Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City: Red Devils storm City at Old Trafford (video)

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Sergio Aguero scored just eight minutes in, and Manchester United had memories of the last four meetings dancing in their heads. Those memories would soon disappear.

The home side scored four unanswered goals and roared past their cross-town rivals behind stellar play from Juan Mata and Ashley Young, with both finishing on the scoresheet bracketed by Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling as United all but secured a return to Champions League play next season. It gave Manchester United a 4-2 win, their sixth in a row, and put a stop to City’s four match win streak in the Manchester derby.

With little to lose between these two teams thanks to the large gap between 4th and 5th place in the table, both sides went for it early. Manchester City had the early opportunities just five minutes in. A shot from Jesus Navas was saved from a tight angle by David de Gea, and then Yaya Toure seemed to have all day in the box to rip off a shot but Michael Carrick came in heroically to block the attempt.

The early pressure would pay off though, as City would go up early at Old Trafford. James Milner found David Silva at the left edge of the box, and the Spaniard delivered a low ball to Sergio Aguero all alone in the box for an easy tap-in and a 1-0 lead inside 10 minutes.

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It wouldn’t last long though, as a crazy sequence led to an equalizer from Ashley Young. Nearly caught out at the back on a poor back-pass, David de Gea hammered the ball into the attacking half, and it fell to Ander Herrera. The Spaniard burst forward past Pablo Zabaleta who fell down, and he delivered a quick cross and caught Young making a run. The English international nearly flubbed the chance under pressure, but he stuck with it and poked the ball home while falling down to level the score inside 15 minutes.

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Marouane Fellaini was a force in the midfield, causing problems for City’s back line all match.

City went right back down and pressured the United back line, but it would be the home side to take control. Just as things looked to be settling down, United roared again just before the half-hour mark. A fabulous cross from Young at the top corner of the box went across the face of goal and fell to Marouane Fellaini at the far post who headed home under the arm of Joe Hart for a 2-1 lead.

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There was a scary moment for Vincent Kompany and City just before halftime, as the Belgian defender went rashly into Daley Blind, but after a long conference between referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant, Kompany got off with just a yellow card. Kompany appeared to be injured just before or during the tackle, and was substituted off after the break.

City had plenty of defending to do early on, in a furious spell on 52 minutes where Joe Hart made a save on a Wayne Rooney free-kick and Carrick’s follow-up, and then another pair of shots were blocked before the chance came to an end. The Red Devils continued to be a threat, though, and they’d get a third to seal the victory.

Rooney found a streaking Juan Mata through on goal past the back line, and the Spaniard finished on a tight angle past Hart one-on-one. Replays showed Mata was a healthy bit offsides on the pass, but the flag stayed down and United went 3-1 up with just under a half-hour to play.

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A fourth would come from Chris Smalling on an Ashley Young free-kick minutes later as Old Trafford exploded. Eliaquim Mangala, Kompany’s replacement, played three Red Devils onside as Young sent in the ball, allowing United in on net. Aguero would get a second goal late, his 100th Manchester City goal but nothing more than a consolation. It came partly thanks to an injury for Carrick that sent him straight off the pitch and down the tunnel, leaving United with just 10 men for the final three minutes.

The win gives Manchester United a four point cushion above City in third place, just a point back of Arsenal in second. The defending champions, meanwhile, have work to do to secure their own Champions League spot, but do have a five point gap above Southampton in fifth.

LINEUPS:

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones (Rojo 75′), Blind, Carrick, Fellaini (Falcao 83′), Herrera, Mata (Di Maria 81′), Young, Rooney.

Goals – Young 14′, Fellaini 27′, Mata 67′, Smalling 73′

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (Mangala 46′), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas (Lampard 74′), Milner (Nasri 62′), Silva, Aguero.

Goals – Aguero 8′, 89′

VIDEO: ProSoccerTalk team unfiltered – Review, preview, Power Rankings and more

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ProSoccerTalk is now on video as well as in written format. Unleash the beast, as they say.

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Each week ProSoccerTalk writers Joe Prince-Wright, Nick Mendola and Andy Edwards will tell us what they learned from the Premier League action, rank their top five PL players based on current form, preview the upcoming weekend and handle any other news from around the soccer world.

Expect opinions, analysis and insight, as well as plenty of friendly banter along the way and maybe a beer or two…

Basically, they have these chats on their own anyway so we thought we would record them and let them loose on the Premier League, USMNT and everything in-between. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lighthearted look at all of the action from across the soccer world each week.

With JPW is based in England and heading to Premier League games and traveling to stadiums/ training grounds, plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in with them regularly to get their views on just about anything when it comes to Pro Soccer. Because, well, ProSoccerTalk.

Follow the ProSoccerTalk lads on Twitter below, and click play on the video above to watch ProSocccerTalk this week in full.

