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United take a step closer to title number 20

Mar 16, 2013, 5:18 PM EST

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney shoots to score past Reading's Alex Pearce during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester

As expected, Manchester United did the required at Old Trafford against manager-less Reading and took the three points on offer, moving a step closer to League title number 20.

Wayne Rooney’s 197th all time goal for the Red Devils, the surprising slim difference, although this was another one of those matches when the result doesn’t reflect the true dominance of their performance.

Sir Alex Ferguson even had the luxury of resting eight of the players who started against Chelsea in the FA Cup last week and this squad rotation will no doubt be the key in their quest for the domestic League and Cup double.

With the gap between them and City now a massive 15 points the stars are beginning to align for a special Manchester derby on April 8th where Ferguson will have the opportunity to indulge in his favorite pastime, namely rubbing City’s nose in it.

If they win their next match at Sunderland, a venue they rarely lose at and City lose against Newcastle, then United can take mathematically take the tile in Manchester.

There is no doubt United have been the best team this year in the Premiership as the table never lies however it would be a tough call to say that this United team compares to say the ’99 vintage.

The opposition and competition have continually stubbed their toes this campaign and the era of the ‘big 4′ has fallen away in a red powered jet stream.

Ferguson won’t care one jot though and will no doubt claim that his 13th League title with United is the sweetest so far.

  1. dfstell - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Has a club that was 15 points clear with 9 games left ever had so many people making fun of them? :)

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