Edwin Van Der Sar Set a New Record

Manchester United moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar set a new record of not giving English-minute goal in a 1-0 victory over Everton.

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the victory with a penalty 44th minutes, but United are once again solid defense and keeper made sure of the three vital points.

Everton lack of scoring at Old Trafford 73 minutes left van der Sar unbeaten in 1104 minutes.

The Dutch international was breaking the previous record set by the reading of Steve’s death 30 years ago.

Petr Cech has taken the Premier League record in winning 5-0 at West Bromwich Albion last week and has had 12 straight clean sheets.

With the title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool playing each other on Sunday and Aston Villa being held 0-0 at home by Wigan, the dossier was the icing on the cake for the defending champions Alex Ferguson.

World footballer of the year Ronaldo had hit the post in the first half before converting the spot after Michael Carrick was shot by Mikel Arteta.

Indeed, Everton, three strikers missing through injury, rarely troubled van der Sar with most of the action at the other end.

Carrick had appeals for a second penalty rejected after appearing to be brought down by Joleon Lescott, but referee Mark Halsey ignored their pleas.

Carlos Tevez shot wide of Park Ji-Sung crossed the right and then Tim Howard had to save a deflected free kick elegant star of Argentina.

United manager Alex Ferguson was delighted with another three and zero points.

“It’s a fantastic performance from the guys. I could not believe when I read that the final goal against Arsenal was awarded in October,” he told Setanta Sports.

“Van der Sar brings peace and security. In the last 12 games that have changed the back four did not know how many times you have to give much credit to them.”

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