United, van Persie slip past Liverpool
Manchester United weathered a late fightback from visiting Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win over its rival, tightening the leader’s grip at the top of the English Premier League. Robin van Persie’s league-high 17th goal of the campaign gave United a 19th-minute lead, and the hosts added another strike when Liverpool’s Nemanja Vidic unwittingly deflected the ball in from close range to make it 2-0 in the 54th . . . Free agent reliever Brian Wilson worked out privately for Mets general manager Sandy Alderson Saturday, according to an ESPN report that cited a baseball source. The 30-year-old Giants ex-closer underwent Tommy John surgery last April.