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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

United Stays 3 Points Clear Of Blackburn

LONDON -- Manchester United remained three points clear of Blackburn Rovers in the race for the English title when both sides scored contrasting victories in local derbies.


United, beaten 2-0 by Blackburn on Saturday, pulled off a far-from-convincing 3-2 victory Monday over Oldham at Old Trafford, while Blackburn pushed Everton even closer to relegation with an emphatic 3-0 win at Goodison Park.


With both sides having six matches to play, Manchester United moved on to 79 points and Blackburn 76.


It was a bad day for most of the clubs at the wrong end of the table. Tottenham and Southampton joined Everton and Oldham as the day's big losers, with Tottenham going down 4-1 at home to West Ham and Southampton, who, with bottom-placed Swindon are beginning to look doomed, losing 1-0 at home to fellow-strugglers Manchester City.


Manchester United, which plays Oldham again on Sunday in an FA Cup semifinal, took the lead after 17 minutes with a looping header from Ryan Giggs.


Sean McCarthy equalized with a superbly taken left-foot shot on the turn after 49 minutes. But just when Oldham looked capable of stealing at least a point, United scored twice in a minute. Although Graeme Sharp pulled one back three minutes later, the nervy league leaders held on to win.


Blackburn had no such worries, demolishing an Everton team seemingly nose-diving out of the top division for the first time since 1954.