Manchester City showed their class to batter West Ham United 4-0 and revive their fading Premier League title aspirations on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s City ensured the game is set in their favour after scoring three times before the break through Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and new boy Gabriel Jesus. Yaya Toure iced the cake with a penalty at the London Stadium.
While City’s victory moved them level on 46 points with fourth-placed Liverpool, Manchester United’s slip up left them sixth, four points adrift of City and 14 off league leaders Chelsea.
Facing Hull City for the third time in a span of 23 days after the League cup, United’s top four hopes took a dent, after they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Hull City at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils dominated in the opening exchanges and went close in the 14th minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw his vicious effort saved by Hull goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic. The shot-stopper went on to make some more crucial saves in the second-half, as he denied substitute Juan Mata from six-yards out and thwarted Paul Pogba’s curler.
Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Marcus Rashford also missed clear chances, although United almost suffered a stunning defeat at the death when Lazar Markovic struck the upright from the edge of the area.
Elsewhere, Peter Crouch displayed his robot dance as he entered the 100th Premier League goal bandwagon after opening the scoring against Everton inside eight minutes.
However, the lead lasted until six minutes before the break when Ryan Shawcross deflected Seamus Coleman’s shot into his own goal, as both Everton and Stoke shared spoils at the Bet 365 stadium.