Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera labelled his side's derby clash against City as the "game of the season". Ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, United are fifth – a point and place behind their rivals as the race for a top-four finish intensifies. Herrera, 27, talked up the importance of the encounter, saying it could be decisive for his team, who are unbeaten in 23 league matches.
April 24 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Monday Monday, April 24 Eibar 0 Athletic Club 1 Sunday, April 23 Celta Vigo 0 Real Betis 1 Las Palmas 1 Alaves 1 Real Madrid 2 Barcelona
Lionel Messi feels Barcelona have taken an important step towards winning LaLiga with their sensational 3-2 win over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, but has warned they still have a long way to go. Defeat on Sunday would have effectively ended the Catalans' title hopes, but Messi's stoppage-time winner – his 500th goal for the club – saw them move level on points with their arch-rivals instead. Madrid will move three points clear of Barcelona again if they see off Celta Vigo in their game in hand, but the Argentine forward remains optimistic over his side's chances of retaining the title.