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The Baggies boss believes his side's defeat at Old Trafford and Manchester City’s loss at Swansea has seen the Champions move closer to defending their title

Manchester United have taken “a big step forward” in the Premier League title race according to West Brom manager Roy Hodgson.

The former Liverpool boss saw his side lose 2-0 to Sir Alex Ferguson's men at Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney bagging a double.

And with rivals Manchester City losing away at Swansea, the Red Devils have now leapt to the top of the table with just 10 games left to play.

“It was a good victory for United given their biggest rivals lost away from home”, he said.

“Sir Alex and Roberto won't thank me for making comments with 10 games to go.

“Last season with 10 games to play and I came to West Brom we were relegated and everybody had us written off and we finished 11th place so you can do an awful lot in 10 games”.

After Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the first-half, the Baggies lost defender Jonas Olson to a second-half red card before Rooney doubled the home side’s advantage from the penalty spot, and Hodgson admitted that his side didn’t deserve to get anything out of the match.

“It was a penalty”, the 64-year old admitted. “It wasn't one where Evra has deliberately attempted to foul Odemwingie, or even make a challenge. But he did trip him up.

"That might have helped us but the really decisive moment was the sending off, because that provoked the second goal from the penalty and then we had to survive for 25 minutes plus with only 10 men and a makeshift back four.

“There aren't that many teams of our ilk that come here and put them under enormous pressure. The teams that aren’t the very, very top teams that get a result here have done it with the tin hats on having soaked up a lot of pressure.

“We knew we were up against it and that they would have a lot of the ball and make life very, very difficult for our defenders. I don’t think we really dealt with the ball and kept the ball in the way that we are capable of doing."

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