Champions League qualifying: How to watch, start times, odds

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The 12 clubs remaining in the race for the final UEFA Champions League group stage slots will be pared down to six in the next eight days.

There are American connections to two of the six ties.

Former USMNT midfielder Jesse Marsch manages Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg toward the next round, while Molde right back Henry Wingo came up with the Seattle Sounders.

VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

Salzburg are significant favorites to advance over two legs, odds accentuated by Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s seven players absent due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Marsch had previously said he did not want to go to Israel due to COVID-19 concerns, calling it “dangerous,” but has accepted the task at hand.

From Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung:

“The moment UEFA said we were going to play in Tel Aviv, it wasn’t a problem for me. Maccabi has a great team. We are not naive. We understand that we have to fight tomorrow.”

At 3:10 in some sportsbooks, Marsch’s men are the only club favored to win the first leg away. Salzburg is led by Dominik Szoboszlai and Patson Daka, who’ve helped the team thrive despite the sales of several stars including Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino.

Molde has a much tougher test with Hungarian side Ferencvaros, who knocked off Celtic. That tie could go either way, while Slavia Prague and Olympiakos are respectively noticeable favorites to beat Midtjylland and Omonia Nicosia.

Dynamo Kiev will be expected to outlast Gent over two legs, while it would be a minor upset if PAOK takes down Krasnodar.


How to watch the UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff round

Kickoff: 3 pm ET Tuesday and Wednesday
Stream: CBS All-Access (subscription required)


UEFA Champions League playoff round matches

All 12 legs will kickoff at 3 pm ET between Tuesday and Sept. 30.

Tuesday

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Slavia Prague 0-0 Midtjylland
Krasnodar 2-1 PAOK

Wednesday

Gent v Dynamo Kiev
Molde v Ferencvaros
Olympiakos v Omonia

Sept. 29

Ferencvaros v Molde
Dynamo Kiev v Gent
Omonia v Olympiakos

Sept. 30

Midtjylland v Slavia Prague
PAOK v Krasnodar
Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Tel-Aviv

League Cup: How to watch, start times, as Premier League powers enter

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Fifteen Premier League teams eye dates in the fourth round when the League Cup returns for another September midweek.

The congested nature of the season will see some PL sides play three matches in as many weeks, though the European qualifying teams are just entering the fray this week.

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That includes Europa League sides Arsenal and Leicester City, who will stage the lone all-PL scrap of the round come Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.

Tuesday was going to see Tottenham Hotspur visit a club sponsored by Spurs striker Harry Kane, but Leyton Orient is in the news after positive COVID-19 tests have threatened to forfeit Spurs into the next round.

VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

Manchester United will hope to snap out of its season-opening funk when it begins its tourney Tuesday at Luton Town, while Chelsea hosts Barnsley on Wednesday.

Liverpool is off to Lincoln City on Thursday, kicking off its League Cup at the same time Manchester City welcomes Bournemouth.

Because of the aforementioned congested September in the tournament, the fourth round draw has already been held and those fixtures are at bottom of the page.


League Cup third round draw

All times ET

Tuesday
Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur — Postponed
West Brom 2-2 Brentford – (Brentford win on penalty kicks)
Newport County 3-1 Watford 
West Ham United 5-1 Hull City
Luton Town 0-3 Manchester United 

Wednesday
Preston North End v Brighton — 2 pm
Millwall v Burnley — 2 pm
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday — 2 pm
Stoke City v Gillingham — 2 pm
Chelsea v Barnsley — 2:45 pm
Leicester City v Arsenal — 2:45 pm
Fleetwood Town v Everton — 2:45 pm
Morecambe v Newcastle United — 2:45 pm

Thursday
Bristol City v Aston Villa — 2 pm
Lincoln City v Liverpool — 2:45 pm
Manchester City v Bournemouth — 2:45 pm


League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
West Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull City
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United


How to watch League Cup third round streams and start time

Kickoff: Tuesday through Thursday
Online: Select games on ESPN+
Updates: Follow League Cup scores via NBCSports.com

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Premier League player Power Rankings are here!

Our second player Power Rankings of the 2020-21 season have arrived, as all 20 teams have played and we are coming off the highest scoring matchweek in Premier League history with 44 goals scored across the 10 games.

Simply put: it was incredibly tough to put 20 players in this list based on the crazy results across the Premier League.

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Stars from Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton dominate our second player Power Rankings and there are plenty of new signings who have impressed early in the season.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t going to be in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
2. James Rodriguez (Everton)
3. Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
4. Harry Kane (Tottenham)
5. Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
6. Fabinho (Liverpool)
7. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
9. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
10. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
11. Gabriel (Arsenal)
12. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)
13. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
14. Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)
15. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
16. Patrick Bamford (Leeds)
17. Timothy Castagne (Leicester)
18. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
19. Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
20. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)