MANCHESTER, England Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Manchester United beat Fulham 2-0 on Monday to reclaim second place in the English Premier League.
Ronaldo, who finished second to AC Milan's Kaka for European Golden Ball award on Sunday, scored in the 10th and 58th minutes at Old Trafford. He has 13 goals in 11 games and six in his last four appearances against Fulham.
Wayne Rooney returned after missing three games for United with an ankle injury and partnered Carlos Tevez in attack.
United, with 10 victories this season, has 33 points from 15 games. It moved back in front of Chelsea and Liverpool both winners over the weekend and three points behind Arsenal.
Arsenal, which is unbeaten with 11 wins and three ties, could move six points ahead with a victory at Newcastle on Wednesday in a rescheduled game.
Monday's loss left 14th-placed Fulham two points above the relegation zone.