Manchester City must put the champagne again on ice after Aston Villa fell to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Regardless of dropping to Chelsea on Saturday night, the Residents might have been topped Premier League champions had Villa managed to drag off an unlikely win.
It appeared on the playing cards after Bertrand Traore gave the hosts the lead at Villa Park with a sensational end, just for Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood after which Edinson Cavani to safe three valuable factors for United.
If United can beat each Leicester and Liverpool, then City could have the prospect to win the title in opposition to Newcastle United on Friday at St James Park.
Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will certainly really feel as if the Premier League is a foregone conclusion, they nonetheless have these big video games in opposition to groups vying for European glory and may successfully kill off the Reds’ Champions League desires with a win on Thursday at Outdated Trafford.
For Villa, the earlier Jack Grealish returns the higher. With out their talismanic captain, the hosts appeared devoid of concepts in assault and it appears midtable is a good reflection of their second season again within the prime flight.
It began so nicely when Bertrand Traore gave Villa the lead within the first half after nice urgent by John McGinn in United’s half noticed a turnover in possession. Douglas Luiz collected and confirmed nice composure to slide the ball into Traore.
Together with his again to objective, the previous Ajax striker flicked it previous the weak problem of Victor Lindelof to fireside an unstoppable end into the highest nook previous the despairing dive of Dean Henderson.
Had the consequence stayed because it was, it could have meant rivals City would have been topped champions as soon as once more – in related vogue to 2018 when a defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Outdated Trafford gifted Pep Guardiola’s males the title.
Undoubtedly the tide turned when Luiz unnecessarily introduced down Paul Pogba within the field, with Fernandes stepping as much as rating. The Portugal worldwide now has 27 targets for the membership in all competitions, probably the most by a midfield participant for a Premier League membership in a single marketing campaign since Frank Lampard for Chelsea in 2009-10.
Villa appeared considerably on the ropes by this level, with the surging Crimson Devils trying to press residence their benefit.
It got here when Mason Greenwood rolled Tyrone Mings expertly and fired previous the dive of Emiliano Martinez on the close to submit to attain his 16th Premier League objective for the membership.
It now means he’s the highest-scoring teenager in United’s Premier League historical past, overtaking Wayne Rooney within the course of.
The job was removed from achieved for United, who noticed Harry Maguire limp off, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka making a implausible restoration sort out to disclaim Ollie Watkins after Keinan Davies unselfishly set the England striker up.
Nevertheless, the factors have been secured when Cavani got here off the bench to indicate off his predatory instincts as soon as once more, nodding previous Martinez to attain his eighth objective in his final video games.
The drama didn’t finish there as Dean Smith’s afternoon went from dangerous to worse when Watkins was proven a second yellow card for diving after Dean Henderson charged on the striker within the field, however the referee decided there was no contact and confirmed him a second yellow.
Solskajer will sweat on the health of Maguire earlier than the video games in opposition to Leicester and Liverpool, with the United captain taking part in each minute of the earlier 71 video games within the Premier League since his debut in August 2019.
But the eye will flip to the Blue half of the town as they shut in on one other title.