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Ralf Rangnick offers damning explanation from Marcus Rashford with Man Utd decision

Marcus Rashford was set to lead Manchester United's attack at the Etihad in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani - instead the out-of-form England international was left out again despite being the only recognized striker available (Author: Gardener)

Marcus RashfordMarcus Rashford was set to lead Manchester United's attack at the Etihad in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani - instead the out-of-form England international was left out again despite being the only recognized forward available due to the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ralf Rangnick had to change his attack from Manchester United for Sunday's derby with Manchester City. And with Edinson Cavani also unavailable, the German opted to put his trust in Anthony Elanga rather than turn to Marcus Rashford or Jesse Lingard at the Etihad. Rangnick named Elanga, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes as United's attacking triumvirate, with Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield. Those first six left United without a recognized centre-forward on ground where Rashford had twice previously scored victories for the Red Devils. It was to be expected for Lingard, who is now in his final months at the club. Rashford, now 23, has had a difficult 2021-22 season so far, only completing 90 minutes twice a year and scoring just five goals in 23 games. He has scored just two Premier League goals in his last 14 games. Despite this, Gary Neville still expected Rashford to start against a City defense with a penchant for high defending. “With Ronaldo out of the team I think they are better off today with Rashford's pace on the counterattack. They move him left, right, center, I don't think he settled down and got a position, people relate to the stuff off the field, whether it's a distraction or not, and he's had too Injuries, to be fair, his authority off the pitch does not carry over to the Manchester United pitch. "He's done well here in the past (when he played at Etihad) so it's a great chance for him to show his quality again today when he plays." Marcus Rashford during the pre-match warm-up Indeed , fellow former United skipper Roy Keane similarly believed that in Ronaldo's absence: "There's an opportunity for the likes of Rashford to come in and make an impact." Rangnick had other ideas, however, and relinquished what is arguably his side's most likely available goalscorer. It was a similar story for the wanton Lingard, who hadn't gotten a move in January - the club wouldn't let him and Donny Van de Beek retire - again just different substitutes Lingard has made 18 appearances this season, but only for 366 minutes in total – that's just four full games.Once upon a time, not long ago, both Rashford and Lingar were there when the club's future was pinned Well, Lingards The long-term future certainly looks like she's away from the club, as has frankly been the case for quite some time.

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Real Madrid find form as PSG slump

This weekend brought mixed fortunes for Real Madrid and PSG ahead of their UCL clash, an amazing Thomas Muller own goal and a derby mishap for Man United. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridJanusz Michallik discusses the impact Jesse Marsch had on Leeds in the 1-0 Leicester defeat. Janusz Michallik discusses the impact Jesse Marsch had on Leeds in the 1-0 Leicester defeat. Ahead of the midweek Champions League showdown, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain endured mixed fortunes. Elsewhere, Jesse Marsch made his Premier League coaching debut, Thomas Muller scored an "unforgettable" own goal and Manchester United had a derby day to forget. Here's Alex Kirkland, Ryan O'Hanlon, Andrew Cesare Richardson and James Tyler with what you need to know from across Europe. Real Madrid have warmed up for their biggest game of the season - Wednesday's Champions League round of 16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain - with the best performance of the season. In a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad, the crowd at the Bernabeu chanted: 'Sí, se puede! They had won their last two games and a win there would have put them third in the LaLiga table. And when they scored a 10th. Mikel Oyarzabal's penalty looked like a difficult evening for Madrid, but they responded in style: sustained long-range shots from Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric were contenders for the weekend's goal and put the hosts ahead , then Karim Benzema struck Substitute Marco Asensio, who missed from the penalty spot, scored his third goal in a month with his first touch of the ball. Carlo Ancelotti described the performance as 'almost perfect', adding that it 'gives us a lot of hope' before facing PSG will be a challenge of a different magnitude, with the added complication of Casemiro and Ferland Mendy being suspended; Camavinga has shown he has a role to play but the return of Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde from injuries would be even more encouraging. Do you remember when PSG beat Real Madrid in the Champions League a couple of weeks ago? It looked like they were going to play a Ligue 2 team? Most recently: a 1-0 defeat at second-placed Nice. And sure, losses happen and it's hard to kick a round ball with a foot that isn't round, but Nice outplayed Mauricio Pochettino's side, shooting them out 11-8 and registering more touches in the box, 23-17. - To read more from Ryan O'Hanlon, subscribe to ESPN+ Granted, Pochettino rotated against Nice - largely by skipping Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi - but shouldn't be a team with Lionel Messi, Neymar, Marco Verratti and Angel Tues Maria produces more than eight shots, with only two on target? Not in Ligue 1; Even after this loss, PSG have a 13-point lead. But as always, only the Champions League counts. If they lose their lead against Madrid this week, don't say we didn't warn you. Marsch takes everything but the result on Leeds debut Jesse Marsch's era at Leeds United began much like Marcelo Bielsa's tenure, but after a painful defeat at Leicester the American had much to build on. Leeds comfortably bring the game to their hosts, creating more chances and giving little away. That they lost to a moment of brilliance - Harvey Barnes traded neat passes with Kelechi Iheanacho before curling a shot past Illan Meslier - from a Leicester side who were also struggling for form showed all is not lost, but Leeds showed no similar ruthlessness in front of goal, with Raphinha, Junior Firpo, Joe Gelhardt and Jack Harrison squandering chances. That meant Leeds had nothing to offer for an expected goal total of 1.99, but at least Marsch's men showed robustness in defense and limited Leicester to 0.37 xG. Marsch's decision to gather his team on the pitch all day for a pep talk was a smart move; His intuitive, player-centric approach can energize a team that has been crying out for cohesion and structure during a disjointed season. We're officially in a four-way race for the Scudetto, with three points between the top three of Milan, Inter and Napoli, with Juventus - the form team - lurking four points further back after recording two narrow wins for their contenders on Sunday were . First, Juventus unconvincingly defeated Spezia 1-0 at the Allianz Stadium to extend their unbeaten Serie A run to 14 games. And further nerves showed when Milan beat Napoli 1-0 in the top game at the Stadio Diego Maradona thanks to Olivier Giroud's goal early in the second half. - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - Don't have ESPN? Doing just enough to win was the hallmark of Massimiliano Allegri's first spell at Juventus as he won five straight titles and the 54-year-old is the only manager in the race to have previously won the title and also enjoyed success with Milan 2010-11. Juve suffered a setback with the news that Weston McKennie will be out for the rest of the season with a broken foot, but the arrival of Dusan Vlahovic in January was a boost, as was Alvaro Morata's goal against Spezia, his first league goal since December. There are few more satisfying sights than a penalty fired into the top corner at high speed and Memphis was Depay's penalty that gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at Elche and guided them to double-digit LaLiga goals this season a classic of the genre. With 84 minutes on the clock, Barca were running out of time to maintain the momentum in the race for a top four finish, but Memphis didn't seem remotely concerned and made a run-up before flicking the ball past Edgar Badia. Bayern Munich's 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen prevented a double-digit lead over the rest of the Bundesliga but was also notable for one of the strangest own goals you'll see. You would be surprised if the "right" goal had been scored. It was harmless at first: Kerem Demirbay took a free kick from the right flank, but Bayern keeper Sven Ullreich had easily covered the ball, only for Müller to stomp into the empty goal with full force. Upon review, it was revealed that the veteran striker knew instinctively where the goal was, but with one obvious error. That the finish was an easy tap-in for Cody Gakpo was almost all thanks to the composure of Mario Götze, who showed his class by fooling the retreating Heracles defense when he got on target and then his teammates lead to a 3-1 win for PSV Eindhoven met and calm their nerves in the Eredivisie title race. Recent seasons have been difficult for the man whose goal clinched Germany the 2014 World Cup, but Götze has made 40 appearances in all competitions this season for the first time since 2014/15 and is struggling with a third other club to clinch the title. When Manchester United finally broke ties with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, the club were eighth in the Premier League with the 11th-best expected goal difference. Since Ralf Rangnick took over, they have won the third most points per game and produced the sixth best xG differential. It's better, but it's not nearly good enough, as we saw in the 4-1 loss to Manchester City: Manchester United's attacking performance in the second half against Manchester City today. The scary thing: United are yet to play against Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. Due to the daunting schedule and OK-not-good-definitely-not-great performances under Rangnick, FiveThirtyEight's prediction model only gives United a 12% chance of finishing in the top four. Plus, is there reason to expect improvement for the rest of the season - better without Cristiano Ronaldo? Better suited to play against better teams? Right now, FiveThirtyEight's average simulated season metrics predict them to finish with 62 points, down two from David Moyes' ill-fated 2013-14 season as manager. -- O'Hanlon -- O'Hanlon It was 00:37 Spanish time, after a Saturday that had brought a 3-1 defeat at Valencia that meant nine games without a win in 2022, when it was finally announced Granada had sacked coach Robert Moreno. The appointment was a gamble from the start and is another one that has done little for Moreno's coaching résumé. After inheriting the Spanish job in difficult circumstances when Luis Enrique was forced to resign for family reasons in 2019, Moreno's subsequent stint at Monaco was a disappointment and that season at Granada was terrible. A brief rally in December - highlighted by a win over Atletico Madrid - was the only bright spot and his relationship with fans and local media was uneasy. The 44-year-old leaves 17th place in LaLiga with Granada; Reserve team coach Ruben Torrecilla was accused of stopping the slide. Inter had gone four consecutive games without a goal before meeting Salernitana, with such stuttering form dashed their hopes of success in Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia. Meanwhile, Lautaro Martinez's goalless run had reached 10 games, so everyone was relieved when the Argentinian striker scored a hat-trick - and 10 of his team's 23 shots in total - and rolled the Nerazzurri over to a 5-0 win the bottom of the table. The 24-year-old opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and doubled the lead five minutes from half-time but saved his best with an emphatic finish early in the second period. Additionally, his partnership with Edin Dzeko appeared to be improving; The duo's form could decide how Inter fare for the remainder of the season.

