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22/04/2013 22:00, Report by Adam Bostock
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How the Reds won the race

to seven points by New Year’s Eve – Sir Alex’s 71st birthday.
United - 1st (49 points); Man City - 2nd (42 points); Chelsea - 3rd (38 points)

January
The same seven-point gap between United and City was in place at the end of January, although Chelsea fell further behind after losing at home to QPR and only drawing with Southampton and Reading. The Manchester rivals matched each other with three wins and a stalemate apiece, a notable day being Sunday 13 when United beat Liverpool and City replied by winning at Arsenal. The Reds also thrashed Wigan 4-0 away on New Year’s Day and scraped past Southampton 2-1.
United - 1st (59 points); Man City - 2nd (52 points); Chelsea - 3rd (46 points)

February
Only nine league points were up for grabs and, while City dropped five of theirs, United claimed the lot with three solid wins. Fulham’s resistance was broken by Rooney’s late winner at Craven Cottage, Everton were defeated with goals from van Persie and Ryan Giggs – who maintained his record of scoring in every Premier League season (now 21) – and QPR were overturned at Loftus Road thanks to another Giggs strike and Rafael’s rocket. The month’s key result, however, was City’s shock loss at Southampton, following a home draw with Liverpool. The only victory for Roberto Mancini’s men was at least a notable one against Chelsea, who finished February 19 points behind United.
United - 1st (68 points); Man City - 2nd (56 points); Chelsea - 4th (49 points)

March
United’s grip on the title race was strengthened in March with three more victories to nil, with David De Gea enjoying his longest run of consecutive clean sheets in the league. Kagawa hit the headlines with a hat-trick in the 4-0 home win over Norwich before one strike proved enough against both Reading (Rooney) and Sunderland (Titus Bramble own goal). City won away at Aston Villa and

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