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Manchester United 0 Manchester City 2: Silva & Sane send visitors back to summit

Manchester City are a point ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League after Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane downed Manchester United.

Second-half goals form Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane gave Manchester City a 2-0 derby triumph over Manchester United as Pep Guardiola's men edged back ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

Following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the United XI and he was rewarded with an enterprising first-half display.

But PFA Player of the Year nominee Silva broke the deadlock in the 54th minute and Sane gave the off-colour David de Gea another moment to forget 12 minutes later.

City are a point ahead of Liverpool, knowing victories in their final three games will guarantee back-to-back titles and complete two-thirds of an unprecedented domestic treble.

Jesse Lingard volleyed wide from Paul Pogba's exquisite 16th-minute pass as an end-to-end contest began to develop – De Gea beating away Silva's rasping drive before United sprung up the field and Marcus Rashford was denied by an alert Ederson.

City gradually found their poise as half-time approached, with De Gea thwarting Raheem Sterling at the end of a deft move in the United box.

Fernandinho hobbled off injured after making a brilliant tackle on Pogba early in the second half.

Sane's introduction meant Ilkay Gundogan dropping back to the base of the midfield and Silva dropping into a central role, and the two men combined in their new positions as the Portugal international caught out De Gea at his near post.

Sergio Aguero then hit a rasping shot against the outside of the same upright but Lingard passed up a chance to level when Rashford's bouncing ball across goal evaded Vincent Kompany and the England midfielder.

Sterling's charge around Fred to tee up Sane was the nerve-settling moment City required and United's earlier verve evaporated as a result.
 
What does it mean? Advantage City in relentless title charge

Chelsea can report upon the potential woes of facing a motivated Burnley, while Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers might fancy flipping the 2013-14 narrative when his side visit the Etihad Stadium on May 6.

City then close against a Brighton and Hove Albion side who could still be scrapping for their Premier League lives. But, however much United might have diminished from the side who retained the title in 2008-09 – no team has done it since – it is hard to escape the feeling Guardiola has negotiated his biggest remaining challenge.

Arsenal's defeat at Wolves means United's stumbling top-four bid still has life, despite having lost seven of their last nine games across all competitions.

Ederson poise pivotal to City triumph

At times this season, Ederson has looked like City's most involved spectator – looking on as goals are rattled at the other end. But twice in the space of a week he has stood up to show razor sharp instincts and flawless handling to set up pivotal wins. The Brazilian did not have to make the eye-catching saves he made versus Tottenham at the weekend but he was a calming influence for a jittery City before the interval, making the match a tale of two goalkeepers.

Near-post woes deepen De Gea's malaise 

United's outstanding performer of the post-Alex Ferguson years, the Spain goalkeeper is undergoing a dire period. After dropping a speculative Lionel Messi shot into his net at Camp Nou last week and shipping four at Goodison Park, there were suspicions he might have done better with Silva's opener. That his attempts on Sane's goal amounted to a howling error was beyond doubt.

What's next?

City travel to Burnley on Sunday, while United are back at Old Trafford for another crunch clash against Chelsea.

Pogba set for Manchester United exit

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba looks to be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.
The midfielder has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane looking to revamp his squad with some fresh faces.
According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Pogba has already decided to leave Manchester United this summer with a possibility of not qualifying for the Champions League next season.
The Red Devils' chances of finishing in the top four in the Premier League were dealt a huge blow on Sunday when they were humiliated at Everton.
L'Equipe also reported that Zidane wanted to bring Pogba to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 2016 but, due to the club's bad relationship with agent Mino Raiola, the deal didn't materialise.
Pogba has two years left on his United contract and would prefer to leave the club this summer.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are the front runners to land him while a return to former club Juventus isn't on the cards.
The arrival of Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona has closed the door on any possible move to the Camp Nou for Pogba.

Chelsea star Hazard offered mega £400k-a-week deal after tax to join Real Madrid

EDEN HAZARD has been offered a mega £400,000 a week AFTER TAX to join Real Madrid.
The Chelsea star will take home £20million a year plus bonuses when he puts pen to paper on the switch to the Bernabeu.
Hazard will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge for around £100m as the club have told representatives they will not stand in the way of his dream switch to Real.
The playmaker, 28, does not want talks to distract him from the Premier League run-in and Europa League semi-final.
Belgian Hazard is committed to helping Chelsea back into the Champions League and is desperate to deliver that European trophy.
Real are ready to make an official bid and will throw everything at Hazard to quickly agree personal terms when the season ends.
And the star could net more than £15m in bonuses if he helps Real to domestic and European trophies while Real want to insert a £250m buyout clause to protect their asset.
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The Spanish giants are also in talks to buy Hazard a luxury property and help with relocation costs.
Hazard’s representatives have held amicable talks with the club and they know he will not sign a new contract.
And with just a year to run on his current deal, Chelsea must cash in now or lose the superstar for nothing in a year’s time.
Hazard was named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award at the weekend.
The Stamford Bridge outfit have been slapped with a two-window transfer ban so face going into the new season without any replacement for Hazard.
Chelsea are appealing the embargo on signings after they were found guilty of making payments to minors.
Hazard is desperate to play for Real boss Zinedine Zidane, his boyhood hero.
It could have been very different had Chelsea sacked current boss Maurizio Sarri and appointed the then-available Zidane last month, before he rejoined the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid last week agreed a new £1.2billion kit deal with adidas that will net them £115m a season and the club and sportswear giants want Hazard as part of the advertising campaign for the new season.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley scolds Essendon fans for booing Scott Pendlebury

