Manchester United extended their lead over rivals Manchester City by a further three points after they registered a late 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Monday night.

United, who were forced to play defensively after some excellent attacking play by Blackburn, finally took the lead in the 81st minute via Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia, who brilliantly placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the goal off a Rafael assist. The match was effectively over five minutes late, when winger Ashley Young found the nets with an excellent strike off a Valencia assist.

Check out these photos capturing the two teams in action:

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Manchester United's Hernandez shoots past Blackburn Rovers' Olsson during their English Premier League soccer match in Blackburn.Reuters
United were able to take a 2-0 win last night, despite Mancini insisting they'd falter and draw.REUTERS
Manchester United's Young celebrates his goal against Blackburn Rovers with Valencia during their English Premier League soccer match in Blackburn.Reuters
Manchester United's Young celebrates his goal against Blackburn Rovers with Ferdinand during their English Premier League soccer match in Blackburn.Reuters
Manchester United's Valencia celebrates his goal against Blackburn Rovers during their English Premier League soccer match in Blackburn.Reuters
Manchester United's Young celebrates his goal against Blackburn Rovers as Rooney walks away during their English Premier League soccer match in Blackburn.Reuters
Manchester United's Hernandez reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Blackburn Rovers in Blackburn.Reuters