Wigan, England – There may be a final twist still remaining in the English Premier League title race as Wigan pulled off a shock upset at the DW Stadium on Wednesday, defeating Manchester United 1-0.
Shaun Maloney scored the lone goal of the contest, lifting the Latics to their third win in their last four Premier League contests.
Wigan dominated the opening half but could not turn in a legal goal for their efforts. Victor Moses thought he had put the home side in front late in the first period, but his header was disallowed after a foul on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
It was more of the same in the second half for the Latics, but they finally broke through in the 50th minute from a short corner kick. Maloney got on the end of the well-worked set piece and dribbled to the top of the box. The former Celtic striker took advantage of some poor United defending and curled a beautiful shot just inside the far post, out of reach for De Gea.
Wigan continued to dictate play in what was a very poor outing for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
The Red Devils, still on 79 points, see their lead atop the table dwindle to just five points after Manchester City cruised to a comfortable win over West Bromwich. Wigan sits tied with QPR on 31 points, two points clear of danger.
Manchester City 4, West Bromwich 0
Manchester, England - Manchester City absolved any doubt surrounding its title credentials on Wednesday as it cruised to a 4-0 victory over West Bromwich at the Etihad.
Sergio Aguero netted a brace with goals on opposite sides of halftime. The Argentine got the Citizens off the mark in the sixth minute. They went on to score three second-half goals in the span of 10 minutes as Aguero doubled the lead in the 54th minute before Carlos Tevez made the most of a rare start to add a third in the 61st minute. David Silva completed the rout three minutes later.
City moves to within five points of first-place Manchester United, climbing to 74 points on the season. West Brom has lost three of its last four league games to stay on 39 points.
Arsenal 3, Wolverhampton 0
Wolverhampton, England - Wolverhampton looks all but certain to drop to the Championship after dropping its seventh straight result in a 3-0 loss to Arsenal at Molineux on Wednesday.
Terry Connor's men dug themselves an immediate hole as Sebastien Bassong was sent off in the eighth minute for denying a clear scoring chance in the box. Robin van Persie scored the ensuing penalty kick for his 27th goal of the season, tops in the English Premier League.
Theo Walcott doubled the advantage shortly after, scoring in the 11th minute, and Yossi Benayoun wrapped up the affair in the 69th minute with Arsenal's third of the match.
Wolves sit bottom of the league on 22 points, nine points from safety with five games remaining. The Gunners look well-positioned to finish third, enjoying a five-point cushion over Newcastle and Tottenham.
QPR 3, Swansea City 0
London, England - QPR took a big step toward Premier League survival as it trounced Swansea City, 3-0, at Loftus Road on Wednesday.
Joey Barton put QPR in front just before the break, but Jamie Mackie and Akos Bazsaky secured three points with goals in the 55th and 67th minutes, respectively.
The win sees QPR improve to 31 points on the season where it sits tied with Wigan two points clear of the relegation zone. Swansea has lost four straight to remain stuck on 39 points.