Man Utd close-in on EPL title with QPR win

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Manchester City host Chelsea on Sunday.

Manchester United are 15 points ahead in the English Premier League, EPL, after recording a 2-0 win over bottom side, Queens Park Rangers, on Saturday at the Old Trafford.

A stunning strike from Rafael and a late Ryan Giggs goal moved the Red Devils to a touching distance of their 20th EPL title.

Rafael blasted an unstoppable shot past his fellow Brazilian goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, in the 23rd minute; while Giggs, playing in his 999th senior match, made it 2-0 to Alex Ferguson’s side, 10 minutes from time.

The victory moved United to 68 points from 27 matches, while Manchester City, who have 53 points from 26 games, face third-placed Chelsea at home on Sunday.

The win for United may have again trimmed the already slim chance of QPR surviving the drop.

Meanwhile there was a sore point for United in Saturday’s win as Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Robin van Persie sustained a hip injury when he clashed with a camera behind the goal at QPR. It is not clear how serious the injury is and how long the knock will keep the Dutch striker, dubbed Cobra, out of action.

In other venues, Arsenal moved within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who play West Ham United on Monday, and ended their run of two successive home defeats with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa; thanks to a double from Santi Cazorla.

Wigan Athletic posted a surprising result, defeating fellow strugglers, Reading, 3-0; with two goals from Arouna Kone and one by Maynor Figueroa

Wigan, who now have 24 points, moved out of the relegation zone and above Aston Villa (24) and Reading (23) with basement side QPR adrift on 17.

In the day’s earlier match, Dimitar Berbatov, struck a superb volley to give Fulham a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

In the other games, Norwich City got two late goals to beat Everton 2-1 and West Bromwich Albion overcame Sunderland 2-1 courtesy of a brace off the boots of on-loan Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku.