United holds on to beat Liverpool 2-1 in EPL
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -Manchester United weathered a late fightback from Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win over its great rival on Sunday, tightening the leaders' grip at the top of the Premier League.
Robin van Persie's league-high 17th goal of the campaign gave United a 19th-minute lead, and the hosts looked likely to coast to victory at Old Trafford when captain Nemanja Vidic bundled the ball in to make it 2-0 in the 54th.
Daniel Sturridge, who came on as a halftime substitute, halved the deficit three minutes later but Liverpool couldn't find the equalizer to cap its improved second-half display.
United is now 10 points clear of second-place Manchester City ahead of the champions' match at Arsenal later Sunday.