City, United look to bounce back in Premier League

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Outplayed and outfought in the Europa League on Thursday, the two Manchester clubs must ensure there is no hangover when they resume their battle for the Premier League title with testing fixtures on Sunday.

Second-place United hosts a West Bromwich Albion team which has won its last three matches, most recently a 1-0 victory over Chelsea that ultimately cost Andre Villas-Boas his job at the London club.

Speaking after a 3-2 home loss to Athletic Bilbao in the last-16 first leg, United midfielder Michael Carrick says "we'll be ready for Sunday ... we'll regroup, gather ourselves again and we'll go again."

Holding a two-point lead over United, City looks to rebound from a 1-0 loss at Sporting Lisbon when it visits Swansea without injured captain Vincent Kompany.