Premier League round-up: February 23

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Manchester United took a further step towards a 20th league title as a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers increased widened the gap at the top of the Premier League to 15 points.

With Manchester City not playing Chelsea until Sunday, Manchester United were able to take full advantage of the opportunity to increase the daylight between them and their rivals and edge ever closer to the league crown.

Fabio Da Silva provided Manchester United with a first-half lead when he thundered into the top corner from 20-yards after Julio Cesar parried a shot from Robin van Persie, but the Dutchman had to limp off before the end of the opening period.

Ryan Giggs added a second with only ten minutes remaining on his 999th career appearance, and defeat ensured QPR remanded rooted to the foot of the table.

In the race for fourth position, Arsenal left it late to beat Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners moved to within a point of Tottenham, who do not play West Ham until Monday evening.

Santi Cazorla scored five minutes into the encounter and five minutes before the end, with more poor defending from Arsenal allowing Andreas Weimann to find the net in-between.

Arsenal are now five points ahead of Everton after the Toffees lost to Norwich in dramatic circumstances at Carrow Road.

Leon Osman put the Toffees in front six minutes before half-time, but Norwich equalised through Kei Kamara on 84 minutes and Grant Holt snatched all three points in stoppage time.

West Brom made the most of Everton's slip-up with a 2-1 defeat of Sunderland at the Hawthorns, with on loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scoring either side of Stephane Sessegon's leveller.

Elsewhere, Wigan climbed above Reading and out of the relegation after convincing 3-0 victory at the Madejski Stadium.

Arouna Kone scored twice in a minute just before half-time, while Maynor Figueroa added a third on 48 minutes, while Pavel Pogrebnyak later saw red for the home side.

Saturday's early kick-off was contested between Fulham and Stoke at Craven Cottage, and was won courtesy of a gorgeous strike from Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian struck a sweet volley in the first-half for the only goal of the game, and Fulham are now just one point behind Stoke in the Premier League.

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