EPL: Man Utd go top again beating Tottenham
LONDON: Ryan Giggs scored two penalties as reigning champions Manchester United returned to the top of the English Premier League with a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Victory moved United two points in front of Chelsea with two games to play as they once again scored important late goals, this time in a match which was all square at 1-1 with 10 minutes left.
However, Chelsea will regain top spot if they win at home to Stoke City on Sunday.
United''s joy was tempered by fears England striker Wayne Rooney, who sat out the Spurs match, may miss the end of the season with a groin injury.
"I think it will probably take two or three weeks," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The first of Giggs''s penalties, awarded after Patrice Evra was brought down in the box by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, gave United the lead in the 58th minute.
But Tottenham, fresh from wins over Arsenal and Chelsea, equalised in the 70th minute when injury-prone central defender Ledley King headed in a corner.
United hit back when Portuguese ace Nani broke down the right and chipped goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Veteran midfielder Giggs then sealed United''s victory with his second spot-kick four minutes from time after Nani went down under a challenge from Wilson Palacios.
"We have beaten probably the form team of the league which says a lot for us," Ferguson said. "We played well, that was important, but most important was we kept our nerve."
Spurs stayed fourth in the table, and in the final Champions League qualifying spot on offer to English clubs, after arch-rivals Arsenal did them a favour by holding Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Emirates in Saturday''s late kick-off.
City closed to within a point of Spurs but will be without Shay Given for the rest of the season after the Irish goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder while making a save.
"Shay''s injury will be a problem," City manager Roberto Mancini told the club''s official website.
"It''s not good for us because Shay is a fantastic goalkeeper. He is important to us, but in football you can always get injured."
At the other end of the table, West Ham moved six points clear of the relegation zone with a come from behind 3-2 home win over Wigan.