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

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

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

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

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

Football: United win feisty Manchester derby as Liverpool secure Christmas No 1
Football: United win feisty 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: Liverpool romping clear as City lose at United

Football: Liverpool romping clear as City lose at United

LONDON: Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title since 1990 on Saturday when their 3-0 win at Bournemouth combined with Manchester United's 2-1 victory at Manchester City to leave the champions 14 points adrift of the Premier League leaders.

With second-placed Leicester, who play on Sunday, 11 points behind Liverpool, Juergen Klopp's side are quoted as odds-on to finally secure the silverware that has eluded them for so long.

On a dramatic league day, individual honours went to Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min, who dribbled almost the length of the pitch to score in his side's 5-0 rout of Burnley, and Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson who inspired a 3-1 win over Chelsea in his first game in charge.

United, who beat Spurs in midweek, blew City away with a dazzling first-half performance at the Etihad, which was capped by a VAR-awarded Marcus Rashford penalty and a strike from Anthony Martial.

Although David De Gea had to be at his sharpest to keep City at bay after the interval, when City scored through Nicolas Otamendi, United were well worth their victory - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first as player or manager in a Manchester derby.

The only sour note for United, who are now fifth, came in the second half when midfielder Fred appeared to be hit by a missile thrown from the crowd as he went to take a corner in front of agitated City supporters. The Brazilian was not seriously hurt.

Liverpool, who won 4-0 on their previous two visits to Bournemouth, again shuffled their side, making seven changes from the midweek Merseyside derby.

Two of Liverpool's lesser lights, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, responded with goals before Mohamed Salah completed the formalities in a win which saw Liverpool keep a clean sheet for the first time in 14 games.

An injury sustained by defender Dejan Lovren was the only blot on Liverpool's day but Klopp said he was hoping it was just a touch of cramp.

At Goodison Park, Everton looked nothing like the side who had subsided so abjectly at Liverpool, obviously re-energised by the fiery presence of Ferguson in place of Marco Silva in the dressing-room.

FERGUSON REWARDED FOR CHANGES

The Scot's decision to switch formation was instantly rewarded with a goal for Richarlison before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added a double to send the crowd wild.

Although Ferguson said he had thoroughly enjoyed his first game in charge, he will not be asking for the job full-time.

"Honestly, I won't be going asking for the job. I'm just here for Everton. It was an unbelievable experience; one I'll never forget. We want the very best managers in the world at Everton Football Club. It's one game. It's one result."

The win moved Everton away from the relegation zone, with most of their rivals playing on Sunday.

At the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, Spurs delivered exactly the sort of response to their defeat at Manchester United that manager Jose Mourinho wanted.

Although Harry Kane scored twice to make it eight goals in nine games against Burnley, Son took the headlines with a superb effort that started just outside his own area and saw the South Korean slalom through half the opposition before slotting home from inside the box.

Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko completed the scoring against a Burnley side who have conceded nine goals in four days.

"Sonny stole the show today," said Kane, who is not often overshadowed in front of goal. "An unbelievable goal, a great counter attack. All he wants to do is work hard and play for the team. He has great quality and works hard for the team."

Struggling Watford ended a string of three straight defeats against Crystal Palace in a scrappy game watched by their incoming manager Nigel Pearson, whose first game in charge could not be harder - a trip to Liverpool next Saturday.

City and police probe racial incident in Manchester derby

City and police probe racial incident in Manchester derby

MANCHESTER, England: Manchester City said they were investigating a fan for alleged "racial gestures" made during Saturday's 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

Television images circulating on social media showed a City fan making a gesture in front of United's Brazilian midfielder Fred during the Premier League game.

"Manchester City FC are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures during the second half of the match against Manchester United this evening," the club said.

"Officials from the club are working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned and assist with their enquiries."

The club said they were also working with police to identify fans who threw objects on to the field when Fred was taking a corner in front of them.

Fred appeared to have been struck by at least one object.

"The club operates a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind, and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life," added the City statement.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said midfielder Jesse Lingard had also been targeted.

"I've seen it on the video, it was Jesse and Fred and the fella must be ashamed of himself. It's unacceptable and I hope he will not be watching any football anymore."

Anti-racist campaign group Kick it Out said on Twitter that they had received a high number of complaints about incidents at the game.

"We have been inundated with reports of alleged racist abuse from a number of individuals during this evening's Manchester Derby," said the group.

"We will be contacting both clubs to offer our support and hope swift action is taken to identify the offenders."

(Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Clare Fallon)

Iran to unveil new generation of enrichment centrifuges soon

Iran to unveil new generation of enrichment centrifuges soon

DUBAI: Iran will unveil a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges, the deputy head of Iran's nuclear agency Ali Asghar Zarean told State TV on Saturday.

"In the near future we will unveil a new generation of centrifuges that are domestically made," said Zarean, without elaborating.

In September, Iran said it had started developing centrifuges to speed up the enrichment of uranium as part of steps to reduce compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal following the withdrawal of the United States.

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