The final Barclays Premier League fixtures of 2010 brought mixed fortunes from United's point of view as one fellow title contender slipped up, only for another to get back on the victory trail.
The slip-up was Arsenal's, as they missed a big chance to join the Reds and Manchester City on the same number of points, 38, at the top of the table. The Gunners were leading 2-1 for almost the entire second half at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night but had to settle for a draw when Sebastien Squillaci scored an 81st-minute own goal.
Arsene Wenger's men therefore remain in third place, with 36 points from 19 games. United have one game in hand over the Gunners and also over Chelsea, who are now back in the top four after winning for the first time in the league since 10 November. Having lost or drawn their previous six games in the title race, Carlo Ancelotti's side were mightily relieved to beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0, courtesy of Florent Malouda's second-half strike at Stamford Bridge.