Manchester City has climbed to second place in the Premier League. Coach Pep Guardiola‘s team won 4-0 at Crystal Palace.
Like Leicester City, City has 35 points, two less than city mate and rival Manchester United, but has also played a match less. United played 0-0 on Sunday with Liverpool, which follows with 34 points.
The home team came to 1-0 in the 26th minute via John Stones. He headed in on a front move by Kevin De Bruyne. In the second half, Ilkay Gündogan made the second for City. From a falling corner, the German midfielder took the ball and curled it in the right corner. Stones then made his second hit. Again from a corner he shot out of the rebound into the 3-0. Raheem Sterling made it 4-0 out of a free kick.
Jaïro Riedewald joined Crystal Palace in the second half. Patrick van Aanholt stayed on the bench for the whole game.
Liverpool and Manchester United undecided
The topper between Liverpool and Manchester United turned out to be a rather disappointing match with few chances. Orange-international Donny van de Beek remained on the reserve bench at Manchester United for the first time after 34 minutes.
Liverpool, with the Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum 89 minutes on the field, also created little. Manchester United got a big chance a fifteen minutes ahead of time through Bruno Fernandes, but goalkeeper Alisson Becker saved. Fernandes was fairly close to a hit for rest via a free kick.
Manchester hasn’t won in Anfield five times in a row. In those duels, the club scored only one goal. Liverpool hasn‘t scored three consecutive league matches.
Manchester United is a leader with 37 points after 18 matches, followed by Leicester City with 35 points and Liverpool with 34 points.
“ We grew in the match and we could have won by the end,” said Manchester-trainer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “We created two huge opportunities. They were two brilliant rescues from the goalkeeper.”
About the game was Solskjaer less satisfied. “We can do better than this, we know that. We had to defend a lot today. Sometimes we need to calm down when we get the ball. I’m a little disappointed at the moment, but a point now can be fine if we win the next game again.”