English Premiership

Man Utd increase their lead

2012-04-02 23:05
Antonio Valencia (AP)

Blackburn - Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young scored late goals to give Manchester United a 2-0 win at Blackburn on Monday, extending the defending champions' lead to five points in the Premier League.

With seven rounds left, United are clear of crosstown rivals Manchester City and favourites to win their 20th league title.

Valencia cut in from the right wing and fired a swerving shot from a tight angle that flew past goalkeeper Paul Robinson and into the far corner in the 81st minute. Young made sure of the win with a low shot in the 86th.

Blackburn, who dropped into the relegation places on goal difference, had a goal disallowed when Morten Gamst Pedersen's 63rd-minute shot was ruled out because the ball went out of play in the build-up.

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