English Premier League: United and City Big Winners of the Week

Red RummyContributor IApril 3, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores his hat trick goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 2, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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two wins, three draws, and a loss were the results of possibly one of the most important weeks in the Premier League, and United look set to win it.

A win for City has certainly made the top four look a lot more interesting, and now the fight for a Champion's League spot is heating up.

Manchester United - Winners

After completing a great comebackspending 65 minutes down 2-0 only to score four goals in 20 minutes to win itUnited look set to win the league.

The penalties were gifted to West Ham, who did well to put them away, but their defensive issues cost them and gave United a crucial two points in the title race.

As good as the comeback was, it was boosted by the fact Arsenal dropped two points, leaving United seven points ahead playing a extra game.

The clash with Arsenal is still important, but United now have the League in their hands and if Arsenal doesn't improve soon, then the title could be sealed in a few weeks.

Manchester City - Winners

After struggling in recent weeks, and having seen a revival in Chelsea weaken their chances of a top four finish, this weekend couldn't have gone much better.

Arsenal, Chelsea, and Spurs all drew to give City a push and look set to keep Spurs fifth.

The 5-0 showed City at their best, but I was focused on the rather more interesting to watch Mario Balotelliwho failed to score.

It's almost as if Sunderland were determined to prevent only him, but is most likely to seal his dream move to AC in the Summer.

Arsenal - Losers

The Gunners' title hunt took another hit, and has now shifted the fate of the Premier League into United's hands.

Arsenal never played at their best and looked frail when countered.

Frustrations mounted as the Gunners couldn't find a vital goal, and even Van Persie's excellent form couldn't save the title chase. 

The return of key players buoyed the Gunners, but it wasn't the champagne football that fans were expecting.

Almunia looked shaky at the back, but did keep his clean sheet. Wenger looked flabberghasted and refused to give up the chase; though it'll take a few miracles to save what looks another trophyless season.

Chelsea - Losers

While their optimistic title hunt is effectively overtheir 1-1 draw with Stoke means City have leap-frogged themthey they still have a game in hand.

While Spurs are unlikely to close the gap on them, they are still four points behind Arsenal, and would want to avoid finishing fourth and having to qualify for the Champion's League.

They look to be near their best, and Torres has still yet to claim his first goal after playing the last 30 minutes.

Maybe not so much of a loss this weekend, but one where they gained little.

Spurs - Losers

Their Champion League heroics have given the Spurs' fans much to celebrate, but in the league, they now have to contemplate playing in the Europa League next season.

City moved up to third with a six point lead, and have played a extra game. 

Though the gap may be a potential three points, they will have to get past Real Madrid, and a selection headache is likely to be on Redknapp's mind.

They can't afford to drop any more points if they want to finish fourth.

Liverpool - Losers

While their hunt for the fifth spot and Europe was a long shot, losing to West Brom have all but ended that dream.

Despite looking stronger with the return of Carroll, their form has been erratic. Hodgson's West Brom did well to claim all three points, but it was seen more as an act of revenge as he remains unbeaten at his new team.

Liverpool would be looking for a season without European football, and may be good for a domestic assault next season, though the extra income would be missed.


Only a perfect display from Arsenal and a gift or two from United can stop United from claiming the title.

On the other hand, Arsenal's fixture list is looking pretty difficult and they aren't leading City and Chelsea by muchthey could even end in fourth if they lose key games. 

The fight for third and fourth is heating upwith City capitalizing well. Spurs are the most likely casualties, though Liverpool are set to finish the league in anonymity. The season isn't over and there are still plenty of games left in the season.

Nothing is set in stone. 


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