Manchester United moved a step closer to the Premier League title after Ryan Giggs’ late goal sealed a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers that moved Alex Ferguson’s side 15 points clear at the top of the table.
Giggs, who was making his 999th appearance in senior football, struck in the 80th minute after Rafael da Silva had given the visitors a first-half lead. QPR posed little threat and remain at the foot of the table, having rarely looked capable of moving towards the 37-point survival target set by manager Harry Redknapp.
Rangers face a long, hard battle against relegation, while for United, the remaining weeks of the season look like being a steady march towards their 20th league title.
Their lead could be cut when second-place Manchester City face Chelsea today, but with 11 games remaining, it is hard to see how they might concede their current advantage.
Gunners shoot down Aston Villa
Meanwhile, Arsenal put their recent woes behind them as Santi Cazorla completed a brace with an 85th-minute goal that condemned relegation-threatened Aston Villa to a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal took a lead when Cazorla drilled home in the sixth minute. However, in the 68th minute, Andreas Weimann equalised with a 25-yard shot. With five minutes to play, January signing Nacho Monreal scampered down the left wing and cut the ball back for Cazorla to guide a low shot past Brad Guzan.