Premier League: Manchester United finish rivals Metropolis’s profitable streak; Liverpool hunch to sixth straight house loss
United ruined Metropolis’s 28-game unbeaten run in all competitions because of an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw’s second-half strike on the Etihad Stadium.
London: Manchester United shattered Manchester Metropolis’s report profitable streak with a powerful 2-0 victory in opposition to the Premier League leaders, whereas Liverpool hit a brand new low as relegation-threatened Fulham gained at Anfield on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s facet have been on an English top-flight report run of 21 successive wins in all competitions heading into the Manchester derby.
However United ruined Metropolis’s 28-game unbeaten run in all competitions because of an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw’s second-half strike on the Etihad Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s group, unbeaten of their final 22 away league video games, moved above Leicester into second place, however they’re nonetheless 11 factors behind Metropolis with 10 video games left.
Regardless of surrendering their 15-match profitable league run of their first defeat since shedding at Tottenham in November, Metropolis stay agency favourites to elevate the title for the third time in 4 seasons.
Barring a dramatic collapse from Metropolis within the closing weeks, United’s third win within the final 4 league conferences with their bitter rivals is prone to be remembered for cementing a top-four place fairly than rekindling their title hopes.
United will likely be left to rue the latest hunch that allowed Metropolis to tug to date forward within the title race, however not less than they slowed their neighbours’ march in direction of the trophy.
With simply 34 seconds gone, Anthony Martial made a harmful raid into the Metropolis space and Gabriel Jesus responded with a useless, clumsy problem that despatched the French striker sprawling.
Fernandes stepped as much as take the penalty and squeezed his shot previous Ederson, who bought a hand on the ball however could not maintain it out.
It was United’s first purpose in 4 video games, placing Metropolis have been behind for the primary time in 20 league video games.
Guardiola’s males steadily wrestled management and had a powerful penalty enchantment rejected by referee Anthony Taylor when Raheem Sterling was blocked by Fred.
Riyad Mahrez shot inches extensive and Rodri’s drive hit the bar, however Metropolis have been caught with a Fiftieth-minute sucker punch.
United left-back Shaw broke from deep inside his personal half, performed a one-two with Marcus Rashford and fired a effective end previous Ederson from simply inside the realm.
Liverpool crash once more
Seemingly to get replaced by Metropolis as champions, Liverpool have now misplaced six consecutive house league video games and gone eight with out a win at Anfield after a 1-0 loss to Fulham.
That run is all of the extra exceptional as Jurgen Klopp’s males had gone almost 4 years with out a league defeat at house in 68 video games between April 2017 and January this yr.
Liverpool’s greatest likelihood of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League might now be in profitable the European Cup for a seventh time as they sit seventh, 4 factors adrift of the highest 4, having performed not less than one recreation greater than all their rivals.
Regardless of their lowly place within the desk, Fulham had misplaced simply one in all their earlier six video games and have been nicely worthy of a half-time lead.
Mohamed Salah’s shock substitution in midweek provoked contemporary hypothesis over the Egyptian’s future and he was at fault for the one purpose in first-half stoppage time.
Mario Lemina outmuscled Salah to win the ball contained in the Liverpool field earlier than firing low throughout Alisson Becker into the far nook.
The hosts have been much better after the break, however haven’t scored from open play at Anfield in seven video games.
Alphonse Areola produced a shocking save to disclaim Diogo Jota earlier than Sadio Mane got here off the bench to hit the woodwork.
Fulham stay within the backside three however solely on purpose distinction behind Brighton.
Newcastle, one level above within the relegation zone, stay in serious trouble after a 0-0 draw at West Brom.
The Magpies had been unsettled by a dressing room bust-up between supervisor Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie over the previous week.
Mbaye Diagne missed Albion’s greatest probabilities to go away Sam Allardyce’s second-bottom facet eight factors from security.
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