Posted: Thursday February 14, 2013 11:44 AM

Man United prospering on and off the pitch

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LONDON (AP) -Manchester United is running away with the English Premier League title, and achieving record success off the pitch as well.

The club forecast record revenue this season of 350 million pounds ($542 million) to 360 million pounds ($558 million) in published financial results for the last three months of a trophyless 2012.

United's revenue hit a record 110 million pounds ($170 million) in that period, up nine percent year-on-year.

Alex Ferguson's side unexpectedly exited the Champions League in the group stage in the 2011-12 season, but is thriving again in Europe, drawing the first leg of its last-16 match at Real Madrid 1-1 on Wednesday.

And after losing out on the Premier League title last season to Manchester City, United enjoys a 12-point lead over the champion.

 
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