MANCH­ESTER UTD CHELSEA BURN­LEY MANCH­ESTER CITY 1 1 0 1 Close call as City re­claim top spot by finest mar­gins LE­ICES­TER CITY AR­SE­NAL 3 0

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Sol­sk­jaer stands by De Gea de­spite slip-up cost­ing United spot­light for the right rea­sons for so long, now he’s go­ing through a pe­riod where he prob­a­bly feels he could have done bet­ter. “I don’t have any wor­ries about him be­cause he’s a strong char­ac­ter. “Of course I’ll sit down and speak to David as I’ve done when he’s played well. But he’s not the rea­son why we’re in the sixth po­si­tion at the mo­ment. “You can­not say there is any com­pla­cency, David is not the type to sit down and be com­pla­cent. He is a com­peti­tor and he wants to be the best. “David knows he could have done bet­ter with the goal, there’s no rea­son to hide that, but there’s no chance any of us will point fin­gers be­cause he’s saved us so many times.” England striker Mar­cus Rash­ford was with­drawn mid­way through the sec­ond half be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury while Sol­sk­jaer con­firmed Eric Bailly’s sea­son was over after he awk­wardly twisted his knee shortly af­ter­wards. The French­man was seen leav­ing Old Traf­ford on crutches with his right knee in a heavy brace. Sol­sk­jaer added: “Eric, it’s a bad knee in­jury, hope­fully it’s not the worst case. But I’m sure we won’t see him any more this sea­son un­for­tu­nately.” can­celling out Juan Mata’s opener on his 31st birth­day. De Gea made a fine save from Gon­zalo Higuain in the dy­ing sec­onds but the ma­jor talk­ing point was his lat­est blun­der, fol­low­ing on from mis­takes against Manch­ester City in mid­week and Barcelona ear­lier this month. United’s hopes of a top-four Pre­mier League fin­ish are out of their hands with this re­sult though Sol­sk­jaer, who pub­licly backed De Gea be­fore this week­end, was loathe to place too much blame on his cus­to­dian. Sol­ska­jer said: “He’s been in the MARTIN McMIL­LAN AT OLD TRAF­FORD Le­ices­ter boss Bren­dan Rodgers chats to Jamie Vardy MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer remains stead­fast in his sup­port of David De Gea de­spite an­other high-pro­file mis­take from the fal­ter­ing goal­keeper. The Spa­niard was cul­pa­ble for Chelsea’s lev­eller in the 1-1 draw at Old Traf­ford, par­ry­ing a long-range An­to­nio Rudi­ger shot which let Mar­cos Alonso steal in and score, Emery looks to Europe as Rodgers lauds Le­ices­ter STEVE NAILOR AT TURF MOOR SER­GIO Aguero scram­bled a vi­tal win­ner as Manch­ester City re­claimed top spot in the Pre­mier League with a hard-fought vic­tory at Burn­ley. The cham­pi­ons ben­e­fited from goalline tech­nol­ogy as top scorer Aguero was ruled to have forced the ball over the line by a mere 29.5mm just after the hour on a tense af­ter­noon at Turf Moor. The re­sult took City a point clear of Liver­pool with just two games re­main­ing for each side in a a com­pelling ti­tle race. Aguero’s win­ner came as re­ward for a sus­tained spell of sec­ond-half pres­sure but the con­test was far from straight­for­ward. City were dis­jointed in the first half as Burn­ley con­tin­u­ally broke up play and pre­vented the vis­i­tors from set­tling. The long balls from deep also gave City’s de­fence a dif­fer­ent prob­lem to con­tend than they have ex­pe­ri­enced re­cently. Vin­cent Kom­pany was prob­a­bly re­tained in the side by Pep Guardi­ola to deal with this di­rect ap­proach but the cap­tain had some awk­ward moments as Burn­ley threw City off their rhythm. Kom­pany took a Jack Cork shot flush on the fore­head and he also gave away a free-kick which led to Ben Mee vol­ley­ing over. Eder­son also had to re­act quickly to pre­vent Chris Wood rac­ing in on goal, although the New Zealand striker was also let down by a poor touch. It took some time for City to carve out any open­ings and they were un­able to trou­ble Tom Heaton in the Burn­ley goal be­fore the break. Ra­heem Ster­ling played Bernardo Silva in on the right but the