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02-26-2011, 11:46 AM #1
EPL: Man United look to extend leadWith second-place Arsenal not in Premier League action this weekend, Manchester United can increase their lead at the top of the standings with wins at Wigan and fading rival Chelsea in a four-day span.
United's cushion is down to one point following Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Stoke on Wednesday, but the Gunners face a 10-day break from league play, allowing their northwest rivals an opportunity to take advantage.
Faced with the prospect of going seven points clear, United must beat a Wigan team battling to avoid relegation before turning their attention to Chelsea, whose focus now is qualifying for next season's Champions League rather than defending their title.
Arsenal will look to end their six-year trophy drought when it plays Birmingham in the League Cup final on Sunday, but will have one eye on developments in the Premier League title race.
The Gunners, who have played one game more than United, need Alex Ferguson's side to start slipping — so far, it has lost just once in the league.
"We have some massive games coming up," United winger Nani said. "The next few weeks are going to be very important for us.
"We are focused on winning every game because we know the results in the next few matches could prove decisive."...being a human...