A thrilling Wednesday Premier League evening has resulted in Manchester United and Manchester City separating themselves on points from the remainder of English clubs.
Neither squad claimed victory with ease but both clubs ultimately pulled off tough wins, leaving them neck to neck at the top of the table. Through fourteen games for both squads, City have 32 points and sit close behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s experienced United club, who have 33 points.
United had a fiery start against West Ham at Old Trafford as Robin van Persie, the team’s leading scorer this year, scored the quickest goal of the Premier League season.
The ex-Arsenal man made a nice turn on the 18 to free himself and put the ball off a defender’s foot and over the head of Jussi Jaaskelainen at the 33 second mark. The Hammers looked dangerous throughout the match but failed to produce an equalizer as Manchester United wins 1-0.
City followed an underwhelming first half performance away to Wigan with a strong second half showing. The defending champions scored twice in three minutes, including Mario Balotelli’s third goal of the season in all matches and a scorching strike from James Milner that curled up and away from Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi into the top right corner of the net.
City’s win came across as a much-needed result for the club after dropping points against third place Chelsea on the weekend (Rafa Benitez’s Blues now sit six points behind Manchester City and seven behind Manchester United after drawing 0-0 at home to Fulahm yesterday).
United’s victory represented their second Premier League game in a row after a disappointing loss to Norwich City in the Premier League and a defeat by Galatasaray in the Champions League.
The two Premier League giants face off on December 9th (next Sunday) in what is sure to be an instant classic that will set the tone for the second half of the Premier League campaign.