EPL: Man City’s Title Hopes Suffers Blow, Solskjaer’s Winning Run Ends
Tuesday’s Premier League games failed to provide the kind of results many predicted as far as the Manchester teams are concerned.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle pulled off one of the surprise results of the season by coming from behind to beat Manchester City 2-1 on Tuesday.
City appeared to be in the mood for another demolition; having taken the lead within the first 24 seconds through Sergio Aguero.
But they squandered a lead for the third time this season, thus putting their title defense bid in a precarious state.
City remain four points behind Liverpool, which can extend its lead to seven by beating Leicester at Anfield on Wednesday.
There are just 14 matches for both teams after that.
With Tuesday’s win, Benitez may have done his former team a huge favour in their bid to end a 29-year wait for English soccer’s biggest prize.
It was a disappointing night for Manchester all around.
Manchester United’s interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was looking to become the first coach to win his first seven matches in charge of a Premier League team and continue his perfect start to managerial life at his former club.
That’s one record he won’t be holding after Burnley — a team fighting relegation like Newcastle — surprisingly drew 2-2 at Old Trafford, with United scoring goals in the 87th minute through Paul Pogba’s penalty and the second minute of injury time through Victor Lindelof to salvage a draw.
Still, the way United kept fighting and scored late goals will be viewed as a positive by United’s hierarchy as it weighs up whether to give Solskjaer the job on a full-time basis.
United fell two points behind fifth-place Arsenal, which beat Cardiff 2-1, and fourth-place Chelsea, which plays away to Bournemouth on Wednesday, in the race for the four Champions League qualification spots.
Elsewhere, West Ham were trounced 3-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers while Fulham boosted hopes of avoiding relegation by coming from two goals down after 17 minutes to beat Brighton 4-2.
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