LONDON - Manchester United stormed back from two goals down to beat Everton 4-2 and open up a five-point lead in the Premier League today as rivals Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Bolton Wanderers.
With only three games left, United have one hand on the trophy after their England striker Wayne Rooney scored United's vital third goal against his old club in the 78th minute at Goodison Park. The victory was wrapped up by a fourth in stoppage time from youngster Chris Eagles.
It meant that United, who travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on May 9, have 85 points to the champions' 80.
Title fortunes swung one way and then the next on a thrilling afternoon of sunlit football, with Chelsea at one stage level on points with United as Alex Ferguson's men trailed on Merseyside and Chelsea led in west London.
Fans at both matches paid tribute before kickoff with sustained applause in memory of former Everton player and England 1966 World Cup winner Alan Ball, who was found dead at his home after a suspected heart attack on Tuesday night. Players marked the occasion by wearing black armbands.