Wigan shock United, City close the gap, Van Persie equals Wright

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Updated: April 12, 2012

Shaun Maloney’s goal earned Wigan a 1-0 victory over Manchester United that helped cut the champions’ lead over Manchester City to five points and breathe new life into the Premier League title race on Wednesday night.

The Latics had a first-half effort by Victor Moses ruled out, with replays showing Gary Caldwell was harshly penalised for a challenge on David de Gea, but Maloney scored the only goal just after half-time.

It was United’s first Premier League defeat since the 3-0 loss at Newcastle at the start of January, ending a run that saw them drop just two points in 12 matches.

Carlos Tevez scored for the first time in 11 months as Manchester City sparked back into life to keep their faint Premier League title hopes alive.

Sergio Aguero struck twice and David Silva was on target in a routine defeat of West Brom as City, perhaps belatedly, showed why they were once firm favourites for the Premier League crown.

With 5 games to go including a meeting between the 2 Manchester rivals, United still lead by 5 points.

Arsenal strengthened their hold on third spot and an automatic Champions League berth with a 3-0 win at 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers, who prop up the table and look doomed to relegation.

Robin van Persie equalled Ian Wright’s Premier League record for scoring against the most teams in a 38-game season.

Van Persie’s early penalty in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Wolves meant he has now scored against 17 of Arenal’s 19 league opponents this season, having only failed to find the net against Fulham and Manchester City,

Only Gunners great Wright has previously managed such a feat, with Sunderland and Manchester United the only sides the former England international failed to net against.

Andy Cole and Alan Shearer have also managed to score against 17 separate teams in a league campaign, but when the Premier League comprised of 22 teams.