Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:59pm GMT

Soccer-United go three clear as Chelsea are held

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - Manchester United opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

The prolific Cristiano Ronaldo inspired the Reds to a fourth consecutive league victory with two classy first-half goals.

In a rip-roaring London derby at White Hart Lane, Chelsea drew 4-4 with Tottenham Hotspur. Two goals from Joe Cole looked to have put Chelsea level on points with second-placed Arsenal before Robbie Keane equalised with a stunning 88th-minute shot.

United have 70 points from 30 games, Arsenal have 67 and Chelsea have 65. (Editing by Miles Evans)