Man United cruise past Villa
17 April 2012, 10:02
Manchester - Manchester United moved a step closer to retaining the
English Premier League title with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Aston
Villa on Sunday to move five points clear at the top.
points did not arrive without controversy, however, as Ashley Young's
theatrical tumble in the penalty area under minimal contact allowed
Wayne Rooney to settle the hosts' nerves with a seventh-minute spot
Villa, who are still in danger of relegation, offered
little resistance and United stretched their lead just before half-time
through Danny Welbeck's close-range finish.
Rooney scored again with a deflected effort after 73 minutes and Nani added the fourth in stoppage time.
United moved to 82 points with four games left.
Resurgent Manchester City, who thrashed Norwich City 6-1 away on Saturday, are on 77.
The top two face off at the Etihad Stadium on April 30.