Manchester United increase lead at the top

Manchester United have increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points, after beating Blackburn 2-0 at Ewood Park on Monday night.

The Red Devils left it late to secure three points against Steve Kean’s men, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young finding the net in the last ten minutes.

Sir Alex Ferguson was glad to have picked up the three points, and saluted his side’s patience in waiting for a breakthrough.

“It was a long night wasn’t it? We just had to persevere and persevere and we got our rewards for it,” the Scot confessed to Sky Sports.

“We weren’t really making any clear cut chances – Wayne (Rooney) had a good free-kick that was saved by the goalkeeper and there were a lot of great crosses by Antonio that weren’t finished off.

“We always had them under the cosh, we just had to be careful of the counter attack because they were dangerous at that point,” he admitted.

Ferguson was also relieved to have clawed back the goal difference between his men and Manchester City, and looked towards the champions’ next fixture.

“We have scored more goals now and I think that’s a big step forward for us, from a deficit of about 18 and it’s now only one.

“It could come to goal difference, who knows? Now we have scored more goals than City, it’s significant that because we look as though we can score.

“We have still got seven games left and my experience of these situations is that it doesn’t matter what the points total is at the moment, what is really important is to try and win Sunday’s game against Queens Park Rangers,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight