Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1 | Rampant Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 to lock down the Christmas number one spot ahead of Saturday's (Dec 7) Manchester derby as Jose Mourinho's Tott

Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1

Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1

Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1

Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1

Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1

Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1
Football: United win Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1
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LONDON: Manchester United delivered a potentially fatal blow to Manchester City's Premier League title hopes on Saturday (Dec 7) after leaders Liverpool secured the Christmas number one spot with victory against Bournemouth.

Defending champions City came into the match at the Etihad Stadium knowing they had to win after Jurgen Klopp's men coasted to a 3-0 victory on England's south coast but they succumbed to United's lightning-quick attacks, losing 2-1.

Earlier, Jose Mourinho's Tottenham blitzed Burnley 5-0, with Son Heung-min scoring a sensational individual goal, while fourth-placed Chelsea went down 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park.

City's fourth league defeat of the season leaves them 14 points behind Liverpool, who have won 15 of their 16 league games. No side has ever gone on to win the title after being as many points behind the top side at the end of a day.

But the match was overshadowed by unsavoury incidents, with United midfielder Fred hit by objects thrown from the crowd and footage on social media appearing to show a City fan making monkey chants.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United started the evening match buoyed by their victory against Spurs in midweek and were immediately on the front foot, pouring forward at frightening pace.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute and Anthony Martial doubled the visitors' lead six minutes later.

City came back strongly and eventually their pressure paid off, with Nicolas Otamendi's late header sparking a frantic wave of City attacks but they failed to find an equaliser and United moved up to fifth in the table.

"We'll remember this one. We look so dangerous when we get the ball and go forward against arguably the best team in the world," Solskjaer told the BBC.

"They are an unbelievable team and to get a result and defend like we did and create as many chances ... we should have been three or four up but for some good goalkeeping."

A disappointed Pep Guardiola, whose side remained in third spot, said it was "not time" to think about the title race.

"We have to think about what we have to do and think about the next game," he told Sky Sports. "Doesn't matter if six, eight or 14 points we have to continue. We are a fantastic team."

City said in a swiftly issued statement that they were aware of the allegedly racist video circulating on social media and of objects being thrown and were working with the police.

LIVERPOOL STROLL

Klopp's team earlier widened the gulf at the top of the table to 11 points, with second-placed Leicester not in action until Sunday, meaning Liverpool cannot be caught by Dec 25.

Klopp, mindful of a fixture pile-up for his side, made seven changes from the 5-2 midweek victory against Everton as they chase their first top-flight domestic title for 30 years.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for the European champions and Liverpool made it 2-0 just before the break when Naby Keita played a fine one-two with Mohamed Salah and finished from close range, with Keita turning provider for Salah in the 54th minute.


It was Liverpool's first clean sheet in any match since late September.

"Yes, it was (perfect), 100 per cent," said the manager. "We scored wonderful goals, we had more chances and did really well and we were really uncomfortable to play against.

"From 3-0 on we controlled the game absolutely. The players didn't like it too much, they wanted to be really loud in these moments but I didn't want to see any unnecessary risk."

SON STUNNER FOR SPURS

Spurs flew out of the blocks at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Harry Kane scored twice and there were also goals for Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko but it was Son's goal that caught the eye.


With Spurs already 2-0 up, Son stole the show just after the half hour, running from deep inside his own half past a host of Burnley defenders and capping the astonishing burst with an ice-cool finish.

Everton made it three defeats in four Premier League games for Chelsea thanks to an early strike from Brazil forward Richarlison and two goals from England under-21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Former Everton player Duncan Ferguson was in charge of the Toffees for the first time as interim boss after the sacking of Marco Silva.

Watford, who appointed former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson as their new manager on Friday, were unable to force their second win of the season, drawing 0-0 with Crystal Palace.

Football: City title hopes in tatters after derby loss to United

Football: City title hopes in tatters after derby loss to United

MANCHESTER, England: Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were in tatters after suffering a 2-1 derby defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday, leaving Pep Guardiola's champions 14 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Goals from Marcus Rashford (penalty) and Anthony Martial put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side 2-0 up at the break and City only pulled one back in the 85th minute through Nicolas Otamendi.

United went ahead in the 23rd minute when a VAR review ruled that Bernardo Silva had brought down Rashford inside the box and the United striker kept his cool to convert from the spot.

Rashford missed a good chance to double the lead, curling wide from a promising position and with United ripping open the City defence the England forward struck the bar with a lofted shot from the edge of the box.

The second goal wasn't long in coming, however, Martial squeezing home a low, left-foot shot after a swift exchange with Dan James.

City felt they should have had a penalty before the break when Fred slid in to block a low pull-back from Kyle Walker with the home players feeling the ball struck his arm but the VAR review backed referee Anthony Taylor's judgement.

Guardiola's side were on top for most of the second half but it was not until the 85th minute when Otamendi headed in a corner that the hosts were able to find a way through.

United's Brazilian midfielder Fred appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd while taking a corner in the second half.

Football: Attacking trio lead PSG to win over Montpellier

Football: Attacking trio lead PSG to win over Montpellier

PARIS: Paris St Germain's formidable attacking trio sprung into life after the break to give the Ligue 1 leaders a 3-1 comeback win at 10-man Montpellier on Saturday.

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi found the back of the net in the space of eight minutes after Montpellier's Pedro Mendes was sent off in the 72nd minute as the French champions extended their lead at the top to eight points.

PSG have 39 points from 16 games with second-placed Olympique de Marseille on 31, after a match that was interrupted for a few minutes when visiting keeper Keylor Navas was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from the stands.

Montpellier, who opened the scoring in the first half courtesy of a Leandro Paredes own goal, are eighth on 24 points from 17 games.

In-form Angel Di Maria started on the substitutes' bench with coach Thomas Tuchel fielding Mbappe, Neymar and Icardi up front.

PSG lost two players to injuries in the opening 25 minutes, with centre back Presnel Kimpembe and midfielder Idrissa Gueye limping off the pitch due to muscle problems.

They were replaced by Abdou Diallo and Tanguy Kouassi as the visitors struggled to find their rhythm.

Montpellier were rewarded for their domination four minutes before the interval when Paredes deflected Daniel Congre's header into his own net.

PSG had not managed a single shot on target in the first half and they continued to struggle until Mendes picked up a second yellow card for a tackle on Neymar.

The Brazilian found the top corner from the resulting free kick in the 74th minute before quickly setting Mbappe up for the second, the French international netting with a low cross shot.

Five minutes later, Mbappe found Icardi in the area with a fine whipped cross and the Argentine striker beat Geronimo Rulli with a low shot.

Football: Napoli extend winless run to nine games with draw at Udinese

Football: Napoli extend winless run to nine games with draw at Udinese

MILAN: Troubled Napoli extended their winless run to nine matches in all competitions, piling more pressure on beleaguered coach Carlo Ancelotti, when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.

Seven of those matches have been in the league, making it their longest winless run in Serie A since early 2010. It was a typical performance by Napoli who dominated the match but struggled to turn their possession into clear-cut chances.

Udinese went ahead with a goal which started with a Napoli corner. The ball was cleared upfield and Seko Fofana sent Kevin Lasagna clear to beat Alex Meret and open the scoring in the 32nd minute.

Napoli's pressure finally paid off in the 69th minute when they won possession on the edge of the Udinese area and Piotr Zielinksi placed his shot wide of Juan Musso to equalise.

But they could not find a winner and were left in stuck in seventh place with 21 points, eight short of the top four where they would need to finish to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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