Manchester United held on to the highest spot within the Premier League after Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker compelled them to accept a 0-Zero draw, whereas Manchester City powered into second place with a 4-Zero rout of Crystal Palace on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet had the higher possibilities in a surprisingly subdued conflict between two of English soccer’s bitterest rivals. Alisson saved effectively from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba within the second half, however neither facet deserved to win. United are two factors away from second positioned Manchester City, who’ve a sport in hand, and third positioned Leicester.
Champions Liverpool are an extra level again in fourth.
United are prime after the New Year for the primary time since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 because of 9 wins in a 12-match unbeaten run.
Leaving Anfield unscathed is a stable end result as they chase a primary title in eight years, however United may really feel it was a missed alternative to pile strain on injury-hit Liverpool given their latest struggles.
“It’s only a good result if we win the next game. It was an opportunity missed with the chances we had but then again we were playing a very good side,” Solskjaer mentioned.
“I think we grew in the game and toward the end it was there for us to win. We created two massive chances and it was two brilliant saves by the keeper.”
It is the primary time these two previous foes have been concerned in a title race collectively since 2009.
But there was little really feel of a seismic encounter as each groups largely performed with the handbrake on at an empty and silent Anfield.
Liverpool are effectively wanting the dynamic kind that carried them to the title final season and the Champions League in 2019.
Jurgen Klopp’s group have now gone 4 league video games with out a win and are with out a purpose of their final three top-flight matches.
“There is no easy explanation. We always missed chances, even in the games we won, we just had another one which we used,” Klopp mentioned.
“We had to be good to get a point. I think we were good enough to get three points but we didn’t score.”
The draw at Anfield was the right end result for City, who took benefit on the Etihad Stadium with their fifth successive league victory.
Pep Guardiola’s group scored within the 26th minute when Kevin De Bruyne’s majestic cross with the skin of his foot picked out John Stones and the defender headed his first Premier League purpose for City.
City, unbeaten of their final 15 video games in all competitions, doubled their lead 11 minutes into the second half when Ilkay Gundogan curled into the highest nook.
Stones struck once more within the 68th minute, blasting dwelling after Ruben Dias’ header was saved, and Raheem Sterling made it 4 with an 88th minute free-kick.
“We were so stable. It’s an important victory,” Guardiola mentioned. “We attempt to play the identical means we’ve in the previous few seasons and within the again 4 we do not make errors. Last yr was the worst.
“If there’s one participant I’m greater than happy that the whole lot goes effectively, it is John Stones. He deserves it.”
Tanguy Ndombele’s beautiful strike sealed Tottenham’s 3-1 win at Sheffield United.
Jose Mourinho’s facet took an early lead via a uncommon purpose from Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier.
Harry Kane’s 19th purpose of the season elevated Tottenham’s benefit earlier than half-time.
David McGoldrick received one again for backside of the desk United within the second half, however Ndombele’s chic lob, flicked over his shoulder from an acute angle, wrapped up the factors.
Ndombele’s high-quality kind is a stark distinction to his struggles in his first season after arriving from Lyon, with Mourinho admitting the participant needed to change his mindset to get again on monitor.
“He is unbelievable. For me typically you may rating an incredible purpose remoted out of your efficiency. In this case the purpose confirmed his efficiency. It was actually, actually good,” Mourinho mentioned.
Fifth positioned Tottenham are on a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions after profitable at Bramall Lane for the primary time since 1975.
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