Big Sam blasts Palace display

"It doesn't matter about the teams he's going to play, his decision is he is going to travel to London to win the game".

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce singled out defender Martin Kelly for criticism following his side's 5-0 humiliation at Manchester City.

"Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and forget a little bit about the Premier League and then next season we can have five English teams in the Champions League, which would be wonderful", he added.

City failed to win the two Premier League games without him and the Spaniard showed what they have been missing without another outstanding performance before being substituted in the 68th minute.

De Bruyne. The first half was dominated by the graceful promptings of Silva but the longer the game went on, the more De Bruyne announced himself as the decisive force in City's rout.

"There are four wonderful teams fighting for the last two Champions League places", the Catalan boss said.

"Every season is different so it's hard to comment, but the way we did it against Palace was good - now we have to do it for three more games".

"We look like the team we should have been for much more of this season".

On Saturday, at the Etihad Stadium, against a team that has recently beaten the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Premier League leaders Chelsea, Kompany was a colossal yet again.

"Vincent helps us with his presence to be better in our box, but in the box of the opponent we are not good". The one against Man United will always be best.

The Eagles have a six-point cushion above the relegation zone, and a vastly superior goal difference to both of those teams even after this heavy defeat, but they may require another win to make sure of their survival.

"Today was important because we are playing for the future of the club", he said.

Silva returned from a hamstring injury sustained during City's FA Cup semi-final defeat last month to open the scoring and turn in a virtuoso display, while De Bruyne took centre stage after the break with assists for centre-backs Kompany and Otamendi either side of a strike of this own.

"I didn't speak with him but I'm pretty sure [former City manager] Manuel Pellegrini missed him a lot last season, for the last two seasons".

"We need a result against Hull next week and we need to get back to keeping clean sheets", he said.

"Our recovery from the first goal was good but we fell into the same shape at the start of the second and it was a bit of a capitulation". We had more. Football at the highest level, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, they create enough chances.

  • Leroy Wright