Manuel Pellegrini has lost the last two matches with a basic 4-4-2 system which suggests that under pressure, his selections are defined less by detailed consideration of the likely patterns of the game, than by a gambler’s faith in the ability of his forwards to outscore the opposition. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester City arrived at Anfield holding all the cards. Liverpool got home at 4:30am on Friday after losing on penalties in Istanbul. Their prepa(...)

 Luis Suarez  scores the opening goal past Joe Hart. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 Perhaps the most dispiriting part for Manchester City came from that numbing feeling that, if anything, the gulf has wid(...)

David Silva scored twice for Manchester City as they closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea after their 5-0 win over Newcastle. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero heads the ball towards goal  against  Stoke City at Britannia Stadium. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

  Stoke City 1 Manchester City 4 This ended as an emphatic victory, a first triumph in the Premier League since New Year’s Day and a(...)

James Milner’s late free kick rescued a point for Manchester City as they drew 1-1 at home to Hull. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City 1 Hull City 1Substitute James Milner struck a superb injury-time free-kick as lacklustre champions Manchester City rescued a point wit(...)

Loic Remy celebrates putting Chelsea 1-0 up agsinst Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. (Photograph: EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA)

Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1Under siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after repelling Manchester City at Stamford(...)

 Arsenal’s Olivier Giroudis congratulated by his team-mates after scoring the second goal in his side’s 2-0 dwin over  Manchester City  at the Etihad Stadium. Phototograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a huge blow after a shock 2-0 defeat by Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium left them five points behind Chelsea. The(...)

 Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud  celebrates scoring his side’s  second goal  during the  Premier  match against Manchester City  at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester City 0 Arsenal 2The only possible complaint against Arsenal is that they do not do this more often. Arsène Wenger’s side have been a soft t(...)

 Aiden McGeady of Everton is suspended for the meeting with West Brom on Monday night. Photograph:   Julian Finney/Getty Images
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Aston Villa (13) v Liverpool (8) New signing Carles Gil goes straight into the Aston Villa squad after signing from Valencia this week. Fabian Delph a(...)

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for €32 million. (Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Manchester City have completed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City on Wednesday in a deal worth around £25m.The 26-year-old striker has agr(...)