English Premier League: Manchester Metropolis halted by United in derby, Liverpool woes deepen | Soccer Information
Manchester Metropolis’s relentless march in direction of the Premier League title was interrupted as their 21-match successful streak in all competitions was ended by a shock 2-0 house defeat to rivals Manchester United on Sunday (March 7). Pep Guardiola’s facet might have few complaints as a second-minute penalty transformed by Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw’s high quality 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 facet as they ended a disappointing run of outcomes in opposition to the so-called massive 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 kind continued as they misplaced a sixth successive house league recreation – 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 purpose on the stroke of halftime, would have been an enormous shock however such is Liverpool’s present malaise it turned 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 properly however we are going to struggle via,” Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp mentioned.
Fulham’s win moved them stage 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’s a giant win. There’s loads of emotion and I’m very proud,” Fulham boss Scott Parker mentioned.
Gareth Bale and Harry Kane mixed in exhilarating trend with two objectives 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 objectives taking his whole for the season to 13, in addition to his 16 objectives.
“He’s unbelievable, an unbelievable striker. He confirmed that once more tonight. It was a unbelievable efficiency once more from him and we’re fortunate to have him right here,” Bale who has scored six objectives in his final six video games, mentioned of the Tottenham skipper.
Manchester United had not beaten any of the so-called ‘big six’ this season till Sunday, however supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is beginning to turn 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 house United’s second and regardless of a great deal of possession Metropolis couldn’t penetrate United`s purple wall.
Fernandes mentioned United had not given up hope of reeling in Metropolis. “The league just isn’t a dash. It`s a marathon. We have now 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 unbelievable recreation. United make extremely excessive urgent and they’re so quick on the counter. We performed good. Sadly we couldn`t be scientific 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.”