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Premier League Weekend Recap: Manchester City Collapse In Full Swing

Instead of discussing Liverpool's meltdown against Southampton any further, we take a look at other Premier League action from the weekend, including an absurd goal from Marcus Rashford.

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It was yet another exiting weekend in the Premier League, which is something that we've come to expect down the stretch this season. Manchester City stumbled, West Ham were held to a high-scoring draw and Leicester City maintained its pace at the top of the table.

In the Manchester City game against rivals Manchester United at the Ethiad, Marcus Rashford scored an absurd solo goal that left Martin Demichelis (probably) asking whether he should call an end to his career.

United held on to the narrow 1-0 lead to claim a confidence boosting victory. For City, on top of the weight of another demoralizing defeat, Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart picked up injuries that will keep them out for a few weeks.

Manuel Pellegrini's post-match interview was contentious, as the manager was clearly displeased about implications that he had lost the team after the announced summer appointment of Pep Guardiola. Before walking out of the interview, he said, "I don't think I have lost any control. The attitude of the team was excellent. I repeat - I am happy with attitude of the players."

Meanwhile, West Ham were denied a win over Chelsea when Cesc Fabregas scored from a questionable 89th minute penalty. Andy Carroll had previously netted off the bench to give the Hammers a 2-1 advantage.

"It wasn't a penalty. We're not getting those kind of decisions, so we are gutted," West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. "I'm not talking whether he touched him, I'm talking about where the contact was made. And it wasn't sliding, so it shouldn't be difficult for the referee to see."

"We could [have gone] over Manchester City [in the table], put the pressure on them. We deserved it," he added.

Even with the draw, West Ham remains close to City in a race for fourth that could go down to the wire.

The title race, however, has become less tight with Leicester City continuing to win and other teams struggling to keep up. The Foxes earned a 1-0 win over faltering Crystal Palace, and though Arsenal and Tottenham also won, the unlikely challengers remain five points clear at the top.

In the relegation battle, Norwich City picked up a vital three points over West Brom while Sunderland and Newcastle fought to a draw. The Canaries are now in 17th place, but have played one more match than the teams chasing them.

There will be an international break and therefore no Premier League matches in the coming weekend.

1 Leicester City 66 PTS
2 Tottenham 61 PTS
3 Arsenal 55 PTS
4 Manchester City 51 PTS
5 West Ham 50 PTS
6 Manchester United 50 PTS
7 Southampton 47 PTS
8 Stoke City 46 PTS
9 Liverpool 44 PTS
10 Chelsea 41 PTS
11 West Brom 39 PTS
12 Everton 38 PTS
13 Bournemouth 38 PTS
14 Watford 37 PTS
15 Swansea City 36 PTS
16 Crystal Palace 33 PTS
17 Norwich City 28 PTS
18 Sunderland 26 PTS
19 Newcastle 25 PTS
20 Aston Villa 16 PTS

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