Manchester United rapidly regained second place within the Premier League with a routine 2-Zero dwelling win over Swansea Metropolis on Saturday, hours after Liverpool deposed them with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.
Jose Mourinho’s group have been nonetheless 13 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis, who go to Everton within the late recreation forward of the Manchester derby subsequent Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku reached 100 league objectives by scoring within the first 5 minutes as United dominated a Swansea facet who’ve been revitalised underneath supervisor Carlos Carvalhal.
Alexis Sanchez added the second objective earlier than the interval and United comfortably noticed out the victory.
Liverpool got here from behind to win at Palace in supervisor Juergen Klopp’s 100th league recreation in England and transfer 5 factors forward of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who go to fifth-placed Chelsea on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah scored their late winner, his 37th of the season in all competitions, after the equaliser by Sadio Mane.
Palace’s Serbian penalty skilled Luka Milivojevic had transformed his seventh spot-kick out of eight this season to place the house facet in entrance early on.
That they had barely 30 % of the play however nonetheless missed probabilities on the counter-attack, notably twice in fast succession by way of former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.
His outdated membership have been left in good coronary heart forward of an thrilling week, with a Champions League quarter-final first leg at dwelling to Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday and the Merseyside derby at Everton three days later.
“It’s standard for us that we have to combat right here, particularly after a troublesome begin, nevertheless it makes it extra particular on the finish,” Klopp mentioned.
Palace, nonetheless, remained in hassle, solely two factors above the relegation zone.
“It’s a little bit of a groundhog day enjoying in opposition to these prime groups,” their supervisor Roy Hodgson mentioned after his facet conceded a late winner once more, simply as they needed to Manchester United and Tottenham of their earlier two dwelling video games.
West Ham jumped above their London rivals with a complete Three-Zero dwelling victory over a poor Southampton facet, who have been three objectives down at halftime in supervisor Mark Hughes’s first league recreation in cost and stayed within the backside three.
Marko Arnautovic, who fell out with Hughes after leaving Stoke Metropolis for West Ham within the close-season, scored two of the objectives.
Huddersfield City remained in hassle, three factors above relegation, after shedding 1-Zero at Newcastle United to a objective by Ayoze Perez.
Backside membership West Bromwich Albion, who’ve gained just one league recreation out of 30 since beating Burnley in August, misplaced to the identical opponents 2-1 at The Hawthorns.
Ashley Barnes, with a spectacular bicycle kick, and Chris Wooden in opposition to his former membership have been the scorers earlier than Salomon Rondon grabbed a late comfort for West Brom.
Brighton have been crushed 2-Zero by Leicester Metropolis in a dramatic end after Glenn Murray had his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi was despatched off.
Within the different mid-table recreation, Jermain Defoe’s equaliser in stoppage time earned Bournemouth a 2-2 draw at Watford.