Ominous United march on

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Manchester United's march towards a quintuple continued apace at Craven Cottage as Carlos Tevez helped them thrash Fulham 4-0 and earn a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Tevez scored twice before half-time and his double helped explain why Sir Alex Ferguson's men might lift five trophies this season - nine of his 12 goals this season have come in cups.

Wayne Rooney added another just after the break to end any hopes Fulham had of a comeback in a breathless quarter-final, then Ji-Sung Park added a fourth before full-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo had trained all week but had been involved in United's recent busy schedule and Ferguson had plenty of options, naming Dimitar Berbatov on the bench and bringing in Anderson and Tevez.

Fulham may have been ruthlessly exposed by United but it was not one-way traffic, the hosts had a number of meaningful attacks in a fast-paced cup tie. In the 13th minute they showed their attacking threat when Simon Davies lofted a ball over the top.

Andrew Johnson got his toe on the ball from the edge of the area to wrong-foot Edwin van der Sar, with Nemanja Vidic required to race back and clear before it trickled over the line.

Fulham's good start was undone in the 20th minute when United took the lead. Anderson's corner was flicked on by Rooney and Tevez steered his header between the post and Paul Konchesky.

It was Tevez who added the second with a stunning effort. The Argentina forward picked the ball up on the halfway line, headed towards goal and cut inside before finding the top corner with a fearsome strike in the 35th minute.

Rio Ferdinand was taken off at the break after appearing to pick up a knock but United were three goals ahead within five minutes of the restart. Dickson Etuhu's poor clearance eventually found its way to Rooney, who curled an effort from 20 yards that nestled in the bottom corner.

Tevez shot into the side-netting with his attempt for a hat-trick but it was Park who added the fourth, in the 81st minute, when he latched onto a poor ball from Zoltan Gera before racing into the area and finishing confidently.

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Dimitar Berbatov
Paul Konchesky
Edwin Van der Sar
Carlos Tevez
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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Nemanja Vidic
Dickson Etuhu
Wayne Rooney
Andrew Johnson
Zoltan Gera
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