Late Spurt Lifts Man U Past Blackburn

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Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the endurance of his Manchester United team after the late goals that earned them a 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers and put them five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.

The victory confirms United as strong favourites for a record 20th league title on the back of a 10-point swing over the past month. They were indebted at times to David de Gea's goalkeeping before Antonio Valencia, the game's outstanding performer, scored with a stunning 81st-minute shot. The substitute Ashley Young...

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