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Manchester United returns to lead the AP Global Football 10, Robert Lewandowski top player

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LONDON — Manchester United took over the top spot in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday for the first time this season after beating crosstown rival Manchester City in the Premier League.

United came from behind to beat City 4-2 on Sunday, moving four points clear of fourth-place City.

"Louis van Gaal has brought Manchester United back to great success," Manos Staramopoulos of Dimocratia in Greece said after the team's sixth straight league win.

Bayern Munich, which reached the semifinals of the German Cup and then beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, is second, followed by Lazio in third.

Lazio beat Empoli 4-0 to move above Roma and into second in Serie A.

Real Madrid was fourth after recording a 3-0 victory over Eibar to close the gap on Spanish league leader Barcelona to two points. Parma, the last-place team in Serie A, is fifth after a surprise 1-0 victory over leader Juventus.

"There's a difference of 54 points between Juventus, top of Serie A and very close to winning their fourth title in a row, and Parma," Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport in Italy said. "Parma players forgot all this for 96 minutes, showed pride and gave everything they had to beat Juventus 1-0."

Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Sevilla and Celta Vigo round out the top 10.

In the player poll, Robert Lewandowski was voted into first place after scoring twice in Bayern's 3-0 victory over Frankfurt.

Santi Mina, a 19-year-old striker at Celta, was second after scoring four goals in a 6-1 win over Rayo Vallecano, and Man United forward Ashley Young was third.

Young continued his resurgent form for United by scoring the equalizer against City, who had taken an eighth-minute lead, before his dominant display helped the team to victory at Old Trafford.

"Sometimes I even forget that Ashley Young is still a member of Manchester United's roster," Ubiratan Leal of trivela.com in Brazil said. "But matches such as this help to explain how he managed to stay in Old Trafford for so many years. He was the engine of a very dominant United side against a very poor Manchester City."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was fourth after scoring five goals in a week for PSG, including a double in the 4-0 win over Bastia in the French League Cup final on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo was fifth after marking his display against Eibar with a goal.

Juan Mata, Yannick Bolasie, Christian Benteke, Neymar and Lionel Messi complete the player vote.


AP Global Football 10

Players:

1. Robert Lewandowski, 89 points.

2. Santi Mina, 75.

PHOTO: Lazio's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Empoli in Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa)
Lazio's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Empoli in Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa)

3. Ashley Young, 69.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 65.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, 48.

6. Juan Mata, 44.

7. Yannick Bolasie, 42.

8. Christian Benteke, 29.

9. Neymar, 20.

10. Lionel Messi, 18.


Teams:

1. Manchester United, 94 points.

2. Bayern Munich, 78.

3. Lazio, 71.

4. Real Madrid, 60.

5. Parma, 56.

6. Arsenal, 46.

7. Paris Saint-Germain, 44.

8. Chelsea, 41.

9. Sevilla, 31.

10. Celta Vigo, 25.

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