Leicester take another step towards the title

Forget any jitters, there will be no collapse. Leicester City were made to wait to lift the Premier League trophy after drawing with Manchester United on Sunday but that is all it is: a wait. And potentially a brief one at that. When a few passes went wildly astray in the opening minutes and Anthony Martial put Manchester United ahead, you wondered if all the hoopla in the city of Leicester this week – all the international TV crews descending on the city and all the glitz and glamour – had got to the players.
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Not a bit of it. Wes Morgan headed them back level and Leicester were good value for a point in a well-contested game, even if Manchester United could have had a late penalty when Danny Drinkwater saw a second yellow for pulling down Memphis Depay right on the edge of the box, only for a free-kick to be awarded.
Leicester will win the league with two points in their final two matches, but more likely, when Spurs play Chelsea away on Monday night. Tottenham have to win at Stamford Bridge to keep the title race alive but haven’t done so since 1990. It’s only a matter of time for Leicester now…

Same old story for United under Van Gaal

Manchester United's David De Gea

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Manchester United have nothing to play for until the FA Cup, and it showed. It was the usual performance for United at home under Louis van Gaal. There was plenty of possession, and there were inexplicable choices in the line up.
Marouane Fellaini's presence is no longer any surprise, but he is as far from being an effective midfielder as he ever has been. Marcos Rojo has been comfortably the worst defender in a squad that has Phil Jones. Wayne Rooney's best position is yet to be decided, but there's a good chance that it's going to be found in the MLS. Rumours continue to swirl around Van Gaal and the likely arrival of Jose Mourinho - and yet, United let it drift, not making any official comment, making a bad situation worse.
From the players, to the manager, to the executives, to the owners - even a draw against the champions elect highlighted how bad everything has become.

Fellaini and Huth can both expect a call from the FA in the morning

Marouane Fellaini in action against Leicester, with Wayne Rooney

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Are you sitting down? This could be profoundly shocking. Marouane Fellaini was caught on camera swinging an elbow and catching the face of Robert Huth. It feels like the Belgian has spent most of the season somehow getting away with his wild use of his upper limbs and there was another incident in the first half at Old Trafford which will surely earn the United midfielder a three-game ban to end his Premier League season.
However, in this instance there was some provocation. Huth had a big handful of Fellaini's big hair and his actions should also attract the attention of the FA. His behaviour certainly prompted an interesting reaction from Louis van Gaal.

Iheanacho the only bright spot from City's horrendous campaign

Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates after scoring the first goal for Manchester City

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While they continue to pursue Champions League glory, Manchester City's efforts in the Premier League have been inexcusably bad. Sunday's defeat to Southampton was their 10th of the season and it was another lamentable effort from Manuel Pellegrini's team, admittedly with the second leg of their semi-final against Real Madrid at the forefront of their minds. They defended terribly, Aleksandar Kolarov particularly, but at least up front there was a spark from Kelechi Iheanacho, who showed great instincts to score in the first half and then curled home a superb effort in the second. His emergence as a poacher of real repute is one of the finds of the season.

Arsenal can’t even manage a decent protest

Arsenal fans protest with signs on the 78th minute

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This has been an overwhelmingly underwhelming season for Arsenal. They’ve managed to somehow battle for fourth once again in a season where Leicester have set the pace; they’ve made no impact on the cups; they didn’t sign a single outfield player in the summer; and Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke haven’t really given the impression that anything is about to change. That prompted Saturday’s protest during the match against Norwich – but even the disaffected fans could barely find it within themselves to lift up a bit of card and what was a pretty limp protest proved rather fitting.

Luis Suarez is the best striker on the planet

Luis Suarez scored his 35th league goal of the season in Barcelona's win at Real Betis

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The last time a player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi won the Pichichi, it was a Uruguayan, Diego Forlan, who topped the table with 32 goals from 33 games in 2008-09. But now another could finish the season as Liga top scorer after Luis Suarez moved onto 35 goals - four ahead of Ronaldo and 10 ahead of Messi - with a strike in a 2-0 win over Real Betis. Robert Lewandowski's form in the first half of the season made his case for being the best out-and-out striker in the world, but now it's Suarez, without a shadow of a doubt.

Heroes emerging at Newcastle United

Newcastle's Karl Darlow celebrates at the end of the match

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If Newcastle are to stay up this season, Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace may well be seen as the moment their season really turned. Andros Townsend's stunning free-kick was the difference between the two sides, but the match was notable for two key interventions at the back from Newcastle. First, Jamaal Lascelles produced a stunning tackle to deny Connor Wickham and then Karl Darlow kept out Yohan Cabaye's penalty. Two unexpected heroes are making themselves known as the relegation crunch comes.
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