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Larne schoolboy Ben Dickinson, 10, is embarking on a 10-day trek to Old Trafford to raise 50,000 meals for charity

Ben Dickinson, 10, from Larne has started the march from his hometown to Manchester to raise money for a food poverty charity. (Author: Gardener)

Larne3 March 2022 Ten-year-old Ben Dickinson sets out on his 10-day charity tour from Inver Park to Old Trafford to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for food poverty charity FareShare. 3 March 2022 Ten-year-old Ben Dickinson sets out on his 10-day charity tour from Inver Park to Old Trafford to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for food poverty charity FareShare. 3 March 2022 Ten-year-old Ben Dickinson sets out on his 10-day charity tour from Inver Park to Old Trafford to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for food poverty charity FareShare. 3 March 2022 Ten-year-old Ben Dickinson sets out on his 10-day charity tour from Inver Park to Old Trafford to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for food poverty charity FareShare. 3 March 2022 Ten-year-old Ben Dickinson sets out on his 10-day charity tour from Inver Park to Old Trafford to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for food poverty charity FareShare. 3 March 2022 Ten-year-old Ben Dickinson sets out on his 10-day charity tour from Inver Park to Old Trafford to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for food poverty charity FareShare. The inspirational Ben was joined on the first leg of his journey by family and friends, Larne FC senior team and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg's daughter, Jane Gregg, and cheered on by local residents and primary school children as he set off made. The inspirational Ben was joined on the first leg of his journey by family and friends, Larne FC senior team and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg's daughter, Jane Gregg, and cheered on by local residents and primary school children as he set off made. The inspirational Ben was joined on the first leg of his journey by family and friends, Larne FC senior team and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg's daughter, Jane Gregg, and cheered on by local residents and primary school children as he set off made. The inspirational Ben was joined on the first leg of his journey by family and friends, Larne FC senior team and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg's daughter, Jane Gregg, and cheered on by local residents and primary school children as he set off made. The inspirational Ben was joined on the first leg of his journey by family and friends, Larne FC senior team and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg's daughter, Jane Gregg, and cheered on by local residents and primary school children as he set off made. The inspirational Ben was joined on the first leg of his journey by family and friends, Larne FC senior team and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg's daughter, Jane Gregg, and cheered on by local residents and primary school children as he set off made. Mandatory credit Stephen Hamilton CHARITY CHAMPION BEN STARTS ON WALK TO OLD TRAFFORD Northern Ireland schoolboy Ben Dickinson embarks on his ten day charity walk 'Ben's Miles for Meals' from Inver Park to Old Trafford today to help the food poverty charity , FareShare. Mandatory credit Stephen Hamilton CHARITY CHAMPION BEN STARTS ON WALK TO OLD TRAFFORD Northern Ireland schoolboy Ben Dickinson embarks on his ten day charity walk 'Ben's Miles for Meals' from Inver Park to Old Trafford today to help the food poverty charity , FareShare. Mandatory credit Stephen Hamilton CHARITY CHAMPION BEN STARTS ON WALK TO OLD TRAFFORD Northern Ireland schoolboy Ben Dickinson embarks on his ten day charity walk 'Ben's Miles for Meals' from Inver Park to Old Trafford today to help the food poverty charity , FareShare. Mandatory credit Stephen Hamilton CHARITY CHAMPION BEN STARTS ON WALK TO OLD TRAFFORD Northern Ireland schoolboy Ben Dickinson embarks on his ten day charity walk 'Ben's Miles for Meals' from Inver Park to Old Trafford today to help the food poverty charity , FareShare. Mandatory credit Stephen Hamilton CHARITY CHAMPION BEN STARTS ON WALK TO OLD TRAFFORD Northern Ireland schoolboy Ben Dickinson embarks on his ten day charity walk 'Ben's Miles for Meals' from Inver Park to Old Trafford today to help the food poverty charity , FareShare. Mandatory credit Stephen Hamilton CHARITY CHAMPION BEN STARTS ON WALK TO OLD TRAFFORD Northern Ireland schoolboy Ben Dickinson embarks on his ten day charity walk 'Ben's Miles for Meals' from Inver Park to Old Trafford today to help the food poverty charity , FareShare. FareShare collects surplus food from multiple sectors and distributes it to numerous charities and food banks across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to help fight hunger in the most vulnerable communities. FareShare collects surplus food from multiple sectors and distributes it to numerous charities and food banks across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to help fight hunger in the most vulnerable communities. FareShare collects surplus food from multiple sectors and distributes it to numerous charities and food banks across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to help fight hunger in the most vulnerable communities. FareShare collects surplus food from multiple sectors and distributes it to numerous charities and food banks across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to help fight hunger in the most vulnerable communities. FareShare collects surplus food from multiple sectors and distributes it to numerous charities and food banks across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to help fight hunger in the most vulnerable communities. FareShare collects surplus food from multiple sectors and distributes it to numerous charities and food banks across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to help fight hunger in the most vulnerable communities. By trekking from his hometown of Larne in Northern Ireland to the famous home ground of the Red Devils in Manchester, the ambitious ten-year-old, inspired by his own football icon and FareShare UK ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE, is hoping to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for the charity and changing lives across the UK. By trekking from his hometown of Larne in Northern Ireland to the famous home ground of the Red Devils in Manchester, the ambitious ten-year-old, inspired by his own football icon and FareShare UK ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE, is hoping to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for the charity and changing lives across the UK. By trekking from his hometown of Larne in Northern Ireland to the famous home ground of the Red Devils in Manchester, the ambitious ten-year-old, inspired by his own football icon and FareShare UK ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE, is hoping to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for the charity and changing lives across the UK. By trekking from his hometown of Larne in Northern Ireland to the famous home ground of the Red Devils in Manchester, the ambitious ten-year-old, inspired by his own football icon and FareShare UK ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE, is hoping to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for the charity and changing lives across the UK. By trekking from his hometown of Larne in Northern Ireland to the famous home ground of the Red Devils in Manchester, the ambitious ten-year-old, inspired by his own football icon and FareShare UK ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE, is hoping to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for the charity and changing lives across the UK. By trekking from his hometown of Larne in Northern Ireland to the famous home ground of the Red Devils in Manchester, the ambitious ten-year-old, inspired by his own football icon and FareShare UK ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE, is hoping to raise enough money to fund 50,000 meals for the charity and changing lives across the UK. Before taking his first steps, Ben commented: "Since starting Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. Before taking his first steps, Ben commented: "Since starting Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. Before taking his first steps, Ben commented: "Since starting Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. Before taking his first steps, Ben commented: "Since starting Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. Before taking his first steps, Ben commented: "Since starting Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. Before taking his first steps, Ben commented: "Since starting Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. "I can't wait to get started now and enjoy the next ten days!" Joining Ben on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park will be senior members of Larne Football Club, representative Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg from FareShare NI and friends and family. Other supporters join the schoolboy. I can't wait to get started now and enjoy the next ten days!” Joining Ben on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park are senior members of Larne Football Club, Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, representatives of FareShare NI and friends and family. Other supporters join the schoolboy. I can't wait to get started now and enjoy the next ten days!” Joining Ben on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park are senior members of Larne Football Club, Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, representatives of FareShare NI and friends and family. Other supporters join the schoolboy. I can't wait to get started now and enjoy the next ten days!” Joining Ben on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park are senior members of Larne Football Club, Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, representatives of FareShare NI and friends and family. Other supporters join the schoolboy. I can't wait to get started now and enjoy the next ten days!” Joining Ben on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park are senior members of Larne Football Club, Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, representatives of FareShare NI and friends and family. Other supporters join the schoolboy. I can't wait to get started now and enjoy the next ten days!” Joining Ben on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park are senior members of Larne Football Club, Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, representatives of FareShare NI and friends and family. More supporters join the schoolboy through Ben sets out with the senior side of Larne FC cheered on by primary school children. He has already helped fund 39,000 meals for FareShare, of which Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is an ambassador. As part of the Ballykeel Primary School pupil's Miles for Meals campaign, he will walk from Larne FC Inver Park to Old Trafford Football Stadium to help the organization which is collecting surplus food from a range of sectors and donating to charities and panels in Northern Ireland and the Rest of the world distributed to rest of the UK. Ahead of his first steps on Thursday morning, Ben said: "Since the launch of Ben's Mile for Meals the support I have received from friends, family, Greenisland FC teammates, local businesses and famous faces has been amazing. "I'm already on track to meet my 50,000 meal goal, but I'm hoping my walk to Old Trafford will get me over that limit. "I'm already on track to meet my 50,000 meal goal, but I'm hoping my walk to Old Trafford will get me over that limit. "I'm already on track to meet my 50,000 meal goal, but I'm hoping my walk to Old Trafford will get me over that limit. "I'm already on track to meet my 50,000 meal goal, but I'm hoping my walk to Old Trafford will get me over that limit. "I'm already on track to meet my 50,000 meal goal, but I'm hoping my walk to Old Trafford will get me over that limit. "I'm already on track to meet my 50,000 meal goal, but I'm hoping my walk to Old Trafford will get me over that limit. Joining him on the first leg of his journey from Inver Park are senior team members from Larne Football Club, Jane Gregg, daughter of Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, representatives from FareShare NI and friends and family, with other supporters joining the kindhearted youngsters throughout the remainder of the 10th season -day hike. In March 2021, the Co Antrim student raised £7,200 for Hospice Northern Ireland by walking a mile a day for 26 days and was surprised via Zoom by Marcus Rashford, who congratulated him on his fundraising efforts: “The success of Ben's Miles for Meals is a testament to Ben's hard work and selfless determination, and it will go a long way to supporting many vulnerable children and families in our community," she added. Commenting on Ben's arrival in Manchester, John Shiels MBE, Chief Executive of the Manchester United Foundation said: “What Ben is doing for FareShare is truly inspiring. year old and even walked the first mile of his journey with him. For more information on how you can support Ben's Miles for Meals visit www.bensmilesformeals.com or to donate £10 to the charity FareShare, text with BEN to 70490.

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Arteta's warning for Arsenal

