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Bernardo Silva displays his “masterclass” for City in win over United

It’s easy to get lost in the sky of stars hovering over Manchester City. Aguero, Sterling, De Bruyne, Kompany, La Porte, Stones, etc., etc. But somewhere above the etc. is Bernardo Silva who has been as good as any of the shining stars in  Pep Guardiola’s lineup. Just ask the manager.

“Bernardo is having an incredible season, incredible,” Guardiola told reporters after City’s 2-0 win Wednesday over Manchester United which puts City on a path for a second straight PL title. “In the second half [against United] he played like a holding midfielder. A holding midfielder…Bernardo. It doesn’t matter, he fought with Paul Pogba and everyone. It’s not just [against United], it’s not just his goal, it’s all the season, it was a masterclass, a masterpiece every single game. It was incredible.”

Pep continued: “Bernardo is a joyous guy. Of course, he can play right or left. For example, the game against Swansea City [in the FA Cup], he played as a left winger and he made the goal and an assist. It was offside, the goal from Sergio [Aguero], but he made the assist, and after he played as a holding midfielder. He can play as an attacking midfielder [as well], he’s such an intelligent player, with his work ethic.

“He’s a fighter. He’s one of the best players in Europe. One of the best.”

The Portuguese midfielder, who has been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Premier League Team of the Year and nominated for the main individual prize, has taken his game to another level this year. He has been involved in 14 Premier League goals – including a strike against United on Wednesday – and impressing with his all-around play.

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United fans trying to stay positive in difficult race for top four

When Sir Alex Ferguson said a few years back that Manchester United’s real rivals would always be “that lot down the road”, he was talking about Liverpool. Their “other” rival showed up on Wednesday and showed the United faithful just how far apart the two sides are these days. The only thing these two sides have in common is the city they call home. Everything else is miles apart.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be in over his head. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola is one of the top managers in the world and proved it again on Wednesday. Whatever Pep said at halftime did the trick as City came out fired up and switched to another gear – one United simply doesn’t have.

Where does United go from here – well, the short answer is a match with Chelsea. If they can beat the blues they stay alive in the race for the final four. If they lose, it’s goodbye. The long answer is of more concern to United fans. The manager looks like he will return – but he needs new players to help lead.

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US Women’s Soccer Team highlighted in Fox spots

The US Women’s Soccer Team is a tough bunch.

Three spots for Fox Sports highlight the team and its stars, showing the unbending determination it embodies as it heads into competition in France to defend its World Cup title. With three World Cup titles, four Olympic Golds, and countless domestic and international trophies under its belt, the US Women’s Team isn’t just one of the best women’s teams, but one of the greatest sports teams of all time.

To showcase the unapologetic fierceness of the national team as it heads into the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the campaign entitled ‘All Eyes On Us’ pays homage to the legacy built by Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. Fox Sports teamed up with Wieden+Kennedy New York to celebrate one of the greatest teams in sports history in a campaign that displays why the team is so dominant on the world stage.

In ‘Goliath,’ the whole team is featured as a Goliath with many Davids trying to knock them down. A voice over states, “This Goliath isn’t just bigger, or faster, she wants it more,” as the team charges in slow motion towards the camera. ‘Warrior’ centers on Megan Rapinoe, with scenes of her getting slide tackled and knocked down, but always getting up and scoring. ‘The Finisher’ focuses on Alex Morgan. They call her the finisher because “she’s the last thing they’ll see, before it’s too late.”

TO SEE ALL THREE

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