Manchester United moved to within a point of a record 19th league title as first-half goals from Javier Hernandez and Nemanja Vidic proved enough to defeat nearest challengers Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Hernandez gave the Red Devils a flying start, putting them ahead with his 20th goal of the season after just 36 seconds.
Vidic powered home a second from Ryan Giggs' cross and although Frank Lampard pulled one back, a single draw from games against Blackburn next Saturday and Blackpool on the final day of the season at Old Trafford will secure a 12th Premier League crown for Sir Alex Ferguson and allow United to overtake Liverpool in overall successes.
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