Arsenal sit fourth after a thrilling 3-2 win at Watford but boss Mikel Arteta was quick to warn his players against complacency. (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaArsenal's Gabriel Martinelli celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Watford Arsenal moved up to fourth with a 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road and there seems little risk of them falling under Mikel Arteta's complacency creeps in. The Arsenal manager cut a frustrated figure on the touchline for much of the game - even berating his players immediately after their second goal - and later used the opening part of his post-match press conference to chide their defensive performance. Watford 2-3 Arsenal match report and highlightsTeam line-up | Match statistics "We had the right organization and energy to do it and we scored three great goals, but we didn't have the same energy and dedication in defence," he said. All three of their goals were beautifully crafted, with skillful passing changes reminiscent of Arsenal's best sides under Arsene Wenger, but at the other end their carelessness created opportunities for Watford that a better side would have taken. Arsenal stayed in the end, surviving five minutes of stoppage time after Moussa Sissoko reduced his lead late on, but Arteta's eagerness to focus on the flaws in their performance shows he knows there is still a long way to go in the Champions League race Way to do gives goal. His exciting young Arsenal side have firmly placed their destiny in their own hands with a run of eight wins from ten Premier League games. But there are bigger tests ahead if they are to make it across the line and at least at the back, Arteta knows they need to be stronger. "Newcastle are certainly safe now," said Jeff Stelling on Saturday's football match after Eddie Howe's side clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win over Brighton. No side is currently unbeaten in the Premier League than Newcastle, who are now eight games unbeaten and seven points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. Newcastle 2-1 Brighton match report and highlightsTeam line-up | Match Stats "I still think we're in a relegation battle and it's very important that the players feel we can't stop because we can't let up. It lifted us up in terms of points but we haven't achieved anything," Howe said afterwards. On 15 January, Newcastle finished 19th with 12 points. They are now 14th to 28th and behind Liverpool in the Premier League form table. Premier League Table | Fixtures | ResultsGet Sky Sports for your home Some smart signings in January, coupled with a genuine work ethic under the former Bournemouth boss, have the club dreaming again. Newcastle's new owners will be hoping this brilliant form is just the beginning of an upward trend. Liverpool played much better than they did in the 1-0 win over West Ham, even in games they couldn't win. He called it a "special win" and if you think about it, he has a point. The question every team looking to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title asks is simple: could they, like City could, win the 10, 12, maybe 15 straight games it takes to win Throwing Pep Guardiola's team off their seat? The fact that Liverpool did the job despite his performance and not because of his performance should help make his claim. It was their 12th consecutive win in all competitions, in a run in which they have now kept eight clean sheets - including Saturday's win. Liverpool 1-0 West Ham - Match reportTeam line-up | Game stats "The number of games we've won over the last few weeks cannot be won without stress and the occasional bit of luck," was Klopp's accurate assessment. Manchester City will certainly know that; As they ousted Liverpool to the title by a single point in 2018/19, they brought three 1-0 wins over the line in their last five games, including that famous night against Leicester City when Vincent Kompany scored a memorable winner. And as they're likely to get better rather than worse, it would take a brave soul to choose between the two title contenders, at least before they meet at the Etihad next month. "We missed him for so long that we got used to it." So long was Reece James' length on the touchline and the plethora of games Chelsea had to manage in his absence that Thomas Tuchel seemed to have forgotten just how influential Reece James is. After James' performance at Burnley, it wasn't lost to the Chelsea head coach - nor was it to go to the Blues' Champions League rivals. Chelsea were second best in the first half of the trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, with Tuchel revealing he had to repeat his pre-game instructions to his players at the break. His call worked, and James sparked an emphatic victory. In his first Premier League appearance since returning from the hamstring injury that had ruled him out since December 29, the England international showed Chelsea exactly what they've been missing. His superb run and raspy finish opened Burnley's floodgates and then he met Kai Havertz for the second of the afternoon for the German as he scored his fifth goal and sixth assist of the season on his much-anticipated return to the Premier League . "When he's back you see what you're missing," added Tuchel. With such an important cog back from Tuchel's machine - and seemingly better than ever - a campaign that has already brought about world domination may not be over for Chelsea. Burnley 0-4 Chelsea Match Report and HighlightsChelsea fans sing 'Abramovich' during Ukraine tributeHow the teams line up | Match Stats Worrying prospects for Burnley Miss the quality they missed in a first half as they dominated against European and World champions Chelsea, and defended just as poorly as in the second half, and their Premier League status could be at stake expire season. Each player in claret and blue stuck to his task and a colorless Chelsea were on hand. The only thing missing was a goal but when Dwight McNeil got the chance to deliver just that after Edouard Mendy fluttered from a cross, the opportunity was missed. Burnley let Chelsea off the hook and the visitors ruthlessly forced them to pay the price. The opportunity to rise above Everton and get out of the last three was missed and the Clarets' goal difference - marred by four unanswered goals in the second half - is now worse than the Toffees'. The hope for Burnley is that they clearly have an achievement in them. Her three unbeaten games before Tuesday's loss to Leicester - and her first-half performance against Chelsea - proved that. Dyche's challenge now is to deliver that form consistently because if Burnley are to continue in the same vein as that last outing their days in the top flight almost certainly appear to be numbered. Debut loss but Marsch has reason to believe Jesse Marsch had the positivity personified after Leeds defeat at Leicester. While another loss adds intensity to the fight against relegation, the performance on the pitch provided more than enough evidence that this Leeds side have the potential to escape danger ahead of the season finale. Marsch called the show a "major step forward" from what had come before, and throughout the competition they were the more menacing side. After keeping a first clean sheet in the first 45 minutes of an away game since October, they had registered eight attempts on goal in the second half before Harvey Barnes made a crucial attack on the Foxes' run of play. There were impressive saves from Kasper Schmeichel and missed moments from the guests. Leicester 0-1 Leeds Match Report and HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match Stats With Leeds playing in a 4-2-2-2 formation and often switching to a front four - on and off ball possession - it was clear that Marsch would be kept busy on the ground during his four-day training spell. These game patterns and ideas will be implemented even more effectively in the coming weeks. While the sight of speedy four forwards Dan James, Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo running down the Leicester backline was worrying for Leicester defenders, there is also the prospect of Patrick Bamford recovering. The fit forward didn't make it off the bench at the King Power but it's tempting to assume that game could have gone the other way had Leeds had had a finisher of his skills on the field. In a post-game scrum in the center circle, Marsch very publicly supported his side's efforts in Saturday's loss. Pointless platitudes don't count for much at this stage of the season - but with some cheap games Leeds supporters can be encouraged from the start and into the post-Bielsa era. Aston Villa's Brazilian loanee Philippe Coutinho was again on hand to crush an in-form Southampton side 4-0 at home on Saturday, with the playmaker involved in three of his side's goals, including another for the man himself. Aston Villa 4-0 Southampton - Match report and highlightsTeam line-up | Match statistics His manager and former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard rightly purred after the full-time whistle, stating: "With all due respect to everyone else on the pitch, he [Coutinho] has shown a level that is above the game. And with good reason, as the 29-year-old has now been directly involved in six goals in just four Premier League games for his new team at Villa Park, with three goals and three assists. Attacking numbers that will certainly make up the rest It was as if Christian Eriksen had never been away, in his first start at Brentford and his first start since suffering cardiac arrest while almost playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020 nine months ago, the showed Midfielder at Norwich did a great job that reminded us all of his genius: he had the most touches (68), most passes (46), most passes in the last third (17) and most crosses (9) of any Brentford Players at Carrow Road. Norwich 1-3 Brentford - Match Report and HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match Statistics He was also instrumental in scoring Brentford's first two goals, with his corner kicks contributing to both. And any doubts about his fitness were dispelled as he played the whole game - including eight minutes of added time at the end of the game. His rugby-style tackle even sparked an amazing moment as the Norwich defender lost his temper only to find it was Eriksen and instead he smiled and hugged his opponent. And the best thing for Brentford is that he's just getting started. "I think he was good, but I think he'll be even better," said Bees boss Thomas Frank after the win. If the 30-year-old does improve, Brentford will be looking up rather than down in the short term and become the club's 'biggest signing of all time', as Frank hinted last month. In the longer term, however, Brentford will prove to be a springboard for Eriksen, who is aiming to return to one of Europe's elite clubs in the summer. For now, though, it's time to acknowledge his amazing comeback, which is a much-needed feel-good story. Palace perfect but Wolves stuck Crystal Palace's performance at Wolves was perfect in terms of away appearances. Within 10 minutes of kick-off, Molineux was reassured by the visitors' confident start. They would push high on the field, move the ball in a targeted manner and when they lost the ball, they immediately pushed to win it back. Now 10th, Palace don't have to look over their shoulder at what's behind them - if they were at all. Patrick Vieira's side are regular points after avoiding defeat in five of their last six Premier League games and his side spoke afterwards about the importance of maintaining their momentum. Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace match report and highlightsTeam line-up | Match stats Palace face Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals this month and should be focused on ending this campaign on a league high in preparation for next season. Their first-half performance at Wolves should set a benchmark for what they can achieve. While Palace's season is in full swing, Wolves' appears to be in decline as three straight defeats dampen their hopes of a top-four finish. Their lack of goals - just 10 at home in the league - would always catch up with them, but the decision to bench Raul Jimenez in the last two games seems odd. Palace centre-backs Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi had an easy afternoon as the hosts failed to have a focus up front. But frustrated manager Bruno Lage seems to have bigger problems after he accused his younger players of not working hard enough following a first-half injury to Ki-Jana Hoever against Palace. Christian Eriksen impressed on his full debut for Brentford at Norwich

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Minute Report: Can Arsenal keep up the pressure in the race for top 4? Find out here (Author: Gardener)

