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Sterling scores after 38 seconds
Manchester City beats Watford 3- t
MANCHESTER, England - Raheem
Sterling scored the quickest goal
of the Premier League season at 38
seconds to set Manchester City on
its way to a 3-1 win over Watford that
moved the leaders 15 points clear yes-
Christian Kabasele scored an own
goal and Sergio Aguero added a third
as City bounced back from dropping
points for only the second time this
season - in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Pal-
ace on Sunday.
Andre Gray scored a consolation
goal for Watford in the 82nd minute,
just as City was about to go six hours
Guardiola fielded his strongest
possible lineup at Etihad Stadium,
taking no chances after the slip-up
against Palace two days earlier and
with a trip to Liverpool up next in
City beat Watford 6-0 and 5-0 in
their two previous meetings and it
threatened to be a similar thrashing
from the moment Sterling hooked
in from close range following Leroy
Sane's fierce center across the face of
the six-yard box.
Kevin De Bruyne, who made a
quick recovery from what appeared
to be a serious-looking leg injury near
the end of the Palace match, surpris-
ingly started and provided the cross
that was turned into his own net by
Kabasele in the 13th minute.
Aguero missed two chances be-
fore halftime, and another soon after
the break. But the Argentina striker
got his 13th league goal of the sea-
son when he prodded in from close
range after Watford goalkeeper Heu-
relho Gomes fumbled a cross from
That was Aguero's sixth goal in his
last three games against Watford,
against whom he scored a hat trick
West Ham's Andy Carroll, left, heads the ball to score during the English Premier League soccer match between West
Ham and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium in London, yesterday. West Ham won 2-1. PICTURE AP
away this season.
Gray was denied by a superb div-
ing save from City goalkeeper Eder-
son Moraes late in the first half but
was faced with an empty net when
Andre Carrillo crossed from the left
after bursting clear. Gray couldn't
The draw against Palace ended
City's record 18-match winning run.
Carroll nets twice
for West Ham
LONDON - Andy Carroll scored
twice, including a stoppage-time
winner, as West Ham came from
behind to beat fellow struggler
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the
Premier League yesterday.
West Ham moved a point above
the relegation zone and five points
above West Brom, which is now
winless in 20 top-flight fixtures.
Only three clubs have endured
longer runs without a victory in
the Premier League: Derby (32),
Sunderland (26) and Norwich (21).
West Brom had hopes of ending
that negative run when James Mc-
Clean's strike deflected off Angelo
Ogbonna and looped over goal-
keeper Adrian to give the visitors
the lead after half an hour.
But Carroll equalized in the
59th minute, heading in Aaron
Cresswell's cross for his first goal
of the season.
Carroll doubled his tally in the
fourth minute of stoppage time,
sliding in to fire home Marko Ar-
nautovic's low cross. (AP)
Mourinho defends Pogba over criticism
LIVERPOOL, England - Manchester
United manager Jose Mourinho
has hit back at club great Paul
Scholes for his criticism of mid-
fielder Paul Pogba.
While working as a TV pundit,
Scholes said after United's 0-0
draw with Southampton on Satur-
day that pogba was "just strolling
through games" and "doesn't look
"I think the only thing Paul
Scholes does is criticize," Mour-
inho said after United beat Everton
2-0 in the Premier League on Mon-
day. "I don't think he comments, I
think he criticizes, which is a dif-
"N ot everyone of us has to
be phenomenal like he was as a
player. That does not mean that
we all have to be phenomenal."
Mourinho said he thought
Scholes was jealous of Pogba, who
joined United in the summer of
2016 for 105 million euros (then
$116 million) - a world-record fee
at the time.
"Paul (pogba) tries to do his
best all the time," Mourinho said.
"Sometimes he plays very well,
sometimes he plays well, some-
times he doesn't play so well. It's
not Paul's fault that he made much
more money than Paul Scholes.
It's just the way football is.
"I think Scholes will be in his-
tory as a phenomenal player, not
as a pundit. I prefer to look at
him as a phenomenal player that
gave so much to the club that I am
proud to represent."
Scholes, who made 718 appear-
ances for United, is one of many
former United stars who are now
pundits or commentators for Brit-
ish broadcasters. Gary Neville,
Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves
have also been critical of the team
in recent weeks, with United hav-
ing drawn three straight games in
the Premier League over the fes-
tive season to drop out of realistic
contention for the title.
Asked if he was frustrated by
the number of high-profile ex-
United players working in the
media, Mourinho said: "I think
they would love to be here, in
the club. That's a problem that I
Manchester United's Paul Pogba, left and Everton's Tyias Browning battle for
the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton
and Manchester United, at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England on Monday.
On Scholes, Mourinho added: "If
Paul one day decides to be a man-
ager, I wish that he can be 25 per-
cent as successful as myself. Fifty
percent of that is 12.5 silverware,
25 percent is around 6. If he's 25
percent, he'll be quite happy." (AP)
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