MANCHESTER CITY held their nerve in the Premier League title race, beating local rivals United 2-0 at Old Trafford last night to put themselves in pole position with three games remaining.
Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane struck priceless goals in the second half to put Pep Guardiola’s men a point clear of rivals Liverpool at the top of the table. After winning their game in hand City, who next go to Burnley on Sunday, have the fate of the title firmly in their hands.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded to Sunday’s humbling 4-0 defeat at Everton by making five changes to his line-up.
And the hosts played well in the first period, with Jesse Lingard volleying one chance wide. At the other end, David de Gea saved well from both Bernardo and Raheem Sterling.
Champions City raised their game after the break, and within nine minutes Bernardo broke the deadlock on his 100th appearance for the club, driving a fierce shot inside De Gea’s near post.
Twelve minutes later, Sane doubled City’s advantage, blasting a shot that deflected in off an out of sorts De Gea.
City boss Guardiola told Sky Sports: ‘It’s important to be calm. We are still not champions with three games left.
‘Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one [who wins it].’
Elsewhere last night, Arsenal suffered a blow in the top-four race as they were beaten 3-1 at Wolves. Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota scored to send the hosts seventh.