Player ratings – Man City vs. Man United

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MANCHESTER — Manchester United beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in the 171st Manchester derby.

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Marcus Rashford‘s first half goal was enough to grab a vital three points for United as they are well and truly back in the top four race.

Here’s how the players fared out of 10 in a pulsating derby.

Manchester City

Joe Hart – 6 – Didn’t do much wrong but forced off in second half with a nasty injury.

Bacary Sagna – 5 – One of City’s defenders who didn’t struggle but didn’t get forward enough.

Martin Demichelis – 1 – Possibly one of the worst performances in Man City history. Undone by Rashford, could’ve given away a PK and poor back pass led to Hart injury. Subbed out.

Eliaquim Mangala – 4 – Maybe this mark is generous. Really struggled to contain Rashford and made some rash challenges.

Gael Clichy – 4 – Wasteful in possession when he did get forward.

Fernandinho – 6 – Did what he does best, broke up plays and hit sideways passes.

Yaya Toure – 6 – Was the driving force but should have scored at end of first half. Whipped in a lovely ball when Aguero hit the post.

Raheem Sterling – 5 – Bright start as he crossed for Navas but was forced off early with an injury. Shame.

David Silva – 5 – Not one of his better games. Couldn’t get on the ball.

Jesus Navas – 6 – Very bright and always the most dangerous of City’s attackers. Can’t finish though and had two good chances in first half.

Sergio Aguero – 6 – An off day in front of goal. He hit the post, slammed over and thrashed one wide. Always sharp but lacked support.


Fernando on for Sterling – 6 – Solid enough and helped City keep the ball better. Moved back to center back in second half.
Bony for Demichelis – 5 – Slipped at a pivotal moment when he was set free and didn’t get involved enough.
Caballero for Hart – 6 – Made one good save down low with his legs and that’s about it.

Manchester United

David De Gea – 7 – Decent save from Navas in first half and looked composed with his distribution. Solid outing.

Matteo Darmian – 6 – Came off injured and struggled with Sterling early on. Recovered.

Chris Smalling – 7 – Gave away some silly free kicks in and around the box. Apart from that, stood tall.

Daley Blind – 7 – Always looked in control and took Aguero head-on. Composed.

Marcos Rojo – 6 – Came off injured but looked solid and steady.

Morgan Schneiderlin – 8 – Dominated midfield. Sprayed the ball around nicely and helped set up the first goal. Great display.

Michael Carrick – 7 – Used all his experience to help United battle through despite not getting on the ball much.

Juan Mata – 6 – Subbed out in the second half but great ball to Rashford for the goal.

Jesse Lingard – 6 – Full of industry but didn’t get on the ball much.

Anthony Martial – 7 – Always looked lively and provided an outlet. Worked hard out wide and pressed City’s defenders whenever they had it.

STAR MAN – Marcus Rashford – 9 – The local lad scored the winner on his debut in the Manchester derby. Could have won a penalty and bullied City’s back line. Wonderful maturity and strength. Hard to believe he’s only 18. Now has five goals in eight games for United.


Valencia for Rojo – 5 – Caught out a few times defensively but did what he had to do.
Fosu-Mensah for Darmian – 5 – Didn’t have much time but youngster slotted in nicely.
Schweinsteiger for Mata – 5 – Little time to make an impact but helped clear some balls late on.

Klinsmann gets first point as Hertha Berlin manager

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann claimed his first point since returning to coaching as his Hertha Berlin team let slip a two-goal lead to draw with Frankfurt 2-2 in the Bundesliga on Friday.

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Hertha was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute when Sebastian Rode hammered the ball in from a corner for Frankfurt to deny the Berlin team the win.

Hertha is in the relegation playoff spot in 16th and winless in its last six league games, while Frankfurt is 10th.

Dodi Lukebakio gave Hertha the lead with a shot through Frederik Ronnow’s legs. That goal was assisted by Marko Grujic, who later made it 2-0 with a header from a free kick.

However, Frankfurt almost immediately replied with a header of its own from Martin Hinteregger, the Austrian defender with five Bundesliga goals.

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Frankfurt’s fans expressed their disapproval of the video assistant referee after it ruled out two goals for the hosts. There was a rare disallowed own goal when Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft palmed a cross into his own net but was found to have been pushed while jumping.

Klinsmann took over Hertha last week on a temporary deal until the end of the season, after Ante Covic was fired with the team under threat of relegation. Klinsmann hadn’t coached since being fired in 2016 by the United States, and last worked at a club in 2009 at Bayern Munich.

Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

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Nigel Pearson has been appointed new manager of Watford and been handed a very straightforward — but tall — task for the remainder of the season: avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Pearson takes over from Quique Sanchez Flores — who only took over from Javi Gracia in September — who left his post at Vicarage Road with the Hornets sitting 20th out of 20 teams in the PL table, already seven points adrift from safety. Pearson’s contract runs through the end of the season.

The 56-year-old Pearson, who last managed in the PL with Leicester City in 2015, was most recently in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven before he was fired in February.

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Pearson won’t take charge of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold). Interim manager Hayden Mullins will see out the week’s preparations and manage the team before handing the reins to Pearson on Sunday.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Matchweek 16 is here in the Premier League as things are heating up very nicely ahead of the festive season.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.


With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


Tottenham 3-0 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM] 

West Ham 3-1 Arsenal – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


Newcastle 1-1 Southampton – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Man City 2-2 Man United – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

Watford 1-2 Crystal Palace – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


Everton 2-1 Chelsea – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Aston Villa 2-2 Leicester City – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Brighton 2-1 Wolves – (Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Norwich 2-0 Sheffield United – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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Matchweek 16 of the Premier League season is here, as the busy festive season has well and truly arrived.

Get in there.

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The full TV schedule for the games this weekend are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” for all the goals as they go in around the grounds. Goal Rush is available via NBC and the NBC Sports App.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days.


7:30 a.m. ET: Everton v. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Man City v. Man United – NBC [STREAM]

9 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Leicester City – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Newcastle United v. Southampton  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
11:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Wolves – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Norwich City v. Sheffield United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

3 p.m. ET: West Ham v. Arsenal – NBCSN [STREAM]