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United on the brink of glory
Red Devils move to within one point of the EPL crown after a 2-1 win at Wigan.
Last Modified: 13 May 2009 22:03 GMT

Tevez celebrates his crucial equaliser [GALLO/GETTY]
Carlos Tevez slotted home another crucial goal to lead Manchester United to within one point of a third straight English Premier League title, with a 2-1 win at Wigan.

United were a goal behind after Hugo Rodallega's 28th-minute goal until Tevez came on as a substitute and equalised just three minutes later with a 61st-minute back heel into the net.

England midfielder Michael Carrick then scored the winner with four minutes remaining at JJB Stadium.

United need only to avoid defeat against visiting Arsenal on Saturday to clinch the championship with a game remaining and go level with Liverpool on a record 18 titles.

One step at a time

"We'll approach the game the way we always approach a game,'' United manager Alex Ferguson said.

"It is against a very good Arsenal side.''

Liverpool are six points behind United ahead of their penultimate game at West Bromwich Albion, also on Saturday.

United, who beat Manchester City 2-0 at the weekend, looked to be heading for an embarrassing loss until Tevez entered the game as a replacement for Anderson.

The Argentina striker, who had scored just his fourth league goal of the season at the weekend, has said he expects to be playing for a different club next year because of United's reluctance to make his loan signing permanent.

He showed his worth again when he reacted quickly to Carrick's off-target shot and redirected it into goal.

EPL Table

Top six:

 United 86 points
 Liverpool 80
 Chelsea 77
 Arsenal 68
 Aston Villa 58
 Everton 57

A draw would have left United needing to win one of their last two games to make sure of the title, with a last-day trip to relegation-threatened Hull on May 24, but Carrick secured victory with a shot into the top corner from about 20 yards.

"To score goals as important as that is a great feeling,'' Carrick said.

"Wigan came at us and caused a few problems. It's not the first time we have come from behind.

"We did it the hard way.''

While United have won 27 of their 36 Premier League matches, Wigan have drawn four and lost 28 of their 32 games against the division's top four clubs since entering the topflight four years ago.

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