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Man United edge closer to 20th league title

updated 1:35 PM EDT, Sat March 30, 2013
Sunderland's Titus Bramble (left) deflects Robin van Persie's shot towards goal at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland's Titus Bramble (left) deflects Robin van Persie's shot towards goal at the Stadium of Light.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Man Utd maintain 15-point lead at top of English Premier League with 1-0 win at Sunderland
  • Man City thrash Newcastle 4-0; Arsenal beat Reading 4-1
  • Chelsea slump to 2-1 defeat at Southampton

(CNN) -- Manchester United extended their winning streak in the English Premier League to seven matches on Saturday beating Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

An own goal by Titus Bramble in the 27th minute -- deflecting Robin van Persie's shot past Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet -- ensured all three points for United and maintains their 15 point-lead at the top of the table with only eight games remaining.

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Manchester City made sure they didn't lose any ground on their local rivals as they dispatched Newcastle United 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Carlos Tevez and David Silva struck in the first half with Vincent Kompany and an own goal by Newcastle defender James Perch completing a resounding victory for Robert Mancini's team.

Arsenal were also convincing 4-1 winners against Reading at the Emirates.

Gervinho opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 11th minute, with goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud consolidating the lead in the second half.

Reading, watched by new coach Nigel Adkins, pulled one back in the 68th minute through Hal Robson-Kanu, but any hopes of mounting a comeback were dashed nine minutes later as Mikel Arteta slotted home from the penalty spot.

Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged west London rivals Chelsea to move up to third in the table after a 2-1 win away to Swansea City -- first half goals from Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale improving Spurs' chances of Champions League football next season.

Chelsea slumped to a third league defeat in six games losing 2-1 away to Southampton.

Elsewhere, West Ham United beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and relegation-threatened Wigan secured a valuable three points with a 1-0 win against Norwich.

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