Wolves maul Arsenal as Man City roar at Old Trafford

Manchester City yesterday moved back to the top of the English Premier League with a two nil win over City rivals Manchester United and remain in firm contention of the league title.

A defeat would have meant City are no longer in control of their destiny with Liverpool leading at the top. However after a slow first half, City came back after the break all fired up and scored two quick goals through Bernado Silva and Leroy Sane to condemn United to their second defeat in the league in less than a week.

City are now a point ahead of Liverpool with three games to go against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton. On the other hand, Liverpool will face Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

Elsewhere Arsenal’s poor form continued as they were trashed 3-1 by Wolves to further jeopardize their chances of finishing in top four.

The latest round of Champions League hot potato left Arsenal nursing severe scorch marks and Unai Emery surely wondering if his players actually want to finish in the top four.

After a weekend when Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all missed opportunities to seize the initiative, Emery’s team were at it again at Molineux. They lost for a second time in four days and this time in truly chastening style.

Arsenal displayed some of their worst traits to prompt concern for the run-in, but Wolves deserve huge credit for once more leaving a big club bloodied and bruised.

Diogo Jota put the result beyond doubt by adding Wolves' third goal of the night against Arsenal at the end of the first half

A pack of Wolves beat Red Devils denting Man United’s top four finish

Manchester United failed to move to third in the Premier League following a 2-1 loss to Wolves.

United took the lead via Scott McTominay’s 12th minute strike, but the hosts replied through Diogo Jota’s 24th minute effort.  United were reduced to 10 men after Ashley Young’s sending off, before Chris Smalling’s own goal gifted wolves victory.

Diogo Jota played a starring role throughout as Wolves once again proved to get the better of Manchester United on home soil

United remain fifth on the table with 61 points same as Tottenham, and two behind third placed Arsenal. Meanwhile, Fulham were relegated after a 4-1 loss  away to Watford, they follow Huddersfield to the championship.

For the second time in 18 days, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trudged down the touchline at Molineux and offered his congratulations to Nuno Espirito Santo. Same score line, same problems on another miserable night here for the Manchester United manager.

He had described the FA Cup defeat to Wolves last month as the worst performance under him, and there wasn’t a big enough improvement on Tuesday night to change the outcome.

The veteran defender, deployed at centre back, rashly went in on Jota as Mike Dean gave his 100th Premier League red card

Yes, United started well and created enough chances to win. They were also handicapped by the deserved sending-off of captain Ashley Young just before the hour mark.

But they conceded two calamitous goals and were in disarray by the end as Wolves threatened to overrun them again.

This was Solskjaer’s third defeat in four games, and the solitary victory in that sequence was a rather fortuitous one at home to Watford at the weekend.

Suddenly the problems that engulfed his predecessor Jose Mourinho have returned with a vengeance.


FA Cup: Liverpool dumped by Wolves As Arsenal set to host Man United in fourth round

Liverpool have been knocked out of the FA cup after losing 2-1 to Wolves in the third round.

Raul Jimenez opened the scoring for the Wolves in 38th minute before Divock Origi restored parity, six minutes after the break. However, Wolves had the final say thanks to Reuben Neves strike in 55th minute.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s will face Arsenal away in the FA Cup fourth round, with the boss aiming to win the competition for a third time.

Solskjaer was in the starting line-up for United’s semi-final victories over the Gunners in 1999 and 2004.

He went on to lift the trophy with the Old Trafford club on both occasions.

Monday night’s draw confirmed Arsenal as the home team.

It again recreates the classic match-up in the final 40 years ago which Arsenal won 3-2 thanks to Alan Sunderland’s late goal.

fa cup draw

Other notable ties include two all-Premier League clashes — Crystal Palace against Tottenham and Manchester City versus Burnley.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who won the FA Cup under Antonio Conte last season, host either Championship Sheffield Wednesday or League One Luton Town.

Non-League Barnet, the lowest- ranked club left in the competition, were handed a home tie with Brentford.

Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham will face AFC Wimbledon, the League One side they beat 3-1 in the Carabao Cup third round in August.

That saw Pellegrini secure his first win as Hammers boss.

The winner of the replay between Newcastle and Blackburn takes on Watford at home.

Everton face a trip to London to play Millwall.