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Park sends Reds top
It has been a season in which inspiration has given way to perspiration in the Barclays Premier League and if it is to culminate with Manchester United crowned as champions of England for the fourth consecutive time and a record nineteenth time overall, it will be because no team have run harder or longer or with such unquenchable desire. There was little between these old adversaries at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon, but, after falling behind to a fifth-minute header from Fernando Torres, United prevailed with goals from Wayne Rooney, following up to convert the rebound after his penalty kick was saved, and Ji-sung Park, two players who, along with Darren Fletcher, embody their team’s determination to go the extra mile.
Oliver Kay, The Times
Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez has reiterated his belief that Sir Alex Ferguson attempts to exert influence over referees and accused United's Antonio Valencia of diving to secure a penalty. "We know about the influence of Sir Alex in everything," said Benitez, before adding that United's penalty was "very suspicious."
Following United's win and Chelsea's draw at Blackburn, Blues' boss Carlo Ancelotti has conceded United are now favourites to win to win the title. "We have less probability of winning the title, but we want to fight," he insisted.