Premier League

Manchester City laid down a marker in the title race as they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last season’s Champions League final. The result also means Pep Guardiola has more wins than any other City manager.

Despite impressing in the early weeks of the season, Chelsea were unable to register a shot on target as City claimed victory thanks to a 53rd minute goal from Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester United suffered a third defeat in four games as they were beaten at home by Aston Villa after a dramatic finish. 

Kortney Hause’s header two minutes from time put Villa ahead, before his handball in added time gave United the chance to grab a point. However, Bruno Fernandes sent the resulting penalty over the bar.

League One

Wigan Athletic remain top of the table after a 2-0 win at home to Cheltenham. Callum Lang gave the Latics the lead in the eighth minute. With the number of chances Wigan created, Lang could’ve had a hat-trick in the first half.

Charlie Wyke doubled the lead within seconds of the restart and they almost had a third late on, but Tom Naylor’s header was saved by Scott Flinders, one of 15 shots Flinders faced in the match.

Bolton Wanderers were narrowly beaten at Sunderland, who remain only behind Wigan on goal difference at the top.

Carl Winchester grabbed the game’s only goal in the 17th minute. Bolton had chances of their own, with the best coming through Alex Pritchard and Eion Doyle, but Sunderland held on for the victory.

League Two

Oldham Athletic gave their fans something to celebrate in a difficult season so far as they beat Rochdale 1-0 in a Greater Manchester derby. Davis Keillor-Dunn’s goal shortly before the hour mark proved to be the difference for the EFL’s bottom club.

Rochdale hit the woodwork twice in the second half through Aaron Morley and Eoghan O’Connell, but it was their local rivals who claimed the points.

Salford City twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw with Northampton Town, the second home game running that Gary Bowyer’s side have scored a crucial goal at the death.

Paul Lewis opened the scoring on 16 minutes, before Salford’s first equaliser came 8 minutes later through Matty Lund. Mitch Pinnock’s goal 13 minutes from time looked like being the winner, but Salford were rescued by a 93rd minute goal from their captain Ash Eastham.

Women’s Super League

Manchester United suffered the heaviest defeat in their short history as they were beaten 6-1 by defending champions Chelsea at Leigh Sports Village. Fran Kirby’s 50th WSL goal in just the second minute set the tone for a dominant performance.

Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr put Chelsea 3-0 up at half time. Alessia Russo’s first goal since October, against her former club, gave United a glimmer of hope, but Kerr’s second and further goals from Drew Spence and Jessie Fleming completed the win. 

Manchester City suffered back-to-back defeats to North London opposition as they were beaten 5-0 by Arsenal at Boreham Wood. Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring in the 10th minute, despite City dominating possession at that stage. Kim Little doubled the lead midway through the first half.

Katie McCabe added a third on the hour mark before Little added her second and Arsenal’s fourth from the penalty spot, with Leah Williamson completing the scoring in the final minute as Gareth Taylor’s injury hit side were beaten for the third time this season.

Matt’s View

Sunday was certainly a day to forget for Manchester’s WSL sides, with both suffering heavy defeats in games which could have a major bearing on the title and Champions League places come the end of the season. United’s men also have work to do after a third defeat in four games.

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