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United edge closer to title

Sir Alex Ferguson said his side’s two late goals to beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park “typified the history” of Manchester United.

Those assessing betting note how Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young both scored in the last ten minutes to give United a 2 – 0 win over the Lancashire club, to stretch their lead over Manchester City to five points with seven league games to go.

“It was a long night. We had to persevere and in the end we got our rewards for it.

“The goals came so late, which typifies the history of the club.”

After earning a shock victory over Ferguson’s side at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve, a reformed Blackburn side again tested their visitors in the first half, despite having to settle for the minority of the possession.

Only a terrific double save from David de Gea kept out first Marcus Olsson and then Grant Hanley’s header just before half time, atoning for the errors that cost United the game in the reverse fixture.

Ferguson was full of praise for the Spanish keeper, saying: “De Gea’s progress is obvious. Everyone can see that.

“He kept us in the game and he’s growing in stature and confidence. We’ve always known he had great ability.”

United are now strong favourites to win their fifth title in six years and are now arguably faced with a kinder run-in than their local rivals.

They play Mark Hughes’ Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon, before travelling to Wigan and then welcoming Aston Villa and Everton to Old Trafford before playing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 30th April.

They then round off their campaign with a home match against Swansea City before a trip to Sunderland on the last day of the season.

City by contrast face difficult encounters away at Arsenal, Newcastle and Norwich, as well as a home game against Roy Hodgson’s West Bromwich Albion who nearly beat City in the reverse fixture back in December.

But despite the now considerable advantage, Ferguson insists he is taking nothing for granted:

“There are seven games left and my experience is that it doesn’t matter what points you have, it’s just about the next game.

“It doesn’t matter if it is next Sunday, next Wednesday, the Sunday after that – they are all big ones.

“The players are prepared for that. We will fight right to the end in all the games for the right to win the matches.”

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