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  • West Ham's Ricardo Vaz Te, center obscured, dives to score past Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, left, and Rafael during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Manchester United at Upton Park stadium in London, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:57 pm

Manchester United held to 1-1 tie by West Ham

By ROB HARRISAP Sports Writer

Manchester United was slowed in its drive to a 20th English league title when it was held to a 2-2 tie Tuesday night at West Ham.

Ricardo Vaz Te put the Hammers ahead in the 16th minute but Antonio Valenzia tied the score in the 31st with his first goal since April 2, 2012, against Blackburn. Mohamed Diame gave West Ham a 2-1 lead in the 55th, and Robin Van Persie retied the match in the 77th with his first goal from open play since Feb. 10 - though he appeared to be in an offside position.

United (26-4-3) leads the Premier league with 81 points and would clinch with six in its final five matches. Second-place Manchester City (20-4-8) closed within 13 points by beating visiting Wigan 1-0 on Carlos Tevez's goal in the 83rd minute.