Rooney’s goal helped United stretch their lead at the top as City slip up at Everton.
A single goal was enough to settle Manchester United’s tie against Reading this evening and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points.
A first-half strike from Wayne Rooney earned all three points against league-strugglers Reading.
Centre-back Rio Ferdinand made a surging run forward before playing the ball into Rooney.
The striker’s shot deflected off Alex Pearce and found its way into Adam Federici’s net.
In reply Hal Robson-Kanu saw his long range effort fizz past David De Gea’s post, but that was as near as the Royals came to equalising.
Rooney meanwhile tried to double his tally in the second half with a shot that flew just over the bar.
While it was not an inspired performance by United, the most important thing for Sir Alex Ferguson is that they took all three points.
League holders City, who are United’s nearest challengers for the top spot, had the early kick-off today against Everton.
However they failed to make ground on Ferguson’s men as 10-man Everton triumphed 2-0 in the match with goals in either half from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic.
With United extending their lead at the top to 15 points with just nine games left of the season, it’s hard to look past the Red Devils winning another Premier League title.