4This website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute Report: Can Arsenal keep up the pressure in the race for top 4? Thank you for your company and your opinion on red shorts. Meanwhile, there is a game taking place in Greater Manchester. Watford at the wrong end of the goal line Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Both teams remain in order - Watford's eighth consecutive home defeat, Arsenal's fourth away win. But this was a real competition with Watford showing a lot of fighting spirit and scoring a glorious goal and Arsenal prevailing on their superior weaving and some class from Odegaard, Lacazette and most notably Saka. A speculative cross reaches Sissoko, who fools White in the six-yard area and pokes home. Watford FC's Moussa Sissoko celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images 96 mins: There's some Argy-Bargy on Watford's right with a yellow for Hernandez but it's Arsenal's shot and the last chance simply refuses to come for Watford. 95 min: The calmest man on the field is Ramsdale, who sees a cross coming his way and waits for it to trickle into the penalty area. 93 min: Arsenal is nervous. Nketiah walks into the book while stepping on Sissoko. Watford gets back in front and Sissoko has a long shot, good but right at Ramsdale. 91 min: We had one of five minutes of overtime. 90 min: Spring is back in Watford's stride. Foster takes a free kick but hits it straight to his fellow goalkeeper. Roy Hodgson sends a new boy, Samuel Kalu, and undresses Tom Cleverley. Arteta responds with a defensive move, sending in a centre-back, Rob Holding, for Odegaard, who would be a worthy man of the game without Saka. 83 mins: Arsenal waste a few corners as Saka shows he's only human after all, but they come back and it's Pepe's turn to float in a nice cross, well cleared. Roy Hodgson reaches for an extra layer of clothing when he really needs more firepower. 80 mins: Watford blows another good opening as Dennis is sloppy with an easy pass. Arsenal attack at the other end where Nketiah hits Foster with a drilled shot that shakes the post. 78 min: Pepe, set up by Saka, jumps in but shoots wide. Lacazette walks off, applauding warmly for his two assists as Eddie Nketiah comes on. 77 mins: Saka was pushed left to make room for Pepe. Not that it bothers him: he curls up in a cross, more of a caress that does Watford good to walk away. 75 mins: Lacazette wants a penalty when he gets a nudge in the heel but Craig Pawson isn't interested. 73 min: The corner goes blank and Arteta takes the opportunity to slow down the pace with a change – Pepe for Martinelli. 72 min: Opportunity! Femenia drills a cross from the right straight at Dennis on the left but he can't control his shot. 70 mins: Arsenal have for the first time what the scorecard suggests has happened all afternoon: some sustained pressure. They win two corners, but the only shot is a tame chip from Ben White, which is easily held by fellow Ben Foster. 67min: Odegaard shoves Saka close to the penalty spot and only a fine tackle from Kamara keeps it 4-1. Min.64: Roy Hodgson takes Louza, who actually lost the ball before the third goal, and sends the more attacking Kayembe on. 62 mins: Tierney takes a trip with Joao Cancelo and feeds Saka, but his touch is once aware. The ball goes up the other end, as usual, where Hernandez is in space on the right and tees off to Dennis, getting stuck in traffic. 61 min: Somewhere in the last few minutes, Cedric Soares picked up a yellow card, the first of the day. 60 min: There was someone else in the game for the third goal: Arteta. When the ball went wide to the right, he asked her to throw in quickly. 56 mins: We're through again when an Arsenal attack orchestrated by Odegaard fizzles out and then Kamara has a shot that's high and wide. Watford are still showing spirit but they needed a moment of individual inspiration to score while Arsenal were in a craft class weaving quilts together all afternoon. Some crisp passes on the right, a nice flick from Odegaard, a decent lay-off from Lacazette and a beautiful curler from Martinelli. Gabriel Martinelli celebrates after scoring his team's third goal. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images 54 mins: Watford are looking for a penalty when Odegaard, who is helping out in defence, clumsily challenges Joao Pedro. 50 mins: Hernandez goes for a free-kick when he and White head in just outside the box. There's not much in it, but Hernandez stays down, then gets up and gives the referee the benefit of his opinion. Watford brought it on demand and tenacity, but Arsenal undoubtedly won on class and composure. “Early doors left,” says Rick Harris, “so although Arsenal are ahead again I wouldn't put their credit on them to lose that yet. To answer Neil Waters I think the red shorts could be Arteta psychology to fool his team into thinking it's Liverpool? Goa; half by Juan Camilo Hernandez of Watford. 49 min: A heartless caption informs Watford they have lost at half-time 11 times this season and accumulated a point in those games overall. 47 mins: Watford almost embarrassed Ramsdale after luring him to the left. His clearance goes straight to Sissoko, who can't quite find the space to pull off the 40-yard chip calling him. In the burning question of the day - Arsenal's red shorts - Neil Waters is back for more. “Traditionally, Arsenal always wore white shorts and socks. In recent years they have started wearing red socks or hoop versions. But never before have they worn red shorts. "As an aside, there used to be a rule in the Arsenal dressing room that all players had to dress all players that day, no matter what sleeve length the captain chose. I'm pretty sure it ended after Patrick Vieira.” “I was trying to figure out,” says Norrie Hernon, “how Arsenal will score the 18-22 goals it takes to finish in the top four. I currently have Saka and ESR four each, Odegaard and Martinelli two and Lacazette one, leaving 5-9 own goals. 45+1 min: Gabriel has an easy ball to pass to Saka but he somehow distorts it, giving the Watford fans a chance to show a delighted taunt. 45 min: After the corner was taken briefly, Gabriel heads over it after a cross. 44 min: Arsenal only have to hold the ball until half-time, which is fine with them. The ball slowly makes its way to Martinelli, whose shot is hard but blocked. 41 min: Alan Smith points out that Cleverley is pushing ahead ahead of Odegaard, who is given too much space. Roy might have something to say about that in a few minutes. 39 min: Watford still keeps their heads up here, stringing together some passes without getting out of the middle third. "Why are Arsenal wearing red shorts?" wonders Neil Waters. "Surely that's the first one?" I hope someone who knows their Arsenal shirts better than I is reading this. 37 min: Lacazette is fouled by Louza, not very intelligent but 35 yards away. The free-kick leads to a cross from Martinelli, who has too much of it. 35 mins: The reps show what a good touch it was from Lacazette, a deft back heel to Saka. "Hodgson will know that after Leeds, Burnley and Norwich lost yesterday, Watford need to take three points here to build the momentum necessary to avoid relegation," says Rick Harris. "The point at Old Trafford may have given the Watford players the belief that they could ambush an Arsenal side who so often flatter to deceive." You can probably tell that was written before Saka's gate. Excellent from Saka, who steals Cleverley's bag, summons another of his whipping doubles (this time with Lacazette) and puts it away. Bukayo Saka steals the ball and scores. 33 mins: Watford had twice as many shots on target as Arsenal but both Arsenal's went into the net. 28 min: Watford breaks free, Dennis and Louza give and go right. The cross is tame but they stay in top field and Sissoko attempts a long shot that soars into the crowd. 27 min: Another shot from Partey, another kick. 24 min: The free kick (from Louza) goes on target again, but again no problem for Ramsdale. Watford comes back and Dennis shoots hard. Ramsdale can only save and Pedro almost pounces on the loose ball. Lots of spark from Watford. 23 min: Watford advances again and Pedro takes a cheap free-kick, 22 yards down the inside right channel. 20 min: Cleverley plays a couple of ambitious passes from left half to right wing as if to remind us he once played for England. Nothing comes from them but Watford shows intent. 17 min: It's still very end-to-end. Dennis crosses deep into the penalty area without finding anyone on his wavelength. Then comes Odegaard with noble accents in D, and Partey pops in a shot - just wide. Screamer: Watford's Cucho Hernandez celebrates his first goal with Emmanuel Dennis and Tom Cleverley. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters 12 min: It was a scissor kick! Beautifully shot from close to the penalty spot, giving Ramsdale no chance. Thanks to Femenia for a downed cross and to Sissoko, who performed well down the right flank and showed her toughness to the max. 15 min: Saka was the man of the first sixth of the game. He spent the last minute giving an urgent master class. 14 min: Free kick for Arsenal, but nothing comes of it. They should still win that, but my theory that they'll stay fourth through May is correct. 9 min: Dennis wins a free kick for Watford, left corner of the box. Hernandez has an effort on goal, but without much venom, and it's an easy catch for Ramsdale. 8 mins: Saka slices through Watford again and sets Soares up for a cross from the TAA zone. He throws in a nice curling ball, but Lacazette is unaware. Martin Odegaard celebrates his team's first goal. 7 min: Arsenal are now knocking it around in a stately fashion. 6 min: It was all about quick feet and quick minds - Odegaard played a double, possibly a three, with Bukayo Saka down the right flank and then fired home from around 12 yards. 3 min: Arsenal have elegant possession but Watford, led by Sissoko, get stuck. 2 min: It was a crisp finish from Dennis, very Thierry Henry, and a nice little through ball from Joao Pedro. 1 min: Dennis has the ball in the net! The players take the knee and Tom Cleverley takes the first touch. The players emerge to find the crowd holding up yellow and blue placards in solidarity with Ukraine. Watford fans hold up cards in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to show peace and sympathy with Ukraine. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images Watford is in yellow and black, Arsenal in red and white - but with red shorts. And some red leggings too, because it's bitterly cold. "Arsenal are helping Everton today and Everton are helping Arsenal tomorrow." Ha. Watford are without their brightest spark, Ismaila Sarr, and they have been hopeless at home lately, losing seven straight league games. Arsenal, who can usually be counted on as poor travellers, have won their last three away games. Another win here will move her from sixth to fourth place, the place her name has been all over the place for weeks. The only thing that could stop them staying there tonight would be if Man United go into shock in the derby. Still, there are glimmers of hope for Watford, fresh from a triumphant 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. They came close to something similar in November at the Emirates, with Arsenal winning by a single controversial goal (after failing to return the ball to Watford, who put it out sportingly). In his last six league games against Arsenal, all with Palace, he has recorded one win and four draws, the only defeat coming in the meaningless month of May. A win today would lift Watford to 18th, level on points with Everton. Roy Hodgson makes three changes to a draw team, bringing in Kiko Femenia, Cucho Hernandez and Joao Pedro. Mikel Arteta stays with a winning team as Emile Smith Rowe is still not doing well. Arsenal must be doing well - they just got praised by Roy Keane.

