. This leaves them three points adrift of safety near the bottom of the table.

And Middlesbrough defeated West Ham 2-0 and



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