English Premier League: Manchester United at the top
MANCHESTER: Manchester United went five points clear at the top of the Premier League as goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar set a new English record for minutes in not conceding a goal in the 1-0 victory over Everton.
Van der Sar was left to celebrate a United win and a new goalkeeping record. Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the winning goal with a 44th minute penalty but once again it was United''s rock-solid defense and keeper that made sure of the vital three points. Everton''s failure to score by the 73rd minute at Old Trafford left van der Sar unbeaten for 1,104 minutes.
The Dutch international was breaking the previous record set by Reading''s Steve Death 30 years ago. He had taken Petr Cech''s Premier League record in the 5-0 win at West Bromwich Albion last week and has now had 12 straight clean sheets.
With title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool playing each other on Sunday and Aston Villa being held 0-0 at home by Wigan, the record was the icing on the cake for Alex Ferguson''s defending champions.
World footballer of the year Ronaldo had hit the post in the first half before converting from the spot after Michael Carrick was tripped by Mikel Arteta.