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Manchester City win at United to take big step toward Premier League title

Manchester City win at United to take big step toward Premier League title

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MANCHESTER, England, -- Manchester City moved back atop of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over rivals United in the Manchester derby. After a tense, goalless first half, Bernardo Silva broke the deadlock with a clever run and finish in the 54th minute before Leroy Sane added a second 12 minutes later.

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Positives

The tension was growing after a mixed display in the first half and City needing the three points to maintain control of the title race. But despite the pressure, City kept their composure, kept control of the game and were ruthless when they finally carved out their opportunities.

-- Man United ratings: De Gea 4/10 as United's slide continues

Negatives

City aren't over the finish line yet and this was another tiring, draining night. Burnley will be up for a scrap on Sunday and Fernandinho will be a big loss for the tussle in midfield if he's ruled out after hobbling off here. Added to the injury of Kevin De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola is short of options to freshen up his midfield and the three players that finished the game may have to carry them through until the end of the season.

Manager rating out of 10

9 -- Pep Guardiola reverted back to their experience of David Silva and Vincent Kompany to handle the big derby atmosphere. City looked short of pace at times in the first half and when he was forced into a switch when Fernandinho limped off, he decided to introduce Leroy Sane. It was a gamble, but with City needing the three points, one worth taking and they instantly looked more of a threat, scoring within minutes.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Ederson, 7 -- Came off his line quickly to make a couple of assertive saves when Marcus Rashford escaped around the back.

DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- Curtailed his forward running in a controlled performance. No problems defensively.

DF Vincent Kompany, 7 -- Had a difficult time early on against the speed of Rashford, taking an early booking, but soon put it behind him.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 8 -- Recovered from his nightmare against Spurs with a composed and strong performance.

DF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 7 -- Looked to help the attack but a silly booking put him under unnecessary pressure.

MF Fernandinho, 7-- Controlled the midfield and helped stopped United's counter-attacking until he was forced off after a huge tackle on Pogba.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 8 -- Struggled to impose himself on the game in the opening 20 minutes but was soon running the game, particularly when he switched to holding midfield.

MF David Silva, 7 -- Drifted into dangerous positions that United couldn't deal with and threaded clever balls through United's compact defence.

FW Bernardo Silva, 9 -- Came up with the crucial opener with a quick run and low drive in another all-action performance.

FW Sergio Aguero, 7 -- Wriggled free of Smalling's touch-tight defending and shaved the post with long-range effort.

FW Raheem Sterling, 8 -- Worried United's full-backs all evening with his ability to go past them in both directions and was unlucky with a clever, dancing run in the first half.

Substitutes

FW Leroy Sane, 8 -- Drilled in City's second as he continued to cause Ashley Young problems.

FW Gabriel Jesus, N/R -- Late change.

DF Danilo, N/R -- Barely got a run out.

Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Wolverhampton to leave their top-four hopes hanging by a thread.

Goals from Ruben Neves, Matthew Doherty and Diogo Jota put Wolves 3-0 up before half-time. A late consolation from Sokratis Papasathopolous was probably more than this insipid Arsenal performance deserved.

Positives

The only real positive for Arsenal on the night is that Manchester United's loss to their local rivals City means that Arsenal still have a shot at finishing in the top four.

It seems ludicrous to propose the idea that Arsenal could win their three remaining games. However, if they do, they will almost certainly be in the mix.

Negatives

Where to begin? Arsenal were as lacking ideas in attack as they were vulnerable in defence. As soon as they conceded the first goal, their heads dropped and they did not look like recovering.

After suffering a disappointing defeat against Crystal Palace, the fans looked for a response from the team tonight. Sadly, they didn't get it.

Manager rating out of 10

5 -- Unai Emery picked an attacking line-up that seemed popular among the fans. However, once the game kicked off, the team looked bereft of ideas. Emery once went an entire season at Sevilla without winning an away game. Perhaps Arsenal are beginning to discover why.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Bernd Leno, 3 -- The German goalkeeper will feel let down by the wall, who turned their back on Neves' free-kick. However, he was certainly culpable on Wolves' second goal, when he came well off his line but got nowhere near the ball. He ought to have done more to keep out Jota's effort too, his slack block instead rounding off his worst performance in an Arsenal shirt.

DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 6 -- It must be tough for Maitland-Niles, who is having to learn his trade as a right-back in this chaotic Arsenal defence.

DF Laurent Koscielny, 6 -- In the last few weeks Koscielny has looked like he is feeling the effects of Arsenal's hectic schedule. Sooner or later he is going to need a rest, as he looks like a player at breaking point.

DF Sokratis Papastathopolous, 5 -- Arsenal fans were optimistic that the Greek centre-half's return at the expense of Mustafi might improve Arsenal at the back. Not so: after Carl Jenkinson at the weekend, it was Sokratis' turn to play the opposition onside from a set-piece. He was also beaten far too easily by Jota in the build-up to the third goal. At least he managed to head home Arsenal's consolation.

DF Nacho Monreal, 5 -- If Sead Kolasinac is not trusted to play as a left-back, then Arsenal will need a younger alternative this summer. Monreal's consistency has deserted him this season as the years have begun to take their toll.

MF Granit Xhaka, 5 -- Back in the team and back giving the ball away in dangerous positions, this was a disappointing performance from the Swiss central midfielder.

MF Lucas Torreira, 5 -- It's difficult to assess Torreira's first season in English football: everything he does looks very tidy, yet it's difficult to mount the case that he provides sufficient cover for the back four.

MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 5 -- Another player it is difficult to understand. He's seemingly incredibly gifted, yet struggles to show his talent with any kind of consistency. It often feels like Arsenal would be better served by having a player with less ability but more reliability.

MF Mesut Ozil, 5 -- Despite having vast amount of possession, Arsenal failed to create any particularly promising goalscoring opportunities from open play. Given that Ozil is revered as one of the best creative midfielders in the world, is it not fair to expect more?

MF Alex Iwobi, 5 -- Although he was probably involved in Arsenal's best bit of interplay in the first play, playing in Monreal before he was fouled on the edge of the area, Iwobi faded as the game wore on. It wasn't a great surprise when he was replaced by youngster Eddie Nketiah.

FW Alexandre Lacazette, 5 -- This was not the best night for Arsenal's French forward. Without his preferred partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he struggled to impose himself. He might have had a penalty but the exaggerated dive after contact prompted the referee to wave play on instead.

Substitutes:

MF Sead Kolasinac 5 -- Introduced for Mkhitaryan (58) but didn't offer much on the left flank.

MF Matteo Guendouzi, 6 -- Came on for Torreira (58) and was busy but ineffective.

FW Eddie Nketiah, 6 -- Introduced for Iwobi (70) and had one of his better outings in the first-team.

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