Manchester: Wayne Rooney sent Manchester United 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday by scoring in a 1-0 victory over Reading. The win, while far from convincing, effectively ends the title race as it came after second-place Manchester City lost 2-0 at Everton.
Rooney struck United's winner in the 21st minute at Old Trafford with a shot that deflected off Alex Pearce. There are nine games remaining for United to wrap up a record-extending 20th English title.
Reading is only off the bottom of the standings because it has so far out-scored bottom-place Queens Park Rangers.
Following the dismissal of Brian McDermott earlier this week, Eamonn Dolan was in temporary charge of Reading.