City set title markers on United win – 5 things we learned in the Premier League

Premier League leaders Manchester City added another title marker to regain their six-point lead at the top of the table after beating rivals Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

On Saturday, Liverpool had to dig deep to oust West Ham at Anfield, bottom club Norwich saw their chances of survival further impaired after losing at home to Brentford and new Leeds boss Jesse Marsch started his tenure with a 0 : 1 loss at Leicester.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the key talking points from the latest round of top-flight games.

City slickers leave United in the shadows

Pep Guardiola’s men continue to build steam after easily beating their local rivals and claiming a third straight win in all competitions since the squad’s qualifications were called into question after a home defeat by Tottenham. Manchester United, missing game-changer Cristiano Ronaldo, always faced a tough challenge and at times things looked too easy for City, who put Kevin De Bruyne ahead after just five minutes before shattering all hopes despite Jadon Sancho’s fine a comeback quickly wiped out equalization against his old club. With a six-point lead effortlessly restored after a reckless second-half performance, City look well on their way to another title while United face further questions about the direction of their squad under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, as they drop to fifth place.

Rock-solid Reds continue to rumble

The records simply show that Liverpool achieved a seventh straight Premier League win with a 1-0 win over West Ham at Anfield on Saturday with a first-half goal from Sadio Mane. But the way they secured the crucial three points in their title bid said so much more. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp praised his side’s defence, which included full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and midfielder Naby Keita all making goal-breaking tackles. More hard work lies ahead at both ends of the pitch, but Liverpool’s championship ambitions continue to be built on the firmest of foundations.

Time is looking for sinking Canaries

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Norwich sits five points clear of safety after suffering another loss (Joe Giddens/PA)

At the other end of the table, bottom-placed Norwich were pushed further back towards the Sky Bet Championship after a 3-1 home defeat by Brentford in a game that ailing Canarias boss Dean Smith had described as “must not lose”. Smith had already accepted that time was running out for Norwich’s Great Escape hopes and now they have just 11 games left to drastically improve a meager 17-point record. Chelsea are the next visitors to Carrow Road on Thursday night – after which they suspect Delia Smith’s recipe for Premier League survival will not be heated to boiling point any time soon.

March brings fresh perspective

It’s not often that a 1-0 defeat can be seen as progress, but after 14 goals in their last three Premier League games, new Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is determined to do so after scoring “a great first step” launched after the reign of Marcelo Bielsa. The former RB Leipzig manager was only given four days to work with the side and time will tell if the American’s ‘fresh perspective’ can stop the downward spiral. But with home games against Aston Villa and Norwich looming, Elland Road fans will be hoping the turnaround comes soon rather than simply being too late to make a difference.

Blues need to let football do the talking

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All Premier League football clubs showed solidarity with Ukraine ahead of this weekend’s kick-off (Martin Rickett/PA)

Chelsea were firmly in the driver’s seat for Champions League qualifying after beating relegated Burnley 4-0. While the headlines should have been about another impressive performance from Thomas Tuchel’s men after disappointment over penalty shootout heartbreak in the Carabao Cup final, some Chelsea fans drew needlessly negative attention for chanting owner Roman Abramovich’s name during one Minute applause in solidarity with Ukraine before kick-off at Turf Moor. This led to Blues boss Tuchel again having to ask some uncomfortable questions – but the German once again showed great dignity in addressing issues off the field rather than analyzing his performances.

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