Man Utd beat Liverpool to mantain the 7 points gap with City

Manchester United kept a firm grip on the Premier League title race with a deserved victory against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The meeting had been billed as the battle of the strikers between Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Liverpool counterpart Luis Suarez.

And it was Van Persie who made the decisive contribution as he put United ahead with a brilliant first-half finish then provided the free-kick for the second after 54 minutes as Patrice Evra's header deflected in off Nemanja Vidic.

Liverpool's £12m signing from Chelsea Daniel Sturridge scored for the second successive game after coming on as substitute to give Brendan Rodgers's side hope and set up an anxious finish for United.

Sturridge missed a glorious chance to give Liverpool a point that their inferiority for the first hour barely deserved, but United closed out the win to mantain 7 points clear at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.

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Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City

Arsenal couldn't overcome a man deficit for most of the match today, after Laurent Koscielny was sent off early for a last-man tackle in the penalty area, and Manchester City's two goals held up against a spirited Arsenal second half.

After United's 2-1 win over Liverpool earlier in the day, the pressure was on Roberto Mancini's men to deliver or fall potentially out of the title race.

Referee Mike Dean sent off Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny for wrestling Edin Dzeko to the floor, and although the Bosnian saw his penalty saved, via the post, City - who last won in the league at Arsenal in 1975 - took command with first-half goals from James Milner and then a tap-in for Dzeko.

Arsenal, who lost more ground on the top four, regrouped after the break, but were not able to find a way back into the game, even when City captain Vincent Kompany was sent off with 15 minutes left for a two-footed tackle on Jack Wilshere.


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