Saturday 10 May 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez scored in the first half to move Manchester United closer to retaining their Barclays Premier League title with a derby victory over rivals Manchester City.
Ronaldo put the hosts ahead with a deflected free-kick and Tevez hit a long-range second as leaders United restored their three-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table with only two fixtures of the season remaining.
United, playing their 62nd match of the season, started in positive fashion with Ji-Sung Park firing just wide, before they took the lead in the 18th minute.
Stephen Ireland fouled Dimitar Berbatov 25 yards from goal and Ronaldo did the rest. With the aid of a deflection, the Portuguese forward found the net for the 25th time of the season, 18 of which came in the League.
City hit back with Robinho firing just wide of the post before Tevez almost doubled the lead when his curling shot came back off the woodwork.
But Tevez was not to be denied on the stroke of half-time when Darren Fletcher and Berbatov combined to set him up, before he crashed his strike in off the post. It was the Argentina international's 14th goal of the campaign in all competitions.
City improved in the second half and Robinho missed a chance from eight yards before Martin Petrov was denied by United keeper Edwin van der Sar.
At the other end, Tevez hit the woodwork for the second time in the afternoon - but this time with a header from close range.
The victory left United needing four points from their final two matches to be crowned champions for third consecutive season - a feat they achieved by drawing with Arsenal and winning at Hull City.
Manchester City picked up three points from their final two fixtures to finish in 10th place.