Football - United secure 12-point advantage

Manchester United warmed up for the reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo by marching 12 points clear in the Premier League title race after a 2-0 win over Everton.

Even with Jose Mourinho watching on, Real Madrid seemed to be the last thing on United minds as Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie scored the first-half goals that were enough to see off a dogged Everton.

Giggs has now scored in a remarkable 23 successive league seasons, yet another milestone in an unparalleled career, while for Van Persie, it was the 23rd goal of a sensational debut campaign.