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09/04/2013 14:20, Report by Editorial team
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Seven games to go

Despite defeat against Manchester City in Monday night’s Manchester derby, United are still sitting pretty at the summit of the Barclays Premier League, 12 points clear of Roberto Mancini’s men and with seven games to play.

And while the Reds’ momentum may have slowed in recent weeks, the title is still very much in United’s hands. Indeed, 10 points from the remaining seven fixtures will secure a 20th league title, irrespective of Manchester City's results.

Here, we examine the seven sides Sir Alex’s men will encounter before the season’s end and assess the perils, pitfalls and potential for points along the way...

STOKE CITY (A)
Sunday 14 April, 14:05 BST
First it’s a trip to The Britannia, one of the most intimidating grounds in England. And for Stoke fans, United’s visit is the game of the season. Encouragingly, the Reds have never lost against the Potters in the Premier League and not in any competition since 1993. What’s more, the Reds have scored at least two goals against the Potters in eight of the last 10 meetings, with Javier Hernandez particularly fond of finding the net: he has four in five appearances. It won’t be easy, though: Tony Pulis’ side are fighting for top-flight survival and renowned for their physical and aerial approach... something that could test Sir Alex’s men, who are currently without three centre-backs.

WEST HAM (A)
Wednesday 17 April, 19:45 BST
Bar the heavy League Cup defeat in 2010, results at Upton Park have generally been positive in recent years. The Reds have been there already this season, although had to rely on a Robin van Persie injury-time strike to salvage a draw. Wayne Rooney didn't play that day but has netted four times on his last two league visits. The Hammers have been steady of late, picking up three wins and two draws from their last 10 games, but they remain in the relegation fight and still require a few more points to be sure of their Premier League status.

ASTON VILLA (H)
Monday 22 April, 20:00 BST
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are in an even bigger relegation fight, although their form has picked up in recent weeks and, having claimed an impressive 3-1 win at Stoke in their last away game, they’re unlikely to surrender meekly against the

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