There was no Grand National glory for Sir Alex Ferguson but Manchester United continue to power their own way towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford.
First-half strikes from Dimitar Berbatov - his 22nd of the season - and Antonio Valencia with his first since August allowed United to surge 10 points clear of nearest challengers Arsenal.
And, if they can keep a steady course over the final six hurdles, United will achieve what Ferguson's Aintree hopeful What A Friend was unable to and finish ahead of the chasing pack.
In a football sense at least, it must be quite nice being Ferguson at the minute. Robbed of Wayne Rooney
's services for a couple of games thanks, in his eyes, to some unjust treatment from the Football Association, the United boss could just pluck another striker from his impressive roster.
In this instance it was the Premier League's top scorer and a man who bagged five in one game earlier this season.
Berbatov had only started one league game since that dismal defeat at Wolves over two months ago, the equally miserable loss at Liverpool. On home soil at least though, the Bulgarian is a man to be trusted.