MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) – Following Sunday’s fixtures, Manchester United maintain its seven point lead in the English Premier League standings.
Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday to extend it lead to 10 points in the EPL standings.
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However, Manchester City defeated Arsenal 2-0 to bring the points back to seven.
“All in all, it was an engrossing game, as we expected in a Manchester United-Liverpool match,” Sir Alex Ferguson told manutd.com. “It’s full of emotion, intensity and it’s great to win.
“It was a magnificent performance in the first half, as well as we’ve played for a long time. It was hard work after they scored, to be honest with you, and I’m just glad we won the match.
“I think winning is important – it doesn’t matter what league position we are in.
“I’ve said many times, it’s a fantastic challenge between the two most successful teams in the country. I think those three points today are very, very important ones.”
So, as of Sunday, Man United lead the league with 55 points, with Man City second on 48. Chelsea are in third place with 41 points, one more than Tottenham, who were held at last-place QPR on Saturday.
Arsenal had to play with ten man for a major part of the game and manager Arsene Wenger was frustrated.
City were also reduced to ten in the second half.
“It was frustrating (to go down to 10 men) but we got away with it (with the penalty miss),” the Arsenal boss said.
“We were down to 10 men with 80 minutes to go and knew it would be a difficult game.
“But we were too timid and did not have enough authority on the game. We let them dictate the game to us and when we went 1-0 down it was difficult.”
Man City boss Roberto Mancini plans to appeal Vincent Kompany’s red card.
“This is not a red card, absolutely not,” he outlined.
“He has one foot in and takes the ball. I think the referee made a mistake.”
He added: “If you play 10 players, it can be difficult.
“We started the game very well, played high up and pressed. We wanted to win this.
“It was easier after the sending off but in the second half we were too soft and missed three or four goals.”
Everton, who are on 37pts, completes the top five team.
The top ten sides are completed by Arsenal, who are on 34pts, West Bromwich (33), Liverpool (31), Swansea City (30) and Stoke City (29).
QPR continues to hold up the English Premier League standings with 14 points, while Reading are in 19th place with 16pts.
Aston Villa struggles continued after a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and they have dropped into the relegation zone in the 18th spot with 19 points, the same as 17th place Wigan.