Wayne Rooney nets two

LONDON: Manchester United closed to within one point of Premier League leader Chelsea after a Wayne Rooney double helped the defending champion to a 3-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side, which has played a game more than Chelsea, bounced back from Saturday's defeat at Everton thanks to in-form England forward.

Rooney scored on either side of half-time at Old Trafford while Michael Owen added the third.

The results: Manchester United 3 (Rooney 38, 55, Owen 80) bt West Ham 0 . — Agencies

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