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Watford vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League Result, Full Time Score and Reaction - Latest updates and action from the Premier League clash at Vicarage Road (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueArsenal climbed back into the Premier League top four as goals from Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli helped them to a lively 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road. It was a win that was more convincing for the Gunners than the result would suggest, as their young attacking players shone to punish a Hornets side who, to their credit, fought valiantly to the end. Emmanuel Dennis had the ball in the net after just 17 seconds and it was ruled offside, although a stunning finish from Cucho Hernandez nullified Odegaard's opener and Moussa Sissoko set up a gallery finish as he cut the deficit to 3-2 just minutes from time. But a draw would have been more than the Hornets deserved and their battle against relegation from the Premier League looks like an increasingly difficult battle. For their part, the Gunners have their fate in the top four in their own hands and three superb finishes from Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli - all of whom should have bright futures at the Emirates - demonstrate the quality Mikel Arteta can count on when the season begins reached the end of business. Relive Arsenal vs Watford Premier League action below: GOAL! 5' - Odegaard combines with Saka to end a nifty move and give Arsenal the lead, 0-1GOAL! 11' - Hernandez with an acrobatic punch to equalize for Watford, 1-1 GOAL! 52' – Martinelli shoots in a third with another great finish, 1-3 17:03 , Michael Jones 31 mins: De Bruyne is now the first Manchester City player to appear in this Premier League game since Sergio Aguero in April scored a brace in 2015. 16:59, Michael Jones 28 min: City in front again! The rebound comes to Bernardo Silva but his attempt hits Alex Telles and United still can't clear his lines. Kevin De Bruyne gets the last chance and smokes it home with a solid right-footed shot from eight yards. Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish all combine short passes to put the ball inside Man Utd's box. Bernardo puts it to Grealish, who sends a cross into the box and finds Foden, who whips his head at the ball and sends it over the top of the bar! 16:52, Michael Jones 22 min: Great finish from Jadon Sancho! Jack Grealish's pass into the box is won by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who passes it to Bruno Fernandes. Fernandes gives it up front and sends Paul Pogba into half of town. Sancho joins him with a run down the left flank and Pogba rolls the ball over to him. He pits it, checks Kyle Walker and John Stones, then leads and curls to the inside of the far post! 16:50 , Michael Jones 17 min: Paul Pogba is caught on the ball and loses it deep in his own half. Joao Cancelo slams a pass at Kevin De Bruyne's feet, who drives into the box and forces David De Gea into a low cross to his left. He parries the ball back into the center of the box as Harry Maguire and Phil Foden battle to reach it first. The referee has a good view of the coming together and whistles for United's free-kick. 16:47, Michael Jones 14 minutes: Manchester United wins the ball in their own half and tries to sweep forward on a counterattack. The ball comes to Bruno Fernandes, who spins off a tackle and sees Anthony Elanga make a good run through the inside left channel. He's trying to fire via a diagonal pass when Jack Grealish comes in from behind and brings down the United playmaker. 16:43, Michael Jones 11 minutes: Paul Pogba sends Anthony Elanga free on the right wing. He manages to pass it to Pogba, but he's quickly knocked out by three City defenders and the attack collapses. Jadon Sancho brings the ball into the penalty area from the left and pushes it across to Bruno Fernandes on the front edge of the penalty area. He shoves a short pass down the middle where Fred collects the ball and loops around Kyle Walker. His final touch takes the ball away from him and Ederson is quick off his line to download it before Fred can get a shot away. 16:36 , Michael Jones 5 min: Manchester City takes the lead within five minutes! They work the ball down the left, Jack Grealish combines with Bernardo Silva to take it wide of the box. Grealish leaves it to Bernardo, who runs to the touchline and pulls the ball back into the box. 16:35 , Michael Jones 3 minutes: In the timid early stages, Manchester United tried to maintain possession and play through the Man City press with limited success. 16:31, Michael Jones Kick off: Manchester United open the game at the Etihad Stadium. The visitors have won four of the last five Premier League derbies at this pitch and are hoping for a further three points today. The ball comes to Harry Maguire, who hits it down the right wing where the ball is won by Man City mid-air. 16:24 , Michael Jones Manchester United have gone eight Premier League games unbeaten - four wins, four draws - their longest unbeaten run in the league. They have scored in seven of those eight games, with last weekend's draw ending Watford 0-0. 16:21 , Michael Jones Manchester City have won 15 of their last 17 Premier League games, with a draw and a loss in this run. The reigning champions have won all 20 league games in which they scored first this season. But Pep Guardiola has lost four home games against Manchester United, more than against any other opponent in his coaching career. Bukayo Saka is the star as Arsenal move into the top four with a 16-19 win at Watford. Michael Jones Bukayo Saka scored and set up another as Arsenal moved into the top four with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Watford. The Gunners ensured they didn't lose ground in the fight for a Champions League spot in a game packed with high-profile finishers at Vicarage Road. Martin Odegaard gave the visitors an early lead and responded dutifully after boss Mikel Arteta urged the Norway captain to add more goals to his game. Bukayo Saka is the star as Arsenal move into the top 4 with Watford win A 'big loss' for Manchester United if he misses the derby against Manchester City. Speculation has suggested the Portuguese will miss the Etihad Stadium game through injury Playing against Pep Guardiola's champions could mean his absence doesn't mean a huge blow to their chances. Cristiano Ronaldo not a 'big loss' for Man United in derby, claims Gary Neville 16:14 , Michael Jones 0 win in March 2020. This will be the 50th Premier League clash between the clubs. There have been 21 away wins, more than any other game in the history of the competition. Man City are looking to complete the league double against United for the second time under manager Pep Guardiola, having already done so in 2018/19. The Red Devils have won four consecutive league and cup games against City for the first time in a four-game streak between 1993 and 2000. Man City vs Man Utd: line-ups and changes 16:09 , Michael Jones Man City make three changes ahead of the derby. Kyle Walker comes into defence, replacing Ruben Dias, meaning John Stones will switch from right-back to centre-back. Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez come on the attack with Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan dropping to the bench. For Man Utd, Harry Maguire returns to Victor Lindelof in the absence of Raphael Varane, who is out with Covid. Jadon Sancho replaces Cristiano Ronaldo, which could mean Bruno Fernandes or Anthony Elanga as a false nine. Scott McTominay also returns to midfield in place of Nemanja Matic. Here's a reminder of the two line-ups: 16:03, Michael Jones Watford threatened a comeback right at the end of the game but Arsenal managed enough game management to end their win. That's now four straight wins for Mikel Arteta's men who move up to fourth place ahead of Manchester United... 16:00 , Michael Jones 90+6 mins: Arsenal hold out! 15:51 , Michael Jones 90+2 min: Cedric Soares knocks to the ground and takes a few seconds out of the game. Arsenal worked the ball to Nketiah, who passed it to Saka. Saka tries to put the ball in the corner but gets into trouble and Watford wins the ball back. 15:49, Michael Jones 90 min: Five minutes of stoppage time! 15:46, Michael Jones 87 min: Game on! Cucho Hernandez swings a forward pass into the box, where Moussa Sissoko chests the ball down and pulls it into Ben White, who is thrown out of position. Sissoko takes one look at goal, spotting Aaron Ramsdale's position and deflecting his shot to the opposite side of the net, sending the ball over the line from the inside of the far post! 15:44, Michael Jones 84 mins: Cucho Hernandez has a rare chance to create something for Watford as the ball comes to him inside the box. 15:41 , Michael Jones 81 min: Off the post! Eddie Nketiah comes on as a substitute for Alexandre Lacazette and makes an impression almost immediately as Arsenal charge forward on the break. Martin Odegaard puts the ball on the field and pushes it into the right side of the penalty area. 15:36, Michael Jones 78 minutes: Thomas Partey swims a nice pass into the right side of the penalty area, which Nicolas Pepe brings under control. He tries to slice to his left foot to score a shy goal but Hassane Kamara steps in and takes the ball from him. 15:34 , Michael Jones 75 minutes: In the last 15 minutes at Vicarage Road. The big news from the Etihad Stadium is that Manchester United will be without Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo for their eventual derby game against Man City. 15:31 , Michael Jones – Manchester City (@ManCity) March 6, 2022Introducing our Reds for the Derby ⚔️#MUFC | #MCIMUN - Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 6, 2022 15:28, Michael Jones 69 mins: The next Arsenal corner is directed from the penalty area but recovered by the visitors. Saka receives the ball on the right side and chips it to Ben White in the penalty area. He has time to make a touch and then flick the ball towards goal but leaves Ben Foster with a very easy save. 15:27, Michael Jones 66 minutes: Arsenal win a corner and take their time to prepare. 15:22, Michael Jones 61 mins: Imran Louza is stripped by Roy Hodgson and replaced by Edo Kayembe. 15:21, Michael Jones 58 minutes: Cedric Soares picks up the first yellow card of the game for an attack on Joao Pedro. Kiko Femenia flicks the ball over the top and plays Cucho Hernandez into the right side of the box. He pulls it back to Emmanuel Dennis and the Watford striker sees his attempt blocked by Ben White! Ramsdale tries to clear his lines under pressure from Emmanuel Dennis and ends up passing them straight to Joao Pedro. Pedro kicks the ball inside for Dennis, who deftly rolls it to Tom, allowing the midfielder to get a first shot on goal. Ramsdale closes the gap at the near post and gets behind the shot as he comes in, latching onto the ball and smothering it for Arsenal. 15:11, Michael Jones 52 mins: Another great finish from Arsenal! A loose pass from Louza sends the ball out of play and Saka takes a quick throw-in to bomb Cedric down the inside right channel. He squares the ball to Odegaard, who passes it directly to Lacazette in the penalty area. He puts it down for the first time to Martinelli, who runs towards the ball and directs his shot straight into the far left corner! 15:10, Michael Jones 51 mins: Ben White meets Cucho Hernandez, with the Watford striker falling to the ground and elbowed to the face. There really wasn't much to it and Hernandez tried to buy a free-kick on the edge of Arsenal's box. 15:07, Michael Jones 48 mins: Cedric Soares makes a slide challenge deep in his own half and knocks the ball out for a Watford corner. The ball is thrown to Tom Cleverly, who whips a cross into the box and sends it straight into Aaron Ramsdale's hands. 15:04 , Michael Jones Kick-off: Arsenal get the game back on track. It was a fairly even fight in terms of chances created in the first 45 minutes but Arsenal pushed for possession and will try to do the same in this half. Man City vs Man Utd: Time to find out if Manchester United is good, bad or broke 14:59 , Michael Jones It has been three months since Ralf Rangnick's first game as Manchester United manager and do you feel that things could have gone better, the bad news is that that was the easy part. That upcoming set of games between Sunday's Manchester derby and late April is far more difficult. At least if you look at the league table United are where they want to be or where they can best hope to finish. United have lost just one of their 13 league games under Rangnick. It's time to find out if Manchester United is good, bad or broken. China Suspends Premier League Coverage to Avoid Broadcasting Statements of Solidarity with Ukraine ' Statement of Solidarity with Ukraine. The Premier League plans to show its support for the Ukrainian people in the face of the country's devastating Russian invasion, with club captains having to wear armbands in the national colors of yellow and blue in all 10 games. China blocks broadcast of Premier League clubs support for Ukraine 14:51 , Michael Jones A goal and an assist for this man has given Arsenal the lead at half-time so far. 14:49, Michael Jones 45+2 minutes: A fascinating first half comes to an end at Vicarage Road with Arsenal taking a one-goal lead at the break. Martin Odegaard opened the scoring after Emmanuel Dennis ruled out a goal for offside. Cucho Hernandez equalized for the home side before a cool finish from Bukayo Saka put the Gunners back ahead. 14:47, Michael Jones 45 mins: Watford defends the corner well enough but Arsenal quickly regain the ball. 14:46, Michael Jones 42 min: Close! Kieran Tierney brings the ball down the left wing and passes it up to Granit Xhaka. He flicks the ball inside to Thomas Partey, who threads a pass into the box for Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli opens a half yard and shoots, but Craig Cathcart is there to block the ball for a corner. 14:43 , Michael Jones 39 minutes: Louza is definitely pumped out there. Partey tries a pass to Xhaka, who can't control the ball. He gives the Arsenal man a fierce shove to get him off the ball for Watford to execute a quick free-kick. 14:41, Michael Jones 36 mins: Imran Louza fouls Alexandre Lacazette and gives the Arsenal captain a few words for going down. 14:36, Michael Jones 33 mins: Two shots on target by Arsenal, two goals scored. 14:33, Michael Jones 30 min: Nice goal! Bukayo Saka snatches the ball from Tom Cleverly deep in Watford's half and passes it up to Alexandre Lacazette in the box. The Arsenal forward lays it down with a back heel flip and Saka runs for the ball and laces it into the net! 14:31, Michael Jones 27 minutes: Emmanuel Dennis has been top quality for Watford so far. 14:28 , Michael Jones 24 min: The free kick fizzles out as Imran Louza smashes it straight into Aaron Ramsdale's arms. Gabriel then shoots the ball across the field and returns it to the home team. Sissoko drives it forward to the inside right before passing the ball to Emmanuel Dennis. He pits, slices to his left foot and shoots, forcing Ramsdale to a low dive stop to his right. The Arsenal keeper fumbles the ball and Joao Pedro almost takes advantage of the error but Cedric smacks him on the loose ball and knocks it away! 14:25, Michael Jones 21 minutes: It was a very good and open game in those first 20 minutes or so. Watford defends a long throw-in from Thomas Partey into the box and works the ball down the inside left channel before switching to the opposite wing. Moussa Sissoko there's Joao Pedro leaning on Gabriel and winning a free kick just outside Arsenal's penalty area. 14:20, Michael Jones 18 min: Chance! 14:20, Michael Jones 18 min: Chance! 14:20, Michael Jones 18 min: Chance! Arsenal lash in a cross from the right wing but Hernandez is back in his own box to head the ball away for Watford. Granit Xhaka keeps the move alive for Arsenal, pushing up the pitch and recapturing the ball on the front edge of the box before putting it on Thomas Partey. He rolls the ball onto his left foot and rolls neatly onto the left post, but shoots it just wide! 14:18, Michael Jones 15 mins: Joao Pedro brings the ball into the penalty area from the right wing and puts in a short pass to Emmanuel Dennis. He puts the ball into the box and drills a low pass into the six-yard box for Cucho Hernandez, but Gabriel blocks the pass and clears the Arsenal lines. 14:12, Jack Rathborn 11 minutes: What a goal by Watford! Moussa Sissoko gets the ball to the right side of Arsenal's box but fails to pick a pass down the middle. He lays it down to Emmanuel Dennis, who holds the ball long enough for Kiko Femenia to make an overlapping run. Dennis gives him the ball and the right-back hooks a cross into the center of the box where Cucho Hernandez hits a perfectly timed scissors shot and Aaron Ramsdale hits the near post! Watford FC's Cucho Hernandez celebrates with team-mate Hassane Kamara (Getty Images) 14:10, Michael Jones 8 mins: Almost! 