Manchester United resumed its charge to the Premier League title by outclassing Stoke 2-0 on Sunday, with Robin van Persie ending his two-month goal drought on a day of jubilant celebrations by managers.
The Netherlands striker hugged manager Alex Ferguson and lifted him into the air after converting a 66th-minute penalty to wrap up a dominant win, sparked by Michael Carrick's early goal at Britannia Stadium.
''He nearly killed me - he forgets I'm 71!'' a smiling Ferguson said. ''It was a great celebration as it brought the emotion of the players and the fans together. We really did celebrate that.''
United restored its 15-point gap at the top over Manchester City, which plays Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals later Sunday. The leaders need a maximum seven points from their remaining six games to claim a 20th championship.
The revelry of Van Persie and Ferguson was nothing compared to that of exuberant Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, who celebrated all three spectacular goals ...