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Manchester United opens 15-point lead in England

Updated: March 16, 2013, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Manchester United opened a 15-point lead in the English Premier League with nine games remaining, beating Reading 1-0 Saturday on a Wayne Rooney goal as second-place Manchester City lost 2-0 at Everton.

Rooney scored in the 21st minute on a shot that deflected off Alex Pearce, Rooney's 12th league goal of the season and 16th overall. United (24-3-2) needs 13 points to clinch a record 20th English league title.

"We knew the three points was the most important thing today ...

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