14:10, Michael Jones 8 min: Almost! Arsenal continue their dominance of the ball, sending it back to Saka on the right. He gets the ball over the wing but runs into trouble and has to return it to Cedric Soares. Soares rolls a teasing cross into the box where Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka are waiting, but the ball narrowly escapes both Arsenal players and goes wide for a goal kick. 14:05 , Jack Rathborn 5 minutes: What a start to the game! Since Watford's disallowed goal, the Gunners have taken control of the ball. It is reworked to the right wing where Bukayo Saka fits into the inside right channel for Martin Odegaard. In the turn, he heels the ball around Hassane Kamara and plays Saka behind the left-back, who can carry the ball into the penalty area. Saka then slices back to Odegaard, who fires a fine left footed shot into the far bottom corner! 14:03 , Jack Rathborn Kickoff: Canceled goal! 17 seconds after Watford kicked off the game, they get the ball in Arsenal's goal. The ball is played down the left wing and heads down Joao Pedro's path. He pushes a through ball into the penalty area, which Emmanuel Dennis holds after a back leg. Watford's Emmanuel Dennis scores his first goal before it's disallowed (Action Images via Reuters) 13:58, Michael Jones Here come the teams. 13:58 , Michael Jones Here come the teams. Arsenal could end the day in the top four if they beat Watford away this afternoon. Last time out, the Hornets managed to draw against Manchester United. Can they build on that performance today and take points away from the Gunners as well? Kick-off is next. 13:53 , Michael Jones No player has lost more in the Premier League this season than Watford's Emmanuel Dennis. The Hornets lost four times when he found the net, but they have scored just two goals in their six games under Roy Hodgson. Although , Watford have accumulated four points in their last three home games against Arsenal in the Premier League with one win, one draw and one loss in that run. 1:49pm, Michael Jones Emile Smith Rowe is Arsenal's top scorer in the Premier League this season with nine goals. He could have become just the second Arsenal player aged 21 or under to reach double figures in a Premier League season, emulating Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99 but missing the game through injury. Man City vs Man Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo 'not a big loss' for Manchester United in derby, claims Gary Neville 13:42 , Michael Jones Gary Neville claims Cristiano Ronaldo would not be 'a big loss' for Manchester United if he misses the derby against Manchester City. The Portuguese is speculated to miss the game at the Etihad Stadium through injury. But Neville insists the 37-year-old's profile and the style of play United are likely to play against Pep Guardiola's champions could mean he won't miss a significant punch for their chances. Cristiano Ronaldo is not a 'big loss' for Man United in the derby, claims Gary Neville on the road. Mikel Arteta's men have opened the scoring in each of their last five Premier League away games and have taken 22 points from a possible 27 since back-to-back defeats at Manchester United and Everton in early December. 13:38 , Michael Jones Watford have won one of their last 15 league and cup games, drawing three and losing 11. They have lost their previous seven Premier League games at Vicarage Road and 10 out of 13 overall this season - an 11th defeat would equate to a club record. But the Hornets have kept three clean sheets in their top six games under Roy Hodgson, as many as in their previous 38 in the division under four different managers. Man City vs Man Utd: 'I know my opinion': Ralf Rangnick on Manchester United's search for new manager 13:35 , Michael Jones Ralf Rangnick, acting manager of Manchester United, says he has his 'opinion' on who will be permanent manager of the should become clubs. Rangnick took over the club in November after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. Ralf Rangnick updates on Man United search for new manager Watford v Arsenal: Roy Hodgson determined to 'break the cycle' and stop rot at Watford 13:30 , Michael Jones Roy Hodgson admitted Watford 'breaks the cycle to break” series of disappointing results ahead of Arsenal's visit on Sunday. Watford have accumulated just five points from six games, including three clean sheets, following Hodgson's appointment to replace Claudio Ranieri in January. That run included just one win, however, Watford's first since November's memorable 4-1 win over Manchester United, which turned out to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last game, with the Hornets three points from safety. Roy Hodgson determined to break the cycle and stop the rot at Watford Watford v Arsenal: Hodgson hopes to replicate Villa and Man Utd results at 13-28 Michael Jones Watford manager Roy Hodgson hopes his team on the level where it was defeated Aston Villa away and draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford as they welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road today. He says taking points from the Gunners will be a "huge challenge" but with the right attitude Watford can post a positive result this afternoon. Hodgson said: It's a very big challenge, just like Aston Villa and Manchester United were. We came out of those games on the right page in terms of our performances and got something out of the game so we need to have the same attitude going into this game. “We know Arsenal are a very strong side and happen to be an in-form team, they fit together very well and produce the kind of football that gets results. "We have to be prepared for whatever they throw at us and hope that with our performance we feel as good about ourselves as Aston Villa and Manchester United did." Watford vs Arsenal: Arteta on Roy Hodgson and Watford 13:24 , Michael Jones Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke about what he expects from Watford today and how Hornets boss Roy Hodgson has been a positive influence since taking charge at Vicarage Road, saying: Roy is extremely good at leading the team in bringing the same mindset and working really hard and making the team really compact and hard to beat that's for sure. The quality that he has, he's got more experience than anyone in this league, how to shape the team, how to get the team where he wants it and he's exceptional at it." [Watford are] very solid, very organized, very clear about how they approach the game and what they want to take away from the game. "Of course we have to do what we set out to do and steer the game in a completely different direction, and that will be the challenge." It's a great stadium with a great atmosphere, everything is tight and you know what you're going to experience there .” 13:20 , Michael Jones Watford have scored seven points from a possible 45 against Arsenal in the Premier League – with two wins, one draw and 12 defeats – despite having lost just one of their last three home games against the Gunners.Arsenal are in have scored in all 15 Premier League games against Watford - the only team they have a better record against is West Brom, who have scored in all 26 games. except for a 2-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium in January 2017. Watford v Arsenal: Arsenal and Watford aim for a collaborative relationship 13:17 , Michael Jones Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that technical director Edu is aiming for a collaborative relationship to Watford I was previously occupied by Arsenal. The proximity of the bases would mean close links could easily be made, as Arteta himself had coached over the hedge from Watford's squad during his playing days with the Gunners. Mikel Arteta: Arsenal and Watford want to establish working relationship 13:14 , Michael Jones Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake were both substituted in Manchester City's midweek FA Cup win over Peterborough. 13:07 , Michael Jones Roy Hodgson makes three changes from the Watford side who played 0-0 against Manchester United last time out. Mikel Arteta's arsenal is unchanged from the team that defeated Wolves 2-1 in their last league game. 13:02 , Michael Jones This is how the Hornets line up for this afternoon's game against Arsenal! #WATARS pic.twitter.com/Sg7sbsl4Cx - Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) March 6, 2022We are unchanged from Thursday's win over Wolves ✅ COME ON YOU GUNNERS! #WATARS - Arsenal (@Arsenal) Mar 6 2022 12:55 , Michael Jones Watford comes into play 19th in the Premier League and three points from safety. Roy Hodgson's men will draw positive results from their 0-0 draw against Manchester United last weekend and hope to repeat that feat against Mikel Arteta's Arsenal today. The Gunners can end the day on top if they take three points against Watford and Manchester City later beat Manchester United in the derby. Arsenal have three games ahead of them against fourth-placed Man Utd and are well positioned to advance in the battle for Champions League spots. 12:47 , Michael Jones Watford has four points from their last three games after beating Aston Villa 1-0 away in February and giving Manchester United a goalless draw at Old Trafford last weekend. Their only slip-up in the run was a 4-1 defeat at the Vicarage Road to Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson will be hoping to respond with a strong performance against Arsenal today. They have won their last three straight league games since a goalless draw against Burnley in late January. That run has put them on the brink of entering the top four and Mikel Arteta will want to bring that momentum into tonight's clash at Vicarage Road. 12:41pm, Michael Jones Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been ruled out of Sunday's Manchester derby through injury and Edinson Cavani is also not in the squad for the game at the Etihad Stadium. That leaves United interim manager Ralf Rangnick with Marcus Rashford as the recognized centre-forward, with attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes also an option as a false nine. Ronaldo is Manchester United's top scorer this season with 15 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions, although the 37-year-old has only scored one of those goals in 2022 - a long-range effort in their 2-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion on March 15. February. 12:37 , Michael Jones Ismaila Sarr is absent from tonight's game against Arsenal after suffering a hamstring injury in Watford's goalless draw with Manchester United but Kiko Femenia could return after missing the game at Old Trafford with a slight knock. William Troost-Ekong is also absent with a muscle strain and defender Nicolas Nkoulou is close to returning to full training after being sidelined since November. Arsenal welcome Emile Smith Rowe, who sat out the Wolves win through illness, but Takehiro Tomiyasu remains a doubt with the calf injury that ruled him out of the Gunners' last game. 11:39 , Michael Jones Welcome to The Independent's coverage of today's Premier League action. There are two big games to play as Arsenal travel to Watford hoping to finish the day in the top four before Manchester City host rivals Manchester United in the late kick-off. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have won their last three league games in a row and travel to Vicarage Road at their best knowing that three points will be enough to lift them above Manchester United and into the top four - at least until the end of the Manchester derby later. Watford, meanwhile, are just one place ahead of Norwich at the bottom of the table but are just three points off 17th-placed Everton – despite having a significantly worse goal difference. 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Premier LeagueArsenal climbed back into the Premier League top four as goals from Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli helped them to a lively 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road. It was a win that was more convincing for the Gunners than the result would suggest, as their young attacking players shone to punish a Hornets side that, to their credit, fought valiantly to the end. Emmanuel Dennis had the ball in the net after just 17 seconds It was ruled out for offside, although a stunning finish from Cucho Hernandez nullified Odegaard's opener and Moussa Sissoko set up a grandstand finish as he cut the deficit to 3-2 just minutes from time. But a draw would have been more than the Hornets deserved and their battle against relegation from the Premier League looks like an increasingly difficult battle. For their part, the Gunners have their fate in the top four in their own hands and three superb finishes from Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli - all of whom should have bright futures at the Emirates - demonstrate the quality Mikel Arteta can count on when the season begins reached the end of business. Follow live Arsenal vs Watford Premier League action below: GOAL! 5' - Odegaard combines with Saka to end a nifty move and give Arsenal the lead, 0-1GOAL! 11' - Hernandez with an acrobatic punch to equalize for Watford, 1-1 GOAL! 52' - Martinelli shoots in a third with another great finish, 1-3 16:00, Michael Jones 90+6 min: Arsenal hold on! 15:51 , Michael Jones 90+2 min: Cedric Soares knocks to the ground and takes a few seconds out of the game. Arsenal worked the ball to Nketiah, who passed it to Saka. Saka tries to put the ball in the corner but gets into trouble and Watford wins the ball back. 15:49, Michael Jones 90 min: Five minutes of stoppage time! 15:46, Michael Jones 87 min: Game on! Cucho Hernandez swings a forward pass into the box, where Moussa Sissoko chests the ball down and pulls it into Ben White, who is thrown out of position. Sissoko takes one look at goal, spotting Aaron Ramsdale's position and deflecting his shot to the opposite side of the net, sending the ball over the line from the inside of the far post! 15:44, Michael Jones 84 mins: Cucho Hernandez has a rare chance to create something for Watford as the ball comes to him inside the box. 15:41 , Michael Jones 81 min: Off the post! Eddie Nketiah comes on as a substitute for Alexandre Lacazette and makes an impression almost immediately as Arsenal charge forward on the break. Martin Odegaard puts the ball on the field and pushes it into the right side of the penalty area. 15:36, Michael Jones 78 minutes: Thomas Partey swims a nice pass into the right side of the penalty area, which Nicolas Pepe brings under control. He tries to slice to his left foot to score a shy goal but Hassane Kamara steps in and takes the ball from him. 15:34 , Michael Jones 75 minutes: In the last 15 minutes at Vicarage Road. The big news from the Etihad Stadium is that Manchester United will be without Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo for their eventual derby game against Man City. 15:31 , Michael Jones – Manchester City (@ManCity) March 6, 2022Introducing our Reds for the Derby ⚔️#MUFC | #MCIMUN - Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 6, 2022 15:28, Michael Jones 69 mins: The next Arsenal corner is directed from the penalty area but recovered by the visitors. Saka receives the ball on the right side and chips it to Ben White in the penalty area. He has time to make a touch and then flick the ball towards goal but leaves Ben Foster with a very easy save. 15:27, Michael Jones 66 minutes: Arsenal win a corner and take their time to prepare. 15:22, Michael Jones 61 mins: Imran Louza is stripped by Roy Hodgson and replaced by Edo Kayembe. 15:21, Michael Jones 58 minutes: Cedric Soares picks up the first yellow card of the game for an attack on Joao Pedro. Kiko Femenia flicks the ball over the top and plays Cucho Hernandez into the right side of the box. He pulls it back to Emmanuel Dennis and the Watford striker sees his attempt blocked by Ben White! Ramsdale tries to clear his lines under pressure from Emmanuel Dennis and ends up passing them straight to Joao Pedro. Pedro kicks the ball inside for Dennis, who deftly rolls it to Tom, allowing the midfielder to get a first shot on goal. Ramsdale closes the gap at the near post and gets behind the shot as he comes in, latching onto the ball and smothering it for Arsenal. 15:11, Michael Jones 52 mins: Another great finish from Arsenal! A loose pass from Louza sends the ball out of play and Saka takes a quick throw-in to bomb Cedric down the inside right channel. He squares the ball to Odegaard, who passes it directly to Lacazette in the penalty area. He puts it down for the first time to Martinelli, who runs towards the ball and directs his shot straight into the far left corner! 15:10, Michael Jones 51 mins: Ben White meets Cucho Hernandez, with the Watford striker falling to the ground and elbowed to the face. There really wasn't much to it and Hernandez tried to buy a free-kick on the edge of Arsenal's box. 15:07, Michael Jones 48 mins: Cedric Soares makes a slide challenge deep in his own half and knocks the ball out for a Watford corner. The ball is thrown to Tom Cleverly, who whips a cross into the box and sends it straight into Aaron Ramsdale's hands. 