Manchester Metropolis’s relentless march in the direction of the Premier League title was interrupted as their 21-match profitable streak in all competitions was ended by a shock 2-0 dwelling defeat to rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect might have few complaints as a second-minute penalty transformed by Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw’s tremendous end early within the second half earned United a shock win.
Whereas Metropolis nonetheless lead the desk by 11 factors with 10 video games left, second-placed United confirmed there are chinks within the armour of Guardiola’s aspect as they ended a disappointing run of outcomes in opposition to the so-called large six.
Victory for United put them in a fairly wholesome place of their quest to make sure a top-four end as they’re eight factors forward of fifth-placed Everton who play fourth-placed Chelsea on Monday at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool’s horrendous run of type continued as they misplaced a sixth successive dwelling league sport — this time 1-0 in opposition to relegation battlers Fulham — to drop to eighth.
Ordinarily Fulham’s first win at Anfield since 2012, sealed by Mario Lemina’s aim on the stroke of halftime, would have been an enormous shock however such is Liverpool’s present malaise it grew to become simply one other unhappy statistic for the crumbling champions.
“This group is an excessive group. We had been extraordinarily profitable and now we’ve got an excessive scenario as effectively however we are going to battle by,” Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp mentioned.
Fulham’s win moved them degree on factors with Seventeenth-placed Brighton and Hove Albion and just one level behind Newcastle United, who might solely handle a 0-0 draw with second-from-bottom West Bromwich Albion.
“It is a large win. There’s plenty of emotion and I’m very proud,” Fulham boss Scott Parker mentioned.
Gareth Bale and Harry Kane mixed in exhilarating trend with two targets apiece in Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace to maneuver into sixth spot, two factors behind Chelsea. Kane claimed assists for each of Bale’s targets taking his whole for the season to 13, in addition to his 16 targets.
“He is incredible, an unimaginable striker. He confirmed that once more tonight. It was a incredible efficiency once more from him and we’re fortunate to have him right here,” Bale who has scored six targets in his final six video games, mentioned of the Tottenham skipper.
Manchester United had not overwhelmed any of the so-called “large six” this season till Sunday, however supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is beginning to change into one thing of a nemesis for his Metropolis counterpart Pep Guardiola after a fourth derby victory since he took over at Outdated Trafford in December 2018.
Metropolis had been surprised after 34 seconds when referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot after Gabriel Jesus introduced down Anthony Martial simply contained in the field and Fernandes transformed.
Shaw drove dwelling United’s second and regardless of a great deal of possession Metropolis couldn’t penetrate United’s pink wall.
Fernandes mentioned United had not given up hope of reeling in Metropolis. “The league just isn’t a dash. It is a marathon. We’ve to do our greatest and never take into consideration others,” he mentioned.
Guardiola was beneficiant in his evaluation of his cross-city rivals. “It was a incredible sport. United make extremely excessive urgent and they’re so quick on the counter. We performed good. Sadly we could not be medical up entrance so we congratulate United,” he mentioned.
“We would be the information as a result of we misplaced. However the information is 21 victories in a row. There are nonetheless 30 factors to play for and we’ve got to begin to win once more.”