Manchester United took a step closer to the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Sunday that saw them re-establish a 15-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.
Michael Carrick gave United an early lead and Robin van Persie completed victory by claiming his first club goal in 11 games from the penalty spot mid-way through the second half.
Victory allowed the leaders to return to winning ways after Monday’s loss in the Manchester derby, and although City have a game in hand, their hopes of a late United collapse appear forlorn.
Pushing till the end
“I have told the players that we are going to take the next six games as the start of the season and try to win them all,” said United manager Alex Ferguson.
“Would we fancy ourselves to win that league? I think we would.”
Stoke, meanwhile, find themselves in real danger of slipping into the relegation zone, having won just once in 13 league games in 2013.