15:04 , Michael Jones Kick-off: Arsenal get the game back on track. It was a fairly even fight in terms of chances created in the first 45 minutes but Arsenal pushed for possession and will try to do the same in this half. Man City vs Man Utd: Time to find out if Manchester United is good, bad or broke 14:59 , Michael Jones It has been three months since Ralf Rangnick's first game as Manchester United manager and do you feel that things could have gone better, the bad news is that that was the easy part. That upcoming set of games between Sunday's Manchester derby and late April is far more difficult. At least if you look at the league table United are where they want to be or where they can best hope to finish. It's time to find out if Manchester United is good, bad or broken. China Suspends Premier League Coverage to Avoid Broadcasting Statements of Solidarity with Ukraine ' Statement of Solidarity with Ukraine. The Premier League plans to show its support for the Ukrainian people in the face of the country's devastating Russian invasion, with club captains having to wear armbands in the national colors of yellow and blue in all 10 games. China blocks broadcast of Premier League clubs support for Ukraine 14:51 , Michael Jones A goal and an assist for this man has given Arsenal the lead at half-time so far. 14:49, Michael Jones 45+2 minutes: A fascinating first half comes to an end at Vicarage Road with Arsenal taking a one-goal lead at the break. Martin Odegaard opened the scoring after Emmanuel Dennis ruled out a goal for offside. Cucho Hernandez equalized for the home side before a cool finish from Bukayo Saka put the Gunners back ahead. 14:47, Michael Jones 45 mins: Watford defends the corner well enough but Arsenal quickly regain the ball. 14:46, Michael Jones 42 min: Close! Kieran Tierney brings the ball down the left wing and passes it up to Granit Xhaka. He flicks the ball inside to Thomas Partey, who threads a pass into the box for Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli opens a half yard and shoots, but Craig Cathcart is there to block the ball for a corner. 14:43 , Michael Jones 39 minutes: Louza is definitely pumped out there. Partey tries a pass to Xhaka, who can't control the ball. He gives the Arsenal man a fierce shove to get him off the ball for Watford to execute a quick free-kick. 14:41, Michael Jones 36 mins: Imran Louza fouls Alexandre Lacazette and gives the Arsenal captain a few words for going down. 14:36, Michael Jones 33 mins: Two shots on target by Arsenal, two goals scored. However, Watford have shown there's something about them today and they won't believe they haven't left this game just yet. 14:33, Michael Jones 30 min: Nice goal! Bukayo Saka snatches the ball from Tom Cleverly deep in Watford's half and passes it up to Alexandre Lacazette in the box. The Arsenal forward lays it down with a back heel flip and Saka runs for the ball and laces it into the net! 14:31, Michael Jones 27 minutes: Emmanuel Dennis has been top quality for Watford so far. 14:28 , Michael Jones 24 min: The free kick fizzles out as Imran Louza smashes it straight into Aaron Ramsdale's arms. Gabriel then shoots the ball across the field and returns it to the home team. Sissoko drives it forward to the inside right before passing the ball to Emmanuel Dennis. He pits, slices to his left foot and shoots, forcing Ramsdale to a low dive stop to his right. The Arsenal keeper fumbles the ball and Joao Pedro almost takes advantage of the error but Cedric smacks him on the loose ball and knocks it away! 14:25, Michael Jones 21 minutes: It was a very good and open game in those first 20 minutes or so. Watford defends a long throw-in from Thomas Partey into the box and works the ball down the inside left channel before switching to the opposite wing. Moussa Sissoko there's Joao Pedro leaning on Gabriel and winning a free kick just outside Arsenal's penalty area. 14:20, Michael Jones 18 min: Chance! 14:20, Michael Jones 18 min: Chance! Arsenal lash in a cross from the right wing but Hernandez is back in his own box to head the ball away for Watford. Granit Xhaka keeps the move alive for Arsenal, pushing up the pitch and recapturing the ball on the front edge of the box before putting it on Thomas Partey. He rolls the ball onto his left foot and rolls neatly onto the left post, but shoots it just wide! 14:18, Michael Jones 15 mins: Joao Pedro brings the ball into the penalty area from the right wing and puts in a short pass to Emmanuel Dennis. He puts the ball into the box and drills a low pass into the six-yard box for Cucho Hernandez, but Gabriel blocks the pass and clears the Arsenal lines. 14:12, Jack Rathborn 11 minutes: What a goal by Watford! Moussa Sissoko gets the ball to the right side of Arsenal's box but fails to pick a pass down the middle. He lays it down to Emmanuel Dennis, who holds the ball long enough for Kiko Femenia to make an overlapping run. Dennis gives him the ball and the right-back hooks a cross into the center of the box where Cucho Hernandez hits a perfectly timed scissors shot and Aaron Ramsdale hits the near post! Watford FC's Cucho Hernandez celebrates with team-mate Hassane Kamara (Getty Images) 14:10, Michael Jones 8 mins: Almost! Arsenal continue their dominance of the ball, sending it back to Saka on the right. He gets the ball over the wing but runs into trouble and has to return it to Cedric Soares. Soares rolls a teasing cross into the box where Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka are waiting, but the ball narrowly escapes both Arsenal players and goes wide for a goal kick. 14:05 , Jack Rathborn 5 minutes: What a start to the game! Since Watford's disallowed goal, the Gunners have taken control of the ball. It is reworked to the right wing where Bukayo Saka fits into the inside right channel for Martin Odegaard. Saka then slices back to Odegaard, who fires a fine left footed shot into the far bottom corner! 14:03 , Jack Rathborn Kickoff: Canceled goal! 17 seconds after Watford kicked off the game, they get the ball in Arsenal's goal. The ball is played down the left wing and heads down Joao Pedro's path. He pushes a through ball into the penalty area, which Emmanuel Dennis holds after a back leg. Watford's Emmanuel Dennis scores his first goal before it's disallowed (Action Images via Reuters) 13:58, Michael Jones Here come the teams. Arsenal could end the day in the top four if they beat Watford away this afternoon. Last time out, the Hornets managed to draw against Manchester United. Can they build on that performance today and take points away from the Gunners as well? Kick-off is next. 13:53 , Michael Jones No player has lost more in the Premier League this season than Watford's Emmanuel Dennis. The Hornets lost four times when he found the net, but they have scored just two goals in their six games under Roy Hodgson. Although , Watford have accumulated four points in their last three home games against Arsenal in the Premier League with one win, one draw and one loss in that run. 1:49pm, Michael Jones Emile Smith Rowe is Arsenal's top scorer in the Premier League this season with nine goals. He could have become just the second Arsenal player aged 21 or under to reach double figures in a Premier League season, emulating Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99 but missing the game through injury. Man City vs Man Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo 'not a big loss' for Manchester United in derby, claims Gary Neville 13:42 , Michael Jones Gary Neville claims Cristiano Ronaldo would not be 'a big loss' for Manchester United if he misses the derby against Manchester City. The Portuguese is speculated to miss the game at the Etihad Stadium through injury. But Neville insists the 37-year-old's profile and the style of play United are likely to play against Pep Guardiola's champions could mean he won't miss a significant punch for their chances. Cristiano Ronaldo is not a 'big loss' for Man United in the derby, claims Gary Neville on the road. Mikel Arteta's men have opened the scoring in each of their last five Premier League away games and have taken 22 points from a possible 27 since back-to-back defeats at Manchester United and Everton in early December. 13:38 , Michael Jones Watford have won one of their last 15 league and cup games, drawing three and losing 11. They have lost their previous seven Premier League games at Vicarage Road and 10 out of 13 overall this season - an 11th defeat would equate to a club record. But the Hornets have kept three clean sheets in their top six games under Roy Hodgson, as many as in their previous 38 in the division under four different managers. Man City vs Man Utd: 'I know my opinion': Ralf Rangnick on Manchester United's search for new manager 13:35 , Michael Jones Ralf Rangnick, acting manager of Manchester United, says he has his 'opinion' on who will be permanent manager of the should become clubs. Rangnick took over the club in November after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. Ralf Rangnick updates on Man United search for new manager Watford v Arsenal: Roy Hodgson determined to 'break the cycle' and stop rot at Watford 13:30 , Michael Jones Roy Hodgson admitted Watford 'breaks the cycle to break” series of disappointing results ahead of Arsenal's visit on Sunday. Watford have accumulated just five points from six games, including three clean sheets, following Hodgson's appointment to replace Claudio Ranieri in January. That run included just one win, however, Watford's first since November's memorable 4-1 win over Manchester United, which turned out to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last game, with the Hornets three points from safety. Roy Hodgson determined to break the cycle and stop the rot at Watford Watford v Arsenal: Hodgson hopes to replicate Villa and Man Utd results at 13-28 Michael Jones Watford manager Roy Hodgson hopes his team on the level where it was defeated Aston Villa away and draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford as they welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road today. He says taking points from the Gunners will be a "huge challenge" but with the right attitude Watford can post a positive result this afternoon. Hodgson said: It's a very big challenge, just like Aston Villa and Manchester United were. We came out of those games on the right page in terms of our performances and got something out of the game so we need to have the same attitude going into this game. “We know Arsenal are a very strong side and happen to be an in-form team, they fit together very well and produce the kind of football that gets results. "We have to be prepared for whatever they throw at us and hope that with our performance we feel as good about ourselves as Aston Villa and Manchester United did." Watford vs Arsenal: Arteta on Roy Hodgson and Watford 13:24 , Michael Jones Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke about what he expects from Watford today and how Hornets boss Roy Hodgson has been a positive influence since taking charge at Vicarage Road, saying: Roy is extremely good at leading the team in bringing the same mindset and working really hard and making the team really compact and hard to beat that's for sure. The quality that he has, he's got more experience than anyone in this league, how to shape the team, how to get the team where he wants it and he's exceptional at it." [Watford are] very solid, very organized, very clear about how they approach the game and what they want to take away from the game. "Of course we have to do what we set out to do and steer the game in a completely different direction, and that will be the challenge." It's a great stadium with a great atmosphere, everything is tight and you know what you're going to experience there .” 13:20 , Michael Jones Watford have scored seven points from a possible 45 against Arsenal in the Premier League – with two wins, one draw and 12 defeats – despite having lost just one of their last three home games against the Gunners.Arsenal are in have scored in all 15 Premier League games against Watford - the only team they have a better record against is West Brom, who have scored in all 26 games. except for a 2-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium in January 2017. Watford v Arsenal: Arsenal and Watford aim for a collaborative relationship 13:17 , Michael Jones Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that technical director Edu is aiming for a collaborative relationship to Watford I was previously occupied by Arsenal. The proximity of the bases would mean close links could easily be made, as Arteta himself had coached over the hedge from Watford's squad during his playing days with the Gunners. Mikel Arteta: Arsenal and Watford want to establish working relationship 13:14 , Michael Jones Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake were both substituted in Manchester City's midweek FA Cup win over Peterborough. 13:07 , Michael Jones Roy Hodgson makes three changes from the Watford side who played 0-0 against Manchester United last time out. Ismaila Sarr, Josh King and Jeremy Ngakia are eliminated, with Cucho Hernandez, Joao Pedro and Kiko Femenia all returning to the starting XI. Mikel Arteta's arsenal is unchanged from the team that defeated Wolves 2-1 in their last league game. 13:02 , Michael Jones This is how the Hornets line up for this afternoon's game against Arsenal! #WATARS pic.twitter.com/Sg7sbsl4Cx - Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) March 6, 2022We are unchanged from Thursday's win over Wolves ✅ COME ON YOU GUNNERS! #WATARS - Arsenal (@Arsenal) Mar 6 2022 12:55 , Michael Jones Watford comes into play 19th in the Premier League and three points from safety. Roy Hodgson's men will draw positive results from their 0-0 draw against Manchester United last weekend and hope to repeat that feat against Mikel Arteta's Arsenal today. The Gunners can end the day on top if they take three points against Watford and Manchester City later beat Manchester United in the derby. Arsenal have three games ahead of them against fourth-placed Man Utd and are well positioned to advance in the battle for Champions League spots. 12:47 , Michael Jones Watford has four points from their last three games after beating Aston Villa 1-0 away in February and giving Manchester United a goalless draw at Old Trafford last weekend. Their only slip-up in the run was a 4-1 defeat at the Vicarage Road to Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson will be hoping to respond with a strong performance against Arsenal today. They have won their last three straight league games since a goalless draw against Burnley in late January. That run has put them on the brink of entering the top four and Mikel Arteta will want to bring that momentum into tonight's clash at Vicarage Road. 12:41pm, Michael Jones Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been ruled out of Sunday's Manchester derby through injury and Edinson Cavani is also not in the squad for the game at the Etihad Stadium. That leaves United interim manager Ralf Rangnick with Marcus Rashford as the recognized centre-forward, with attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes also an option as a false nine. Ronaldo is Manchester United's top scorer this season with 15 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions, although the 37-year-old has only scored one of those goals in 2022 - a long-range effort in their 2-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion on March 15. February. 12:37 , Michael Jones Ismaila Sarr is absent from tonight's game against Arsenal after suffering a hamstring injury in Watford's goalless draw with Manchester United but Kiko Femenia could return after missing the game at Old Trafford with a slight knock. William Troost-Ekong is also absent with a muscle strain and defender Nicolas Nkoulou is close to returning to full training after being sidelined since November. Arsenal welcome Emile Smith Rowe, who sat out the Wolves win through illness, but Takehiro Tomiyasu remains a doubt with the calf injury that ruled him out of the Gunners' last game. 11:39 , Michael Jones Welcome to The Independent's coverage of today's Premier League action. There are two big games to play as Arsenal travel to Watford hoping to finish the day in the top four before Manchester City host rivals Manchester United in the late kick-off. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have won their last three league games in a row and travel to Vicarage Road at their best knowing that three points will be enough to lift them above Manchester United and into the top four - at least until the end of the Manchester derby later. Watford, meanwhile, are just one place ahead of Norwich at the bottom of the table but are just three points off 17th-placed Everton – despite having a significantly worse goal difference. Bukayo Saka is the star as Arsenal move into the top 4 with Watford's Man City win over Manchester United LIVE: Premier League team news and lineups, Elanga starts, Ronaldo out

