Manchester City outclass United as Arsenal slips up
By Steve Douglas ,AP
March 27, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
MANCHESTER, England --- Manchester City's title charge gained further momentum with a humbling 3-0 win at fierce rival Manchester United, but Arsenal's hopes of winning the Premier League were dented by drawing 2-2 with Swansea on Tuesday.
Edin Dzeko scored twice — his first coming inside 43 seconds — and Yaya Toure added a late third at Old Trafford for City, which trimmed its deficit to leader Chelsea to three points and still has two games in hand.
United lost for the sixth time in the league this season — more than in the last three campaigns combined — in what is proving a woeful defense of its title under David Moyes. Five points behind sixth-place Tottenham with seven games left, even finishing in the Europa League positions may be beyond beleaguered United.
“I thought it would be a tough year for us, no doubt about that,” said Moyes, whose team is 18 points behind Chelsea, “but I hoped it would be much more competitive and closer to the top of the league than we are at the present time.”
Arsenal conceded an own goal by Mathieu Flamini in the 90th minute to drop more points in the title race after a 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger's side is six points behind the leaders in fourth place and is now looking over its shoulder at Everton, which jumped to fifth with a 3-0 win at Newcastle in the night's other match.
Everton is six points behind Arsenal having played a game less.
“It's difficult to swallow because the team gave absolutely everything, their spirit was great,” said Wenger, whose side fell behind before Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud scored goals in a 70-second span. “You wonder how we could draw a game like that — they had nothing and in the end it was 2-2.”
Liverpool can climb back up to second place, and within a point of Chelsea, by beating Sunderland on Wednesday.
City may have installed itself as title favorite now, though, by dismantling it neighbor to send out another a statement of intent and secure a third straight league win at Old Trafford.
Just like 10 days ago when United was humiliated by Liverpool on its own ground, the deficiencies of Moyes' side were laid bare against its other biggest domestic foe.