Manchester United again postponed the coronation of City by going to win 3 to 1 at Aston Villa on Sunday during the 35th day, while West Ham saw its dreams of the Champions League seriously dented by Everton (0-1).
Pep Guardiola’s men had missed the boat on Saturday by being knocked down in the second half by Chelsea (2-1), after having virtually the trophy in their hands for about twenty minutes, in this match that looked like a dress rehearsal of the Champions League final on May 29.
Sunday, City was again just as virtually champion for 28 minutes, between the opening of the superb score of Bertrand Traoré with a cross strike which cleared the skylight of Dean Henderson (1-0, 24th) and the equalizer of Bruno Fernandes on a penalty obtained by Paul Pogba (1-1, 52nd).
A scenario seen many times this season from the Red Devils who took 31 of their 67 points after being behind.
“I can’t blame them,” Solskjaer told the BBC, recalling that his players had returned “around 4.30 / 5am” from their Europa League semi-final return to Rome on Friday.
– “A huge result” –
“It’s a huge result because it takes a little pressure off us and we can go on with confidence,” added the technician, while the receptions of Leicester (4th) on Tuesday and Liverpool (6th) loom. Thursday.
With the win, Manchester extended their unbeaten away streak in the league to 25 games, two short of the all-time ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ record, between April 2003 and September 2004.
But with only one trip still on the calendar this season, to Wolverhampton for the last day, he will have to wait until the next year to hope to equal or exceed him.
Goals from Mason Greenwood, four minutes after the equalizer (2-1, 56th) and Edinson Cavani, who replaced Greenwood (3-1, 87th), with an uncrossed header, offered three very valuable points to the Red Devils .
With ten lengths behind and four matches to go, against three for City, any defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men would have offered the title to the Sky Blues.
But this victory above all allows United to regain a six-point lead over Chelsea who grabbed third place after their last-minute victory at the Etihad on Saturday (2-1).
– Calvert-Lewin faces the Euro-2020 –
In the other top-of-the-table game, West Ham suffered a very unfortunate setback against Everton.
The Londoners find themselves five lengths behind Leicester, the last virtual qualifier for the Champions League, while they are followed by Liverpool at one point, with one game short, Tottenham at two lengths and Everton at three, also with a match less.
In a rather unspectacular meeting, it was a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin that made the difference from the 24th minute.
The center-forward, who is expected to be Harry Kane’s double at Euro this summer, scored his 16th goal of the season, becoming the 2nd best English director in the Premier League, behind the captain of the Three Lions (21) .
David Moyes’ men may have pushed and touched the post by Vladimir Coufal, shortly after the hour mark, they lost for the 5th time in the season at home, where they nevertheless have the 2nd best record in the Premier League , after Manchester City.
In the evening, Arsenal was a little consoled by his elimination in the semi-final of the Europa League against Villareal, Thursday, by dominating West Bromwich Albion (3-1).
Arsenal returned to Leeds in 9th place, but without great hopes of catching Europe.
On the other hand, this 19th defeat of the season condemns the Baggies to a return to the Championship (D2) from which they had extracted last season.
A first for Sam Allardyce, their experienced coach who had never experienced relegation to a Premier League bench.