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Saif Ali Khan reacts when angry Taimur Ali Khan throws tantrums at him in viral video; Clock

Recently, a video surfaced on social media showing angry Taimur giving Papa Saif Ali Khan a small shove while getting out of the car with Kareena Kapoor Khan. (Author: Gardener)

Saif Ali KhanKareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan's first baby, Taimur Ali Khan has been dominating the headlines since birth. Recently, the star child was spotted getting out of the car with Kareena and Saif. The video, which has surfaced on social media, shows the angry Taimur looking slightly annoyed at his father. Tim Tim gave Saif a little nudge which made Pataudi's nawab laugh at it. Little Munchkin looked cute as ever in a gray tee and pajamas, while Kareena opted for a white tee and black sweatpants. Saif looked uber cool in a rust-colored t-shirt paired with white pants. Taimur's sweet reaction wins millions of hearts on social media. Recently, Saif's sister Saba Ali Khan shared an adorable picture of Taimur, which shows him in white kurta pajamas, giving us perfect Sunday vibes. Tim-Tim sat and relaxed in a chair with beautiful backdrops that had beautiful family pictures framed on the wall. Saba shared the picture with the caption, "My boys... Chote Nawab... Kareena often shares pictures of her two sons, Taimur and Jeh. Recently, she took her Instagram handle and dropped a sweet picture of her younger son Jeh and husband Saif Ali Khan. In the picture, Jeh looked super cute in a neon green t-shirt and blue pajamas, while Saif looked stunning in white kurta pajamas. Bebo captioned the post, "Ok Abba will follow too, love you #MyBoys #Forever #MyTigers." Recently, on Jeh's birthday, Kareena shared an adorable picture of Jeh and Taimur. wait for me, I am one today.

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Eddie Howe is calling players to Sunday morning training as he seeks an early survival bid with Newcastle

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe is determined to seal security well before the end of the season (Author: Gardener)

Eddie HoweEddie Howe is relentless in his approach to seal the Premier League's survival early on and revealed there would be no day off on Sunday if his players were called up for training. The Newcastle United head coach has led his team to eight unbeaten games in the Premier League. After beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1, Howe said his players were training and doing a debrief: “Yes, we are. We know the schedule is full of games and we have to be physically ready for every test." Howe's side were visited in the dressing rooms after the game by co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi. Newcastle moved seven points from the drop zone. Howe added added: "I saw the players in the dressing room afterwards and that's a good sign. They know we're still at a very important stage."

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Love is discussed, the duplex is redesigned and the K.G.B. Switch allegiances

A panel discussion audience-participation show that tours the country one-nighter debates how to date properly. (Author: Gardener)

LoveEven more stunning is the evening view of the nearby TriBeCa skyscrapers. I'd ventured far west to this charming nightspot to see my friend, public relations expert Sara Davis, on The Great Love Debate, an audience-participation panel discussion show that runs one-night tours across the country. She frequently appears as part of the dating experts' stage crew, and while I've never seen the show before, I was pretty sure it would make for a quotable joke. Aimed at straight and single audiences looking for a fun group night, the gist of the night, as presenter Brian Howie explains, is that the problem with dating is that women say men don't try hard enough and men do say women expect too much. So Howie surveys the crowd, mic in hand, looking for answers to questions like, "What's the best thing to do on a first date?" and even gets volunteers to practice techniques like, "How to be approachable while waiting in line at Starbucks stands" to demonstrate. Professional wingwoman Erin Davis and Bridesmaid for Hire founder Jen Glantz chimed in when asked what women need a man for these days, but it was Sara who made me spit my martini as she a flashed a mischievous smile and quipped, "I need a man to soothe my father's problems." And that was my quote for the night. Unfortunately, my raised hand never caught the host's attention, otherwise I would have, when I asked about our worst first date stories, told about the time I met an app match for drinks at Lincoln Center's Lincoln Ristorante, about twenty minutes later she asked if I could get her tickets to Hamilton, and she was out the door about five minutes after my polite reply of refusal just think if she wanted to see perfect crime we might be engaged by now name it East 4th Street's Sardi's... ...or perhaps Czardi's is a more appropriate nickname for the Kraine Theatre's popular haunt, K. My father's father ventured from Moscow to New York to escape the turmoil of the Revolution, and my mother hung out with this Depression-era leftist group, so I tend to be drawn to this tongue-in-cheek Soviet hangout when I check out what's happening in the local theaters. K.G.B. recently announced that they ditched the Russian vodka and replaced it with Ukrainian spirits, so I enjoyed my martini in front of the theater with Khor Platinum. ...are the theater spies who tell Broadway producers about the capitalist potential of the latest offerings at the New York Theater Workshop, which most recently brought Slave Play and What The Constitution Means To Me to Broadway and the 14th Street set below in a version shown from Hadestown, which was eventually redesigned and shipped to Walter Kerr. With the Broadway landscape becoming both more political and diverse these days, it wouldn't be surprising if On Sugarland, an epic theatrical collage created by playwright Aleshea Harris and director Whitney White, makes the move. Alternating interactions play out around three mobile homes in a southern black neighborhood where the only exit from their dead-end community is military service fighting an unspecified war at an unspecified time. The excellent cast includes Adeola Role as a woman who turned to alcohol to ease the pain of losing her husband through exertion, Caleb Eberhardt as a teenager with an intellectual disability who follows in the footsteps of his wounded father (Billy Eugene Jones ) and Stephanie Berry as an elderly stateswoman who carries herself with utmost elegance and sparks sarcastic banter with her down-to-earth roommate (Lizan Mitchell), who spends her time tending a memorial garden dedicated to the neighborhood's fallen soldiers is. Most impressive are the monologues read to the audience by Kiki Layne, whose character has stopped speaking since the death of her mother, but who boasts of the ability to speak to the dead and explains how life as a young black girl affected her bestows the power of invisibility on others. It may sound depressing, but the serious themes are illuminated by Harris' gripping language ("Love yourself as much as they hate you.") and invigorating scenes that reference Greek tragedy and Southern Gothic. Last night also saw Scantic River Productions premiere performance of playwright/director Catie Carlisle's 100 Days, a two-person drama with an intriguing mystery. A series of short scenes depicts various moments during a 100-day period in a young couple's marriage. The playwright moves forwards and backwards in time, giving hints here and there about the importance of that particular period of time, which only adds up to a clear narrative once the 90-minute story is complete. Sometimes funny, often touching and engagingly performed by Teajuana Scott and Charles Meckley, with pianist/composer Colby Herschel delivering a sweet, mood-lifting score, this short episode of 100 Days has another performance on March 12 at 6:30 p.m . A good reason to check out the new vibe up on Christopher Street. $15 upfront with a minimum of 2 drinks. ...go to Natalie Menna and Brad Fryman, who play the hateful couple who "celebrate" their 25th anniversary in the August Strindberg Repertory Theater's production of Dance of Death, Part One and Two. Portraying the retired military man with disgruntled ossification and the actress who gave up her career to marry him with understated coldness, it might not be entirely fair to say they have great "chemistry" on stage, but theirs does fierce display of unbearable dissatisfaction makes them surefire contenders for Stage Couple of the Year. You can see her in translator/director Robert Greer's small production at the Theater for the New City until March 12. Tickets are only $18. I got a press release for a show called Balkan Bordello at La MaMa, which is interesting because I think that's how the building was before it became a theatre.

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