Manchester United surged closer to a 20th English league title on Sunday, opening an eight-point lead by beating Queens Park Rangers 2-0 while floundering neighbor Manchester City lost 1-0 at Arsenal.
Having spent most of the season in City's shadow in the Premier League, United has eclipsed its big-spending rival to take control of the Premier League title race.
"We know what it takes to get over the finishing line first," United defender Rio Ferdinand said. "We've got to use all that experience to make sure we do it again."
United has six games remaining to extend its title record after its eighth successive league win.
Wayne Rooney scored the opener from the penalty spot after QPR captain Shaun Derry was sent off in the 15th minute by referee Lee Mason for pushing over Ashley Young, although there was minimal contact and the United winger appeared to be offside.
There was no disputing Paul Scholes' 68th-minute goal, with a trademark drive blasted in the net.
"You have to get momentum at this stage of the season," Ferdinand said. "That's the most important thing, making sure you get a good run together and win all your remaining games. We've ticked one off today and hopefully we can keep on going."