Manchester City won their 20th straight game in all competitions while a farcical refereeing incident and two missed penalties helped West Brom secure a win.
A lacklustre Real Madrid struggled to break down a 10-man Atalanta outfit in Italy while in Budapest Manchester City extended their winning run to 19 matches.
- by Karolos Grohmann and Peter Hall
Manchester United returned to second with a 3-1 win over Newcastle but the league race is threatening to become a procession for their crosstown rivals City.
The last game Premier League leaders Manchester City failed to win was against West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium on December 15 .
City opened up a commanding five-point lead at the top of the Premier League as Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in a 4-1 victory at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp may be concentrating on a top-four place but, for the sake of the title race, his team must halt City’s relentless march.
- by Jason Burt
Champions Liverpool could be as good as 14 points behind Manchester City after the two sides meet this weekend following the Reds’ shock 1-0 loss to Brighton.
Manchester City beat bottom club Sheffield United 1-0 to move three points clear of Manchester United, who were held to a goalless draw at Arsenal.
Last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal were eliminated from the competition in the fourth round thanks to Gabriel’s own-goal in a 1-0 loss to Southampton, while Manchester City survived a scare to beat fourth-tier Cheltenham 3-1.
A tough 2-0 win over Villa had lifted Manchester City to the summit just hours before Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side regained top spot with a 2-1 victory at Fulham.
Champions Liverpool have had their winless run extended to four matches and are now fourth in the Premier League after Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0.