Por­tuguese cut in­side and failed to get any power in his shot. David Silva also hes­i­tated be­fore hav­ing an ef­fort blocked by James Tarkowski and Olek­sandr Zinchenko’s fol­low-up at­tempt was de­flected wide. Aguero went close with a curl­ing ef­fort from the edge of the area but Heaton ap­peared to have it cov­ered and Guardi­ola re­acted with frus­tra­tion when Leroy Sane shot tamely at the keeper. City started the sec­ond pe­riod with greater in­ten­sity and Aguero forced a good save from Heaton be­fore the JOHN McGILL AT THE KING POWER STA­DIUM AR­SE­NAL boss Unai Emery has told the Gun­ners to re­fo­cus and sal­vage their sea­son against Va­len­cia after Le­ices­ter dealt a ham­mer blow to their Cham­pi­ons League hopes. The 10-man Gun­ners slipped to a third straight de­feat after the dom­i­nant Foxes ran out easy win­ners. Jamie Vardy’s late brace took his tally to eight goals in his last nine games against the Gun­ners after Youri Tiele­mans’ opener. Ains­ley Mait­land-Niles was sent off for the first time in his ca­reer be­fore the break as Ar­se­nal turned in a limp dis­play. It left them fifth in the Pre­mier League but they face Va­len­cia in the Europa League semi-fi­nal first leg on Thurs­day. The win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League. Emery said: “We have two things –next week against Va­len­cia in the Europa League, we have big am­bi­tion and mo­ti­va­tion in this com­pe­ti­tion. “It’s a semi-fi­nal and it’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult also, then we play Brighton and we want to win this match. “At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son we knew it was go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult [to fin­ish in the top four]. Emery dis­agreed with the first-half dis­missal of Mait­land-Niles after he was booked for an early foul on Ben Chilwell and a late tackle on James Mad­di­son. “For me the first yel­low card is not for me, it has affected our game plan a lot. One player less is dif­fi­cult,” he said. “To­day the con­di­tion [for los­ing] is the red card. I don’t agree with the first yel­low card.” Le­ices­ter are now three points be­hind sev­enth placed Wolves with two games left. And Le­ices­ter man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers said: “It was a very good per­for­mance. We showed we are a good side. “When it went to 11 vs 10, we were asked a ques­tion: could we han­dle the ex­tra man? The play­ers re­sponded to that mag­nif­i­cently.” Manch­ester City sharp­shooter Ser­gio Aguero prepares to strike as Burn­ley’s James Tarkowski watches on over the line at the sec­ond at­tempt by a tiny mar­gin ac­cord­ing to the tech­nol­ogy – be­fore Matt Low­ton could clear. City looked to the referee for an­other goalline de­ci­sion when sub­sti­tute Gabriel Je­sus rounded Heaton to bring a div­ing clear­ance from Mee, but this time Paul Tier­ney’s watch did not buzz. Guardi­ola’s side did take the st­ing out of Burn­ley’s play by re­tain­ing pos­ses­sion in the clos­ing min­utes but some de­fend­ing still needed to be done and the fi­nal whis­tle was greeted with huge re­lief by the vis­i­tors. Guardi­ola told Match of the Day: “In the first half we didn’t cre­ate too much but of course it is what it is, we knew in these kind of games you play with in­ten­tion and 92 points is in­cred­i­ble – it is in our hands, we must win our next two games and our next one is against Le­ices­ter.” “ vis­i­tors had a strong penalty ap­peal turned down when a David Silva shot struck Barnes on the arm. Heaton saved well from Bernardo Silva as City ap­plied more pres­sure and Aguero drove a shot wide. The break­through fi­nally came in scrappy fash­ion after 63 min­utes as Bernardo Silva drove the ball into the box. Aguero ini­tially mis­kicked but the ball re­mained at his feet and the Ar­gen­tinian man­aged to poke the ball

To get 92 points is in­cred­i­ble. It is in our hands, we must win our next two games and our next one is Le­ices­ter


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