National Post | Sports

LONDON — Manchester United surged 15 points clear at the Premier League summit on Saturday, capitalizing on Manchester City losing at Everton by beating Reading to close in on a 20th English league title.

Wayne Rooney clinched an unconvincing 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Reading with a shot that deflected into the net off Alex Pearce in the 21st minute.

“We knew the three points was the most important thing today — especially after City dropped three points,” Rooney said.

With nine games to go, only a monumental collapse by United would now allow City to retain the trophy.

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Even then, City would have to show more desire than at Everton on Saturday after the defending champions lost 2-0 despite having a man advantage for the final half hour.

United, though, appears to be unstoppable, especially with the defence not being breached for five successive league games.

“The players…

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