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Sang Tan, Associated Press
Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale reacts to his missed chance to score against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

LONDON — Manchester United reaffirmed its status as Manchester City's main rival for the English Premier League title on Saturday.

Tottenham had been widely hailed as a potential challenger after drawing level with United in midweek. But a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers let United move two points clear of third-place Spurs with a 3-0 win over visiting Bolton.

Paul Scholes scored his first goal since ending his short-lived retirement before Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick struck to leave United trailing City only on goal difference, although City can restore its three-point lead when it plays Wigan on Monday.

Also Saturday, fourth-place Chelsea beat Sunderland 1-0 and Liverpool drew 0-0 with visiting Stoke.