BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Manchester United deliver an emphatic win against their City rivals while Arsenal and Chelsea win barely at relegation threatened opposition.
Manchester United retained the third position in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-2 win over local rivals Manchester City on Sunday. The loss was City’s second consecutive loss which is stark in contrast to their neighbors Manchester United who have been undefeated in their last 6 consecutive games.
The guests took the lead first in the 8th minute through Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero who tapped in a David Silva cross. However, English winger Ashley Young equalized six minutes later after knocking in a rebound after City keeper Joe Hart punched his initial effort. Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini put Manchester United ahead after heading in an Ashley Young cross in the 27th minute. Juan Mata added insult to injury with a subtle finish in the 67th minute to make it 3-1.The final nail in the coffin was driven in by Chris Smalling off a Juan Mata corner in the 73rd minute while Aguero got himself another goal in the 89th minute but it was a little too late.
Elsewhere, on Saturday Arsenal labored to a 1-0 win at Turf Moor stadium against Burnley with Aaron Ramsey scored the all-important goal in the first half. The win maintained Arsenal’s unbeaten streak to 8 games and maintained their grip on second place and an automatic Champions league qualification berth while Burnley’s relegation woes are compounded as they find themselves increasingly in danger.
In the early Sunday fixture, Cesc Fabregas was the hero as he scored an 87th minute goal to give Chelsea victory against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road stadium in London. This maintained Chelsea’s grip on the top spot seven points clear of Arsenal in second place.