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has savaged Essendon supporters for booing Scott Pendlebury during the Magpies’ gutsy Anzac Day win.
Pendlebury was booed as he accepted the medal for best on ground, with Bombers fans still seething at a series of umpiring decisions that failed to go their team’s way in the closing stages.
But Buckley came to his skipper’s defence as he accepted the trophy for the win.
“Shame on anyone that booed a champion,” Buckley said at the podium.
It came as Essendon finished like a runaway train but Collingwood hung on for a tense four-point win in an Anzac Day classic at the MCG.
The Magpies led all day, by as much as 33 points in the second quarter, but had to hold on grimly in the face of a late surge by the Bombers to score a thrilling 10.13 (73) to 10.9 (69) win in front of 92,241 fans.
Players on both sides ran themselves to the point of exhaustion in the enthralling encounter packed with big moments.
The Pies led by nine points heading into the final term, but Joe Daniher’s fourth goal made it a three-point game with five minutes left.
Callum Brown had the chance to seal the deal with a set shot right in front but pushed his shot wide.
Essendon went long with the resulting kick-in but the play was broken up in the midfield, leaving Collingwood to celebrate their fourth win of the season.
Pendlebury led the way with 38 possessions, with Adam Treloar (30), Steele Sidebottom (24) and Dayne Beams (28) important.
Dylan Shiel amassed 34 disposals in his first Anzac Day clash, with Zach Merrett (30) and Dyson Heppell (28) influential.
The nail-biting finish wasn’t on the cards early, with Essendon starting slowly.
The Bombers, an attacking force to be reckoned with across a three-game winning run going into the clash, couldn’t find a way past the Pies in the first term.
Pendlebury and Sidebottom were everywhere as Nathan Buckley’s men denied Essendon space to run through the corridor.
Collingwood’s 23-point lead blew out to 33 when Mason Cox bagged his second goal of the second term.
It was hard to see a way back for Essendon but Heppell, who managed just three touches in the opening quarter, was instrumental in a crucial late surge.
Jake Stringer kicked his second and Daniher booted two majors, including a team- lifting long bomb after the siren, to slash the margin to 21 at halftime.
The Bombers leg speed appeared to be getting on top as the margin narrowed in the third, but with Devon Smith limping to the bench erly in the final term, the Bombers couldn’t get their noses in front.

Barcelona on verge of Liga title after beating Alaves

Barcelona have one hand firmly on the La Liga title after winning 2-0 at Alaves on Tuesday, leaving them 12 points clear at the top of the table with four games to play.

Should second place Atletico Madrid lose at Valencia on Wednesday or against Real Valladolid on Saturday, Barcelona will be champions before they face Levante that evening.
With one eye on next week’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, Ernesto Valverde picked a side with Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Arthur among other regular starters, on the bench.
After a turgid first half, Barcelona stepped up a gear in the second and midfielder Carles Alena sent the Catalans ahead at Mendizorroza after 54 minutes.
Arturo Vidal and Sergio Roberto combined well, the latter threading a pass through to Alena which Luis Suarez cleverly stepped over, allowing the 21-year-old to coolly slot home.
Suarez added the second from the penalty spot after Tomas Pina’s handball was spotted by VAR, putting Barcelona in touching distance of their 26th league title.
Samuel Umtiti bundled home from an offside position but after VAR ruled out the defender’s goal, the handball by Pina was penalised.
Valverde brought on Messi, Alba and Arthur in the final stages to help Barcelona see the game out, with title celebrations poised for Saturday, or sooner. Alaves are eighth.
“We started well, we could have gone ahead in the first half,” said Alena.
“It took a superb move (to break through), a great ball by Sergi that Luis left for me. He saw me coming behind him and he’s such a world class player that he was aware of my movement.
“Let’s wait and see what Atletico do tomorrow. If they fail, we’re champions. I think we deserve this title, we’ve been the best team.”
Earlier, Huesca beat Eibar 2-0 to move 19th, while Real Valladolid climbed to 15th with a 1-0 win over Girona, leaving their visitors in 17th place.

