Manchester United recorded its 13th straight shutout when it beat West Ham United, 1-0, in London on Ryan Giggs
superb goal on Sunday. The victory kept United two points in front of Liverpool, with a game in hand. The Reds had sneaked past Portsmouth, 3-2, on Saturday in a game they were in danger of
United has now won eight games in a row -- six by 1-0 scores.
"This has been a difficult match for us over the years and this was a great result for us to come
away with a win," said Dutchman goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
, whose shutout streak is 1,212 minutes, a British league record. "The defenders are incredible,
how they defend, how they clear the ball, it's a team effort."
Liverpool twice came back from one goal down on goals by Fabio Aurelio
and Dirk Kuyt
before Spaniard Fernando Torres
won the game in stoppage time.
Surging Aston Villa moved up to third
place, three points behind Liverpool, with a 2-0 win at Blackburn.
Chelsea and Arsenal both had to settle for 0-0 ties.
Chelsea, now fourth seven points off the pace set
by Manchester United, tied Hull City, 0-0, at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal is a distant fifth, five points behind the Blues, after drawing, 0-0, at north London rival Tottenham.