The Premier League trophy could be out of reach for Manchester City after a 2-2 home draw with last-placed Sunderland on Wednesday that capped a demoralizing four days for title chasers.
Manchester United slumped to a third consecutive loss for the first time in nearly 13 years when Sunderland added to manager David Moyes’ troubles by winning the first leg of their League Cup semifinal 2-1 on Tuesday.
Shock therapy failed to produce the desired result at Tottenham as Spurs conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes to go out of the League Cup in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham on Wednesday.
Chelsea conceded late goals in both normal time and extra time to lose 2-1 to Sunderland in the League Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, while Manchester City also advanced thanks to Edin Dzeko’s double at Leicester.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore is returning to the English Premier League after completing his transfer to Sunderland from AZ Alkmaar on Tuesday.
Manchester United relied on a first-half own goal by Titus Bramble to beat Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday, securing a seventh straight Premier League win to inch the runaway leaders closer to a 20th English title.
By Rob Harris
Chelsea’s recovery under Rafa Benitez was brought to a shuddering halt by Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday as the Premier League’s bottom team won 1-0 in the west London derby.