Premier League

Manchester City twice came from behind to earn a draw against title rivals Liverpool at Anfield, which saw both sides miss the chance to overtake Chelsea at the top of the table.

City dominated the first half but were unable to make the breakthrough. This was punished when Sadio Mane broke the deadlock, but 10 minutes later Phil Foden drew the visitors level. Pep Guardiola’s sense of injustice at James Milner not being sent off for a dangerous challenge was not helped when Mo Salah spectacularly restored Liverpool’s lead.

With nine minutes remaining, City gained the point their performance merited when Kevin De Bruyne’s shot deflected in off Joel Matip. The result leaves Liverpool and City second and third respectively.

Manchester United dropped points at home for the second weekend running as they were held to a draw by Everton.

United started brightly but soon drifted, so they were perhaps fortunate to go into the break ahead after Anthony Martial’s first goal since February had broken the deadlock. However, Andros Townsend drew Everton level on 65 minutes.

Everton thought they had won it late on through Yerry Mina, but the goal was ruled out by VAR after the Colombian was narrowly offside. Ironically, had Tom Davies finished himself rather than passed, the goal would’ve stood.

League One

Wigan Athletic returned to the top of the table as they beat Gillingham to capitalise on Sunderland’s heavy defeat to Portsmouth.

Both sides enjoyed their moments where they were on top, but it was Wigan who made the breakthrough on 64 minutes through Max Power. Will Keane made the result safe with 8 minutes remaining.

Bolton Wanderers fought off a late fightback from Shrewsbury Town to secure a home win which sees them a point off the play-off places. Antoni Sercevic and Dapo Afolayan scored within a few minutes of each other to put Bolton two up at the break.

Ryan Bowman had a chance to pull one back from a penalty, but his spot kick was saved. Luke Leahy’s free kick with a minute left of normal time ensured a tense finish, but the hosts held on for all three points.

League Two

Salford City overcame a late red card to secure their first away win of the season at Colchester United. Brandon Thomas-Asante gave the visitors the lead with only 10 minutes on the clock. Tom Elliott doubled the lead after 25 minutes.

Thomas-Asante was shown a second yellow card with two minutes remaining, but by that point Gary Bowyer’s side had already done enough to secure the win which moves them up to 15th.

Rochdale are behind Salford on goal difference after they went down to a defeat against Bradford City. Alex Gilliead got the opener in the 37th minute, while Andy Cook doubled the lead with a 75th minute penalty.

Oldham Athletic missed the chance to move out of the relegation zone after they fell to a narrow defeat at home to Harrogate Town. Jack Diamond and Luke Armstrong scored for the visitors. Harry Vaughan pulled one back, but it wasn’t enough.

Women’s Super League

Manchester City fell to a third successive defeat as they were beaten by West Ham United at the Academy Stadium, increasing the pressure on manager Gareth Taylor.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s header gave the Hammers the lead late in the first half. Ellen White thought she had drawn City level, but her goal was ruled out for offside. Yui Hasegawa sealed the win in the final minute with a goal from 40 yards.

Manchester United beat Birmingham City in a hard fought game as Marc Skinner enjoyed a winning return to his former club.

Hannah Blundell set up the goals for Leah Galton and Ella Toone as the visitors bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat to Chelsea with a third win in four games to move up to fourth in the table, only outside the Champions League places on goal difference.

Matt’s View

Despite only being two points off the top of the Premier League, there is growing frustration amongst United fans as their men’s team continue to be unconvincing. Upcoming games against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and City will be major tests.

On the women’s side, City find themselves in a record-breaking run of poor form which leaves next weekend’s Manchester derby even greater significance.

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