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Holders Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup draw

• Tottenham host local rivals West Ham at Wembley in fourth round
• Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City

Manchester United, the holders, will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. José Mourinho’s side beat Burton of the Championship 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to secure their place in the draw.

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland 3-0 – to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham host West Ham at Wembley and Manchester City entertain Championship side Wolves. Arsenal will also welcome Championship opposition to the Emirates in the shape of Norwich.

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Manchester City’s Leroy Sané strikes twice to see off West Bromwich Albion

Leroy Sané scored twice to book a last-16 tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers and extend Manchester City’s winning run to five matches, but a robust encounter at the Hawthorns also brought a reminder that Pep Guardiola’s men are fallible.

After threatening another goal avalanche in the first half, City wound up relieved to win, grateful in particular to two misses by Hal Robson-Kanu. Claudio Yacob, meanwhile, proved a painful irritant to the visitors in more ways than one, scoring a second-half equaliser mere minutes after perpetrating the tackle that led to Ilkay Gündogan hobbling off injured. The German had been excellent on his first start after an absence of nearly 10 months because of torn knee ligaments. “Fortunately it’s not serious,” Guardiola said. “We will do a test to clarify but I spoke to him after and he’s OK, just a bit of pain in his knee.”

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Manchester United v Burton, Arsenal v Doncaster and more – Carabao Cup live!

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It’s the third round of the League Cup! (No, I can’t bring myself to call it that. Rumbelows never seemed a classier brand.) And here are the remaining fixtures, to be played this fine evening …

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Manchester City’s spend piles on title pressure, says Ander Herrera

• Manchester United midfielder believes rivals are Premier League favourites
• Herrera says United ‘need to win titles’ to keep David de Gea at club

Ander Herrera believes Manchester City are under pressure to be the Premier League champions because of their record-breaking summer transfer spend and their lack of silverware last season.

United’s 4-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday made José Mourinho’s side joint-leaders with their neighbours. United and City have an identical record of 13 points and a positive goal difference of 14 after five games.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Bournemouth get some return from £15m Ibe, Chelsea lack plan B without Diego Costa, Burnley are not long-ball side and Jamaal Lascelles has grown up fast

Manchester City and Manchester United have goal differences of +14 after five matches. That is more than Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, a division routinely mocked for being uncompetitive. If the Manchester clubs carry on winning by the margins they have enjoyed so far, then they will surpass the Premier League’s record goal difference (+71 racked up by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009-10), the best ever mustered by Celtic (+80), the New Saints in Wales (+75) and the preposterous Ligue 1 record set by Paris Saint-Germain two years ago (+83). Of course that is a big ‘if’ because there is a small clutch of teams who could frustrate or even beat them. But United and, in particular, City are likely to ridicule many opponents this season. City beat United to the 2012 title on goal difference (+64 against +56); for José Mourinho there would surely be no sweeter way to prevail over Pep Guardiola this season. Paul Doyle

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Manchester City justify Pep Guardiola’s £130m spent on full-backs

The manager explains what Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have brought and how it enables the short passes in the middle he wants them to play

Jaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City’s infinitely rich Abu Dhabi rulers. But on the pitch the sense of those investments is becoming clear. They nearly complete City’s team.

The two most expensive of those full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, each cost more than £50m, about double what City paid Real Madrid for the third, Danilo. Walker and Mendy could not be deployed together for the first few matches of this campaign because of injury and suspension, but they have started City’s last three games and the opposition have paid a heavy price. Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been demolished by a combined score of 15-0.

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Manchester City justify Pep Guardiola’s £130m spent on full-backs

The manager explains what Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have brought and how it enables the short passes in the middle he wants them to play

Jaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City’s infinitely rich Abu Dhabi rulers. But on the pitch the sense of those investments is becoming clear. They nearly complete City’s team.

The two most expensive of those full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, each cost more than £50m, about double what City paid Real Madrid for the third, Danilo. Walker and Mendy could not be deployed together for the first few matches of this campaign because of injury and suspension, but they have started City’s last three games and the opposition have paid a heavy price. Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been demolished by a combined score of 15-0.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Pep Guardiola delighted with Manchester City players after 6-0 win – video

Pep Guardiola was ‘delighted’ with his Manchester City side after watching them demolish Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road. His counterpart, Marco Silva, insisted that the game would be a useful one for his team to analyse and learn from. City’s win, which included a hat-trick for Sergio Agüero, has sent them top of the league, three points above their city rivals, Manchester United

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Pep Guardiola: ‘We are doing many things now that we didn’t do last season’

• Manchester City ‘have good balance, good players and good spirit’
• Guardiola describes hat-trick star Sergio Agüero as ‘a legend’ after 6-0 win

A jubilant Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side are much better than last season after watching his team thrash Watford 6-0 and go top of the Premier League.

Guardiola said greater familiarity with his methods, plus lavish player recruitment in the summer, gives him confidence City will not dip as they did last season. “I am delighted, so happy,” said Guardiola. “There are many things we are doing now that we didn’t do last season.”

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Sergio Agüero hat-trick puts rampant Manchester City top of the table

Manchester City have blasted their way to the top of the Premier League and only an exceptional team will be able to challenge them. Watford, watched by Elton John and unbeaten before Pep Guardiola’s men rocked up here, fancied their chances but were blown away by a three-goal salvo before half-time.

City did not relent and struck the same number again in the second half, bringing their tally to 15 goals from their past three matches, this demonstration of their attacking power coming after the demolitions of Liverpool and Feyenoord.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Can Roy Hodgson’s meat and potatoes approach nourish Palace, will Alexis Sánchez regain centre stage for Arsenal and might Watford go top?

