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Manchester United moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League yesterday as it won 2-0 at bottom side Queens Park Rangers.

Goals from Rafael and Ryan Giggs gave United the points and increased its lead over champion Manchester City, which plays third-placed Chelsea today. Rafael struck a stunning opener in the first half, before 39-year-old Giggs sealed victory 10 minutes from time to strengthen United’s grip on the title race with 11 games to go.

“We are in a tremendous position,” admitted Giggs. “We had to dig in today to get that important 15-point lead and we are really pleased. We knew it was going to be difficult; they are fighting for their lives. But I have to say Rafael’s goal was one of the best goals you are going to see, and in the second half we got better.”

QPR is seven points away from safety with games running out, but manager Harry Redknapp said he remained confident the London side could get out of trouble.

Arsenal stayed in the hunt for a Champions League spot as it beat Aston Villa 2-1, Santi Cazorla scoring both goals. The Spaniard sealed victory with a well-taken second goal five minutes from time to move fifth-placed Arsenal to within one point of Tottenham in fourth.

It was a sweet moment for manager Arsene Wenger, after a difficult week in which Arsenal was beaten twice. The Frenchman was delighted with the response from his team.

Everton lost ground in sixth after being beaten 2-1 at Norwich, with Grant Holt scoring a 90th-minute winner.

Two goals from Arouna Kone gave Wigan a 3-0 win at fellow struggler Reading, lifting the northern side out of the bottom three
Fulham took a huge step toward securing its Premier League status for another season after beating Stoke City 1-0 at Craven Cottage. A superb volley from Dimitar Berbatov proved to be the only goal of the game as Stoke missed a golden chance to equalize when Jon Walters’ second-half penalty was saved by Mark Schwarzer.

Romelu Lukaku scored both goals as West Brom. edged out Sunderland 2-1 in the day’s other match, lifting it to seventh in the table.

Manchester United's Darren Fletcher celebrates after scoring against Queens Park Rangers in Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.Credit: AP