LONDON: Manchester City moved one point clear at the top of the Premier League with just three games to play after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane meant Pep Guardiola’s side, who completed the double over United, have now won 11 top-flight games in a row and once again take the box seat on 89 points in this compelling title race.
After a goalless first half in which City enjoyed the better moments, the champions finally made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute when Bernardo ran at Luke Shaw and unleashed a low shot which beat David De Gea at the near post.
United, who needed victory to boost their hopes of a top-four finish, wasted a glorious chance to level as Jesse Lingard could not convert Marcus Rashford’s cross at the back post.
They were made to pay in the 65th minute as the visitors struck on the counter-attack as Raheem Sterling fed Leroy Sane, who drilled a shot that De Gea failed to keep out.
Man City now face trips to Burnley and Brighton either side of a home clash with Leicester knowing victory in all three will seal back-to-back titles.
Liverpool, who drop to second in their bid to win a first league title since 1990, host Huddersfield next then travel to Newcastle before ending their campaign against Wolves at Anfield. If they win all three they’ll end up with 97 points but incredibly that may not be enough.
City manager Pep Guardiola said: “It’s important to be calm. It’s almost incredible the way it is (at the top). (I will say to the players) don’t read too much, don’t listen, don’t switch on the TV, just lots of rest.
“The second half we had to play to win and we showed we could do it and ended up with victory.”
“Fernandinho had problems in both legs and that’s why we changed (for Sane). Gundogan took a kick in the first half and with Fernandinho we will see tomorrow.”
Arsenal’s away form remains their Achilles heel in their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League after they lost 3-1 at Wolves.
A draw would have been good enough for the Gunners to go above London rivals Chelsea and take the last Champions League qualification place, but first-half goals from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota set Wolves on their way to a 3-1 win.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed a reply late on but Unai Emery’s side have won just six times on the road this season and still face tricky trips to Leicester and Burnley.