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Manchester City

 By Simon Curtis

Player Ratings: Silva the architect for sublime Man City against Palace

Manchester City moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League with an easy 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

For a side starting this game with no strikers on the pitch, to be one goal short of the 4-0 win that would have put them top of the table (on goals scored, with 37) was quite a feat for Manchester City against Crystal Palace.

By the end of this display of patient passing and probing, much of the crowd had enjoyed it, too. There may not have been any recognised attackers on the pitch, but three goals had been scored and an eighth consecutive victory assured.

With James Milner otherwise occupied...

Three Points: Striker-light Manchester City make easy work of Crystal Palace

David Silva struck twice as Manchester City, playing without a recognised striker, cruised to a 3-0 victory over a troubled Crystal Palace.

MANCHESTER, England -- A trio of observations on Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.

1. Make no mistake, the title race is very much on

David Silva rose above everyone else and Manchester City have suddenly risen level with Chelsea at the top of the table courtesy of this win over Crystal Palace.

That may just be for the time being, given that Jose Mourinho's side have a game in hand against Stoke City on Monday, but it is also strikingly quick how City...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City want De Bruyne and Koke, Torres set for Anfield reunion

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is facing a shortage of striker options for their match against Crystal Palace.

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins Jan. 1. Keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk.

Man City in line for Kevin De Bruyne

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne might be set for a return to the Premier League. The one-time Chelsea player never figured in Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently loaned out to Werder Bremen.

Now The Mirror reported the attacking...

 By David Mooney

Manchester City aim to wrest control of the Premier League against Palace

In Saturday's Premier League action, Manchester City seek to catch Chelsea at the top of the table with a win over Crystal Palace at home.

From being in a position where they looked so out of the title race that one U.K. bookmaker paid out on Chelsea's 2015 Premier League title win, Manchester City could go back to the top of the table on Saturday evening. It would take a big win and they would have played one game more than their London rivals, but psychologically it could mean a lot as the clubs head into the busy festive schedule. A winning margin of four goals would do it for Manuel Pellegrini's side -- on goals scored.

However,...

David Silva deserves more recognition as Manchester City's main magician

David Silva has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City, committing his future to the Premier League champions until 2019.

Shaun Wright-Phillips isn't exactly renowned as an authority on Arthurian legend. But, taken aback by the sorcery of one of his Manchester City colleagues, he christened him "Merlin." The nickname, which stems from the wizard at the mythical King Arthur's court, is probably the lasting legacy of Wright-Phillips' second spell at City.

"Merlin the magician" -- otherwise known as David Silva -- has a range of tricks. He can thread a pass through the eye of a needle. He has an uncanny understanding...

 By Simon Curtis

A novel idea to solve Manchester City's striker crisis: Play without a striker

Sergio Aguero's injury has left Manchester City with a problem in attack ahead of the busy Christmas period.

As Manchester City head into a hectic run of fixtures over Christmas with no strikers available, conjecture mounts as to what they will do about it. With precious little on offer until the transfer window opens, City have little time to prepare their strategy before the games come thick and fast.

While my colleague David Mooney has put forward the unlikely credentials of Scott Sinclair, it's fair to say Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to put his faith in the forgotten man.

In all probability, Pellegrini...