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Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson celebrates his team's English Premier League win against Stoke City at The Britannia stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England on April 14, 2013. United won 2-0. Picture: AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES

Staffordshire - Manchester United continued their dominance atop the English Premier League table, beating struggling Stoke City 2-0 on Sunday.

The Red Devils are now comfortably on their way to a 20th league title after extending their lead at the top of the table to 15 points.

Michael Carrick opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play. The defenders failed to clear a Robin van Persie corner and Carrick toe-poked United into the lead.

Then in the 66th minute, Robin van Persie ended his ten-match goalless streak, slotting home a penalty after being brought down in the area.

The Dutch striker has been lacking in front goal in the past few weeks, and should have his confidence back after netting one on Sunday.

The Red Devils never looked under threat from Stoke, who are near the bottom of the table, but safe from relegation.

The home side created chances, but failed to put pressure on United, who controlled most of the game.

With four games remaining, the season seems wrapped up.

The only fights now are those for third, fourth and fifth place, and the fight for survival at the bottom of table.

-eNCA

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