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Last Updated: Wednesday February 24 2010 07:42 GMT

United keep pace with Chelsea

Wayne Rooney celebrates

The in form Wayne Rooney helped Manchester United to a 3-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

Two goals from the front man and another from substitute Michael Owen late on takes United to within a point of league leaders Chelsea.

Rooney has now scored 19 goals in his last 19 matches, taking his tally to 27 in all competitions so far this season.

The defeat leaves West Ham four points of the relegation zone.

England's star striker opened the scoring with a thumping header following Antonio Valencia's cross.

Another Valencia cross was headed home by Rooney for the hosts' second, before substitute Michael Owen clipped a late third from Paul Scholes's pass.

Wayne Rooney

West Ham battled bravely, but fell away in the face of Rooney's brilliance.

Chasing Chelsea

England boss Fabio Cappello will be hoping Rooney will take his current form into the World Cup.

With 10 matches left in the league, United boss Alex Ferguson will be hoping his side can continue to keep pace with arch-rivals Chelsea in the race for the Premier League trophy.