Sunday’s Premier League games saw Manchester City and Manchester United record victories. If you missed what happened in Saturday’s action here is a recap.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City recorded a comfortable 4-1 win at West Ham on Sunday to record a joint-record 30th Premier League win of the season. The game also saw the Citizens smash through the 100-point barrier.
The Citizens took the lead on 13 minutes, as Leroy Sane’s effort took a major deflection off Patrice Evra to leave Adrian helpless in the Hammers goal. City doubled their lead on 27 minutes. Youngster Declan Rice’s attempted clearance hit Pablo Zabaleta before beating Adrian.
West Ham were back in the game just before half-time, as full-back Aaron Cresswell produced a good finish from the edge of the area with a free-kick. The visitors extended their lead again on 53 minutes. Raheem Sterling found Gabriel Jesus, who beat Zabaleta before firing home from close-range.
Sterling saw a penalty appeal turned down on 58 minutes, as Cresswell looked to have fouled the winger in the penalty area. Sterling was involved in the fourth goal on 64 minutes producing a pinpoint cross to Fernandinho to fire home.
The win means that the Citizens need just one win to record the most Premier League victories ever recorded in one season. Guardiola’s side now also only need two more goals to surpass Chelsea’s Premier League record of 103 goals.
The defeat leaves West Ham still very much in the fight for survival, as the Hammers are just three points clear of the relegation zone, with just three games remaining this season. The Hammers are still long odds to suffer the drop this season, though.
Manchester United left it late to record a 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford, despite a spirited display from a much-changed Gunners team. The win ensured that the Red Devils would be playing in the Champions League next season.
It was a case of players coming back to haunt their former employers in Manchester. United took the lead on 16 minutes and former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez played a big part in the goal. Romelu Lukaku crossed the ball to the far post and Sanchez saw his header on goal deflected on to the post by Hector Bellerin, but midfielder Paul Pogba followed in to volley home past David Ospina.
Arsenal started the second half brightly and it was a familiar face to the Old Trafford crowd that equalised for the Gunners on 51 minutes. Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka had endured a torrid first half, but the Swiss international nicked the ball in midfield to find Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who advanced on goal and his low effort from the edge of the area rather crawled past David De Gea.
Marcus Rashford saw a goal ruled out late-on before the Red Devils scored the winner a minute into stoppage-time. Ashley Young swung a cross into the Arsenal area and Marouane Fellaini glanced the ball cleverly past the despairing dive of Ospina in the Arsenal game.
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