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Manchester United takes 5-point lead

Updated: April 2, 2012, 8:34 PM ET
Associated Press

BLACKBURN, England -- Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young scored late goals to lead Manchester United over Blackburn 2-0 Monday night and open a season-high, five-point lead in the Premier League over Manchester City with seven games left.

Valencia cut in from the right wing and sent a swerving shot from a tight angle past goalkeeper Paul Robinson and into the far corner in the 81st minute. Young scored on a low shot in the 86th.

"It was a long night. We had to persevere and ...

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