United wins to take 7-point lead into 2013
LONDON (AP) -Manchester United will head into 2013 with a seven-point cushion atop the Premier League after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday, although Manchester City kept in touch Saturday with a gutsy 4-3 win at Norwich.
Garteh McAuley's own goal and a league-high 14th strike of the campaign by Robin van Persie earned United a seventh straight home win and leaves City with a mountain to climb to retain its title.
The champions withstood the first-half dismissal of playmaker Samir Nasri for an apparent headbutt to hold off Norwich, with Edin Dzeko (2) and Sergio Aguero answering manager Roberto Mancini's call for more goals from his strikers.
Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 and move provisionally third - a point ahead of Chelsea, which visits Everton on Sunday.