City beats Wigan, stalling United’s charge to title

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City beats Wigan, stalling United’s charge to title

LONDON - There is little doubt Manchester United will collect a record-extending 20th English league title, although the coronation will be delayed.

The Premier League leaders had to twice come from behind to draw, 2-2, at West Ham on Wednesday as second-place Manchester City beat Wigan, 1-0, to cut the gap to 13 points.

Thanks to Robin van Persie grabbing the second equalizer at Upton Park, United only needs to collect six points from its last five matches to take the trophy off its neighbor.

“We’ve got a nice cushion with our lead,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “But we don’t want to make any mistakes.”

Chelsea, meanwhile, rose to third after captain John Terry scored twice in a 3-0 victory at Fulham. Arsenal is a point back in fourth place with a game in hand in the last Champions League qualification spot.

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