Valencia helps United extend lead to five points

Reuters, Monday 2 Apr 2012

Manchester United stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points after in-form Antonio Valencia struck nine minutes from time to set up a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers on Monday

Antonio Valencia

Second-placed Manchester City’s 3-3 home draw with Sunderland on Saturday had given United the chance to ram home their advantage and with seven games remaining they now look odds-on to retain their title.

Winger Valencia ended Blackburn’s resistance after prolonged United pressure when he cut inside and sent a swerving shot in the far corner.

Substitute Ashley Young grabbed the second on 86 minutes.

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