Premier League's Top Two Return To Action

Ferguson Calls On Favour From Hughes

Premier League leaders Manchester United and second placed Manchester City are both in action today as the battle for the title intensifies.


United can temporarily take an eight point lead at the top of the table if they win the lunchtime kick off against Everton.

History doesn't bode well for David Moyes' beaten FA Cup semi-finalists, who haven't won at Old Trafford since Peter Beardsley, Robert Warzycha and Mo Johnston were on the scoresheet in a 3-0 thrashing almost 20 years ago.

That run stretches to 18 league meetings between the sides, add to that Manchester United have won 9 of their last 10 league matches and it's easy to see why Sir Alex Ferguson's side are such overwhelming favourites.

Though the Manchester United manager feels his opposite number deserves as much credit as any of his rivals for his work at Everton: "David has been there 10 years and what he has achieved in that time is phenomenal."

"He has not had the financial resources of other clubs with the same type of history but he has managed to do it time and time again.

"It defies logic with the squad he has had to deal with. He always gets results and keeps his team in the top half of the league. It has been amazing."

Manchester City come into the day five points adrift of the top but with a better goal difference than United, and will be waiting to pounce on any slip-up away to bottom club Wolves.

Despite staring relegation to the Championship in the face, Wolves manager Terry Connor insists he has enjoyed his brief spell in charge of the club - even though he is yet to win and of his nine matches in charge.

Roberto Mancini insists City ARE still out of the title race, pointing to the injury to Sergio Aguero that forced him to miss two matches as the turning point in their season.

Speaking on Friday he said: "There are some moments in the season that you can do some mistakes and we did some mistakes I think. 

"But when we lose Sergio (Aguero) for those two games I think that was quite a key moment because we did two draws but I think that with Sergio, probably we had a chance."

In the days other game, Roy Hodgson returns to his former club Liverpool with West Bromwich Albion.

Fresh from reaching the FA Cup final and with Andy Carroll scoring late winners in both previous matches, Liverpool will be hoping to improve on their run of just seven points from their last nine Premier League matches.