Valencia and Young put United 5 points clear

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Updated: April 3, 2012

Late goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young sent Manchester United five points clear at the top of the Premier League last night with victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini had expressed the hope that Rovers would continue their sequence of just two defeats in 12 home league games against their north-west neighbours to breathe new life into the title race. United are well placed now to win the league, with City fans facing another year in hope.