MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United roared back into the Premier League title picture on Sunday by beating leader Arsenal 1-0, completing a perfect day for the improving reigning champions after surprise defeats for top-four contenders Manchester City and Tottenham.
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Robin van Persie’s 27th-minute header against his former club settled a cagey match at Old Trafford and lifted United to fifth place, with Arsenal’s second defeat of the campaign trimming its lead over second-place Liverpool to two points.
With Man City losing 1-0 at struggling Sunderland and Spurs beaten at home by Newcastle by the same scoreline, just six points separate Arsenal and eighth-place City after 11 matches in what is proving to be a tight, exciting battle for the title.
“What we have learned today is that not only Man United can beat…
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