Manchester United stumbled on its path to the Premier League title, losing 1-0 at Wigan on Wednesday night and allowing Manchester City to close within five points with a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Shaun Maloney scored on a curling shot in the 50th minute, sending the defending champions to their first league loss since Jan. 4.
City, which dropped eight points back last weekend, got goals from Sergio Aguero in the sixth and 54th minutes. Carlos Tevez, in his first start since Sept. 21, made it 3-0 in the 61st and David Silva added a goal in the 64th.
Manchester United (25-4-4), seeking a record 20th English league title, has 79 points with five games remaining to 74 for Manchester City (23-5-5), which hasn't won the league since 1968. The rivals play at Manchester City on April 30.
Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 3-0 to move four points ahead of fourth-place Tottenham.
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