The midweek fixtures apparently were a showdown of duo Manchester returning to the title race after the last time in 2017/18 season. The Red Devils claimed the top of the table again from Leicester which led a day before. The away victory against Fulham helped them topple the Foxes. Despite conceding first by Adebola Lookman on 5th minute, Ole Solskjaer’s men equalised on 21st minute by Edison Cavani who took advantage of the deflection from Fulham goalie and his former teammate in PSG, Alphonse Areola. Their winning goal came on the 65th minute, the Frenchman Paul Pogba once again was the hero after his curling shot sealed Man United’s three points. They are now collecting 40 points from 19 games, leaving Liverpool six points behind.
Fulham vs Manchester United 1-2
Goals: Adebola Lookman (5); Edison Cavani (21), Paul Pogba (65)
Fulham: Alphonse Areola – Tosan Adarabioyo, Joachim Andersen, Ola Aina (Alexander Mitrovic 83) – Kenny Tete, Joe Bryan, Frank Zambo-Anguissa (Mario Lemina 79), Reed – Ivan Cavaleiro (Aboubakar Kamara 71), Robin Loftus-Creek, Adebola Lookman.
Manchester United: David de Gea – Eric Baily, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Harry Macguire, Luke Shaw – Fred, Paul Pogba – Anthony Martial (Scott McTominay 85), Bruno Fernandes (Nemanja Matic 94), Marcus Rashford (Mason Greenwood 85) – Edison Cavani
Their noisy neighbour, Manchester City, turns out to be their potential threat instead of the reigning Champions. Pep Guardiola’s men are sitting on the second with 38 points with extra one match in hand. Last Wednesday, they clinched another win while hosting Aston Villa. It was a tight affair before the Portuguese international Bernardo Silva netted an opener on 79th minute. It was his first goal of the season. The second goal came from a penalty which was well-executed by the German international Ilkay Gundogan. It is the ninth consecutive win for Kevin de Bruyne and Co.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa 2-0
Goals: Bernardo Silva (79), Ilkay Gundogan (90)
Manchester City: Ederson – John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker (Olexander Zichenko 28) – Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne (Gabi Jesus 59) – Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling (Riyad Mahrez 72)
Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez – Matt Targett (Neil Taylor 75), Matthew Cash, Ngoyo, Tyron Mings – John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley (Jacob Ramsey 68), Bertrand Traore (Anwar El Ghazi 68)