Following the fiasco of Frank de Boer’s short reign at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson takes charge of a Crystal Palace team who have already suffered four scoreless defeats in as many Premier League matches. With trips to Manchester City, Manchester United and a home match against Chelsea to follow the game against Southampton, the importance of getting a morale-boosting result against comparatively easy opposition cannot be overstated and the manner in which Hodgson approaches this match will give Palace fans some idea what to expect in the months ahead. Quite how instant an impact he’ll have is open to question, considering that his former charge Simon Davies once said Hodgson had taken more than two years to “convert” Fulham’s players to methods that eventually got them to the 2010 Europa League final. Very recent history suggests he won’t get that kind of time at Palace. While we all know what atrocities they are capable of at their worst, at their best Hodgson’s teams work hard to maintain a solid shape that renders them difficult to break down, the stuff of relentless, presumably tedious but effective training ground drills. “Every day in training is geared towards team shape,” said Davies back then. “I’ve been working with the manager three seasons now and every day is team shape, and it shows.” While this meat-and-potatoes approach that has served Hodgson with varying degrees of success is unlikely to get Palace’s players or their supporters too excited, if it yields better results than De Boer’s methods it will do for now. BG

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Sadio Mané says he will not change his game despite Ederson regrets

• ‘Next time I will get the ball before him,’ insists Liverpool forward
• Mané says Philippe Coutinho return will help his game after suspension

Sadio Mané has expressed regret for colliding with Ederson’s face at Manchester City but insisted he would not change his playing style as a result of the red card it provoked.

Mané will miss Liverpool’s next three matches having been dismissed in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat and had an appeal against the length of his suspension rejected by the Football Association. He has apologised to the City goalkeeper for what he says was an accidental collision, one that forced Ederson off on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment and required eight stitches to a gruesome facial injury.

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John Stones double helps Manchester City to easy victory at Feyenoord

This was a handsome victory for a Manchester City side facing scant resistance from Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s team will encounter greater challenges in the Champions League but for now they deserve to enjoy a job done very impressively.

City failed to win away from home in last season’s competition and Guardiola said: “Of course this was a perfect start. It’s important to play good.”

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Feyenoord v Manchester City: Champions League – live!

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Pep Guardiola calms talk of Champions League success for Manchester City

• Manager says his developing side ‘are not dreaming’ before Feyenoord test
• Ederson takes place in squad despite face injury sustained against Liverpool

Pep Guardiola admits he does not know if Manchester City can win the Champions League as his side are still in the “process of growing”. They face Feyenoord in their Group F opener at Rotterdam’s De Kuip on Wednesday night.

The manager’s view may cause some surprise as he has just overseen £226m being spent in the transfer window and City’s squad cost £775m to assemble in total, the most expensive ever.

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Champions League: fans from all 32 clubs share their previews and predictions

We asked fans from across Europe how their clubs will fare this season. Only one of them is expecting his team to win itPrediction: Group stage Continue reading…

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Liverpool to appeal against length of Sadio Mané’s ban after red card

• Mané sent off after high boot in challenge with Manchester City’s Ederson
• Forward set to miss two league games and Carabao Cup fixture

Liverpool are to appeal against the length of Sadio Mané’s three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.

Mané was sent off for raising his foot in a challenge with the City goalkeeper Ederson in the first half of Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat on Saturday. Mané’s boot caught Ederson in the face on the edge of City’s penalty area, and the 25-year-old was shown a straight red card by the referee Jon Moss.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Brighton provide perfect response, Everton are embarrassed, Liverpool have concerns beyond defence and Rafael Benítez sees progress from afar

Eddie Howe has worked wonders in overseeing Bournemouth’s exhilarating rise but his present task looks rather less attractive. They have yet to win a point and, while a defeat at the Emirates Stadium is not cause for concern on its own, the warning signs are stacking up. On Saturday they lacked initiative, invention, power and presence; it was a non-event of a display and it clearly bothered Howe, whose team have looked flat in all bar the late reverse against Manchester City. “I’m worried by the performance,” he said. “The four performances we’ve had, I’d accept one of them. I won’t accept three of them. That’s a pretty damning verdict, so I have to do better to solve the issues we have and make sure we put on better displays in the future.” Friday’s home meeting against Brighton already looks significant and Howe was clear in stating points need to start coming soon. If nothing else, the return of the rhythm and tempo that used to characterise their play would be a step in the right direction. Nick Ames

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Ederson’s good decision exposes Liverpool’s flaws on Jürgen Klopp’s day to forget | Barney Ronay

Sadio Mané’s red card was not bad luck but bad judgment and Liverpool’s resultant collapse allowed Manchester City to show their best side

If you can meet a 5-0 thrashing and a messy 1-1 draw and treat those two impostors exactly the same; well, there is a fair chance you will be a testy, process-obsessed Catalan super-manager, my son. Six months ago Pep Guardiola described Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium as “one of the best moments of my career”. Fast forward to Saturday lunchtime and City’s 5-0 shellacking of the same opponents on the same ground left Guardiola a little restless, a little cagey in his judgments.

City’s manager was pleased and talkative but still rueful over the opening half-hour when Liverpool perhaps shaded it and when, if you had had to bet on a player being sent off, it would surely have been Nicolás Otamendi, whose performance combined ponderousness with a blind scything violence whenever he got near the ball.

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