Late Christian Eriksen goal secures win for Tottenham; Southampton held at Watford

Christian Eriksen’s 88th minute goal finally broke Brighton and Hove Albion’s brave resistance to give Tottenham Hotspur a precious 1-0 victory in their quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Until the Danish playmaker’s low shot from just outside the penalty area whizzed across the lush turf and past Mat Ryan, it seemed Brighton had withstood a second-half siege and would escape with a priceless point in their relegation battle.
Chris Hughton’s side erected a green wall in front of Tottenham for more or less the entire game, leaving the home fans groaning in frustration — none more so than when Toby Alderweireld’s shot with 20 minutes remaining hit the inside of the post and rolled across the face of goal.
In his desperation, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino even sent on outcast Dutch striker Vincent Janssen in the 80th minute for his first action of the season.
But in the end it was Eriksen who punctured Brighton’s armour from Tottenham’s 29th goal attempt — 21 of which were from outside the penalty area.
It secured a fourth win from four matches in all competitions for Tottenham inside their magnificent new stadium and more importantly it lifted them three points above fourth-placed Chelsea with three games to go and four ahead of Arsenal who have played one game less. Tottenham are six clear of Manchester United.
“I had a few warm-up shots before the goal. I hit it well and saw it fly in,” Eriksen told Sky Sports.
“It is a very, very good feeling, a tough game, a lot of chances, they sat deep, it is difficult to play against 10 or 11 in the box.
“We saw the other results so we knew what was at stake. To stay in our place we had to win, there was no other option.”
Brighton have now gone six games without a goal, losing five of those games, and will enter their last three games only three points above third-from-bottom Cardiff City.
Ominously they also have Arsenal and Manchester City still to play, after hosting Newcastle United this weekend.
Despite their loss at Manchester City on Saturday, results fell kindly for Tottenham with surprise weekend defeats for Arsenal and Manchester United and a draw for Chelsea on Monday.
They knew a win would go a long way to securing a top-four finish, but Brighton, scrapping for their top-flight lives, were never going to make things easy for the hosts.
Sluggish Tottenham struggled to carve out chances in the first half although Lucas Moura had a shot cleared off the line by Brighton defender Lewis Dunk and Dele Alli almost scored on the stroke of halftime but his toe-poke was kept out by Ryan.
In a rare attack, Shane Duffy should have scored for Brighton just after the break but he headed straight at Hugo Lloris after finding himself unmarked at the far post.
After that the game was played almost exclusively at the other end in front of Tottenham’s steepling south stand as the hosts cranked up the tempo.
Alli fired over, Danny Rose’s dipping effort forced Ryan into a great save and Son Heung-min also spurned a chance while Alderweireld’s shot against the upright summed up Tottenham’s night as Brighton’s defenders threw their bodies on the line.
Pochettino described the win as an “amazing three points” while Hughton said it was heartbreaking to concede so late.
“The longer the game went on I thought we were going to hold out for a point,” Hughton said.
Long scores fastest Premier League goal but Saints held at Watford
Southampton striker Shane Long struck the fastest goal in Premier League history, inside seven seconds, but his team conceded a last-minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Watford on Tuesday.
The draw leaves the Saints still with work to do to guarantee their Premier League survival. Southampton are on 37 points, six ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff City, who occupy the final relegation slot, with three games remaining.
It should be enough for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, especially after 17th-placed Brighton lost 1-0 at Tottenham on Tuesday, to fall three points behind Southampton.
But the reaction of the Saints players, who fell to the floor at the final whistle, reflected the bitter blow of conceding an Andre Gray goal in the 90th minute.
Irish striker Long wrote his name in the record books when he charged down a Craig Cathcart clearance before running through on goal and lobbing the ball calmly over goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Long snatched the record from former Tottenham defender Ledley King, who scored after 9.9 seconds against Bradford in 2000.
Southampton could have had a second before the break when Nathan Redmond struck the post after breaking into the box on the right.
Watford keeper Ben Foster also produced a fine save to keep out a James Ward-Prowse free-kick aimed at the bottom corner and keep the lead to a single goal.
But Watford striker Gray, who had gone close twice only to be foiled by Saints keeper Angus Gunn, pounced on a loose ball to find the target from close range in the final minute of normal time.
Watford moved above Everton into seventh place to keep up their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League. The Hornets are also in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Southampton’s remaining fixtures are at home to Bournemouth, away to West Ham United and at home to already-relegated Huddersfield.

Hip injury forces Simona Halep to pull out of Stuttgart Open

World number two Simona Halep said she has been forced to withdraw from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after suffering a hip injury in the Fed Cup over the weekend.
Halep sustained the injury in the Fed Cup semi-finals when she beat France’s Caroline Garcia on Sunday. The win was in vain as France won the tie and advanced to the final.
“It was against Garcia in the first set, when I fell down,” Halep told reporters on Tuesday. “I felt pain in the hip. If I’m not 100 percent I don’t want to step on the court. “I’m also exhausted mentally because I gave my everything in that tie but unfortunately we couldn’t win. That’s why I decided to pull out, because I have to think about my health first.
“It feels bad because I gave everything, I really wanted to win the Fed Cup. I’ve been very sad the last two days, I just need to recover mentally and physically and then just start again.” Halep’s withdrawal means she will now rely on next month’s clay court tournaments in Madrid and Rome to prepare for her defence of the French Open title.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, also pulled out through illness. As a result of the withdrawals, Germany’s Angelique Kerber moved into the position of the second seed to get a bye to the second round.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka will now play Russia’s Vera Zvonareva while Croatia’s Donna Vekic takes on Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone.