United stun City, as Merseyside derby ends all square

On Saturday, both the Merseyside and Manchester derbies took place. The games were very different in their meaning and style. The Manchester derby produced an exciting spectacle, while the Merseyside derby was a non-event.

Manchester City have one hand on the Premier League title and looked set to seal their title triumph with a win against bitter rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. With half an hour, the Citizens were two goals up courtesy of efforts from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.

The Citizens would have been out of sight but for two poor finishes by winger Raheem Sterling when through on goal. United could only get better in the second half and boy did they improve.

After just ten minutes of the second half, the Red Devils were level. Paul Pogba struck the visitors first on 53 minutes, before heading home a second just two minutes later. The goals were the first the Frenchman had scored against a top-six rival.

Jose Mourinho’s side completed the incredible turnaround on 69 minutes. Alexis Sanchez fired in a free-kick from the right and Chris Smalling stuck out a foot to volley past Ederson.

City applied late pressure on the Red Devils defence. However, the visitor’s defence held tight. Pep Guardiola’s side are still 13 points clear of their Manchester rivals at the top of the table.

Elsewhere up the M62, Everton and Liverpool played out a goalless draw at Goodison Park. Liverpool saw efforts from Dominic Solanke and James Milner saved by Jordan Pickford, while at the other end Loris Karius kept out a Yannick Bolasie effort.

Everton looked the more likely to score late on. Cenk Tosun saw a header go agonisingly wide, with full-back Seamus Coleman within a foot of poking home. England under-21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin should have given the Toffees the lead late on. However, the striker fired wide when left completely unmarked in the penalty area.

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