Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today as champions Manchester United took on former champions Fulham at Old Trafford.
Fulham were looking to become the first team to win the UWCC title twice, but they had a huge task ahead of them. United had gone 24 matches unbeaten, with their performances, at Old Trafford especially, becoming all the more ominous.
Fulham, however, had looked like recovering after their loss to West Ham which saw them lose the UWCC title, and were on a run of three matches unbeaten. A win for United would see them go five points clear at the top of the table, while a win for Fulham could see them climb as high as eighth.
It was Manchester United who grabbed all three points, however, in a dominant performance.
Fulham were swept aside by United, who took the lead after just 12 minutes when Mark Schwarzer spilt the ball into his own net after Paul Scholes' shot. Fulham rarely threatened the United goal and, such was the ease with which United were containing Fulham, that Dimitar Berbatov's goal on the half hour mark allowed them to cruise to victory.
The returning Wayne Rooney capped off the scoring just after the hour mark, becoming the eighth different United player to have scored in the past three games.
The ease with which this match was won will come as a relief to Sir Alex Ferguson as his team now faces eight games in 25 days which includes the Champions League quarter-final against Inter Milan, the Carling Cup final against Tottenham and a potential title decider against Liverpool in the league.
Despite being the longest reigning champions in UWCC history, 100 percent of voters in the poll said that Fulham wouldn't be able to beat United, so well done to you all!
Manchester United's run
West Ham 0-1 Manchester United (Manchester United become new champions)
Manchester United 3-0 Fulham
(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship.)
Manchester United's next title defence comes on Saturday as they welcome Blackburn Rovers to Old Trafford. Could Blackburn become the best club in the world?!