Manchester United blanks Fulham

Dec 3, 2007 - 11:24 PM Special to PA SportsTicker

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a match-winning double as Manchester United breezed past Fulham, 2-0, on Monday night.

It was the 11th time Ronaldo has scored twice in a game for the Red Devils - but his wait for a hat trick goes on after referee Rob Styles booked the Portugal winger for diving rather than awarding what seemed a certain penalty when he fell over Antti Niemi's body as he pursued a Ryan Giggs' through ball.

Nevertheless, Ronaldo's efforts were enough to see United reclaim second spot in the Premier League with a seventh straight home win - three points adrift of Arsenal, which also has a game in hand.

Having finished runner-up to Kaka in the voting for the prestigious Ballon D'Or this week, Ronaldo is expected to occupy the same position when FIFA host their world player of the year awards in Zurich later this month.

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