It was goals galore in the Premier League, as Thursday morning’s six games threw up a total of 20 goals.
Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford with Tottenham was an unhappy one, while Liverpool ran riot in a crazy derby to surely end Marco Silva’s time as Everton manager.
There were also wins for Leicester City, Chelsea, Wolves and Southampton as gaps started to appear in the table.
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MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 TOTTENHAM
Marcus Rashford scored twice for Manchester United as they beat Tottenham 2-1 to leave Jose Mourinho empty handed on his return to Old Trafford.
Rashford struck early in the first half, before the hosts were pegged pack before the break by a superb Dele Alli goal. Rashford then converted the winner shortly after the break from a penalty he won himself to ease some of the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The result lifted United up to sixth in the table, albeit eight points behind Chelsea in fourth, while Spurs – who were disappointing for most of the Premier League clash and lost for the first time under Mourinho – drop to eighth.
It was a huge morale-boosting performance from United and for Solskjaer, which will stand them in great stead ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday morning.
LIVERPOOL 4-2 EVERTON
Liverpool restored their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League and their 11-point gap to champions Manchester City with a dominant performance in what was, at times, a bonkers Merseyside derby.
Jurgen Klopp made five key changes, including resting Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, but it was Sadio Mane who lit up the first half with two incredible assists for Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri before netting himself.
In between Liverpool’s second and third goals however, Michael Keane scored himself before Origi and Richarlison scored a goal each as well to bring the score to 4-2 after the first 45 minutes.
The second half was very quiet in comparison with only Gigi Wijnaldum’s 90th-minute strike adding to the drama.
CHELSEA 2-1 ASTON VILLA
Chelsea returned to winning ways as Mason Mount’s thunderous volley secured a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea broke the deadlock when Tammy Abraham rose to head in his 11th Premier League goal of the season (24) against the side he scored 26 times for on loan last season.
But Dean Smith’s side levelled against the run of play before half-time as Trezeguet scrambled the ball over the line from close range (41).
That result moves Chelsea six points clear of fifth-placed Wolves but, perhaps more significantly, eight clear of Manchester United and nine ahead of Tottenham. Aston Villa remain 15th after their two-match unbeaten run was ended in west London.
LEICESTER 2-0 WATFORD
Jamie Vardy and James Maddison scored as Leicester won a record seventh straight Premier League game with a 2-0 victory over Watford.
Vardy, who was also on target for the seventh league game in a row, scored from the spot 10 minutes after the break after Jonny Evans had been awarded a soft penalty for a hand in the face from Adam Masina.
Watford, under the guidance of caretaker head coach Hayden Mullins for the first time, had kept their hosts at bay well to that point but struggled once Leicester took the lead. They were punished late on as Maddison strode through before firing into the bottom corner in injury time (90+5).
The visitors had only one shot on target all game while Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez both twice missed presentable chances, but a Leicester side below their best still did enough to earn three points which lift them back up to second place, and eight points off leaders Liverpool.
SOUTHAMPTON 2-1 NORWICH
Southampton beat another Premier League relegation rival on Wednesday, edging to a nervy 2-1 win against Norwich at St Mary’s.
The Saints’ 2-1 win against rock-bottom Watford on Saturday had seen them go one point and one place above Norwich, and they made the perfect start when the in-form Danny Ings (22) nodded home from a James Ward-Prowse free-kick.
Ryan Bertrand (43) then slotted home to give Southampton a comfortable half-time lead, but a much-improved Norwich pulled one back through Teemu Pukki in the 65th minute. The visitors continued to pummel the opposition box after and went close twice in added time, but could not find the vital equaliser.
The result lifts Southampton out of the relegation places while Norwich remain in 19th place.
WOLVES 2-0 WEST HAM
Wolves produced a dominant performance to beat West Ham 2-0 at Molineux and move up to fifth in the Premier League table.
Leander Dendoncker’s goal gave the home side the lead midway through the first half and substitute Patrick Cutrone put the seal on the victory with a late second.
That put a fairer reflection on the difference between the teams, extending Wolves’ unbeaten run in the competition to 10 games.
West Ham had some promising moments but, after their impressive win at Chelsea on Saturday, this was a return to the worrying form that has been a feature of their season.
This article was originally published by Sky Sports and reproduced with permission.
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