Chelsea returns to third place with3-0 win at Fulham

Manchester United may have to wait a little longer to reclaim the Premier League title after being held to 2-2 draw at West Ham, while Manchester City won 1-0 against Wigan on Wednesday.

Alex Ferguson’s team were below their best for long periods at Upton Park and needed Robin van Persie’s late strike to rescue a point.

Second placed City took advantage of United’s slip, with Carlos Tevez netting the winner in their FA Cup final rehearsal at Eastlands.

It was Sam Allardyce’s team who looked more motivated in the early stages and they took the lead in the 16th minute. Andy Carroll met Matt Jarvis’s cross with a header down to Ricardo Vaz Te and the striker headed in from close-range for his first goal since October.

Ferguson’s team drew level in the 31st minute when Shinji Kagawa skipped through the Hammers defence and crossed for Antonio Valencia to tap in his first goal of the season.

West Ham moved ahead in the second-half thanks to Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame’s brilliant curling strike from the edge of the area. But van Persie earned United a share of the spoils when he fired into the roof of the net after Kagawa’s shot hit both posts and rebounded to the Dutch forward.

At Eastlands, made it five wins from their last six matches when Argentina forward Tevez lashed into the top corner in the 83rd minute.

Chelsea climbed to third place as John Terry’s double inspired a 3-0 win at west London neighbours Fulham.

The Blues are now one point ahead of fourth placed Arsenal and three ahead of fifth placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League.AFP