MANCHESTER // Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 to move two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea play Stoke City tomorrow in a game the west Londoners must win to regain the initiative. United, who have two games left to play, are on 79 points to Chelsea's 77 with Arsenal third on 71. After a goalless first half, and with United striker Wayne Rooney absent due to a groin injury, the hosts romped home thanks to two Ryan Giggs penalties and a goal from the Portuguese winger Nani.
The deadlock was broken in the 59th minute when Patrice Evra was fouled in the box. The captain Giggs stepped up to slot home coolly and United were on their way. Fourth-placed Spurs, chasing down a Champions League place next season, hauled themselves back into the match with a 70th minute header from Ledley King that threatened to derail United's hopes of a fourth successive title but their relief was short-lived.
Nani made it 2-1 in the 81st and then was fouled by Wilson Palacios in the box in the 87th minute. Giggs converted the penalty to seal the win. * Reuters