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Chelsea retain top spot as Manchester United return to winning ways

In Summary
  • Chelsea lead the standings with 25 points after 10 games.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal and an assist to snap United four-game winless run in the Premier League.

Saturday’s Premier League was exciting to say the least. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar  Solskjær was under pressure, the top three were all kicking off their games at the same time while Arsenal’s resurgence faced an acid test away to Leicester City.

League leaders Chelsea extended their lead at the top to three points with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Their goals came well into the second half after two stunning goals by right back Reece James and a Jorginho penalty sealing the win. The Magpies fought valiantly but were eventually no match for the European champions.

Title rivals drop points

The chasing pack of Liverpool and Manchester City all dropped points to their respective opponents and were unable to put pressure on the log leaders.

Liverpool were off to a flying start against Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield going two goals ahead with a Jordan Henderson strike and a Sadio Mane header from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s perfect cross. However, their lead was short-lived after the ‘Seagulls’ pulled one back from a spectacular Enock Mwepu lob over shot-stopper Allison Becker and Leandro Trossard completing the comeback in the second half after being teed up by former Liverpool man Adam Lallana.

Brighton’s players celebrate equalizing against Liverpool. PHOTO/COURTESY

Pep Guardiola’s men did not have their best day losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace and their day going from bad to worse when defender Aymeric Laporte was shown a straight red on the stroke of halftime. Wilfried Zaha scored early in the first half and Conor Gallagher ensured they left the Etihad with all three points with his finish in the second period.

Conor Gallagher celebrating after scoring the second against Man City. PHOTO/COURTESY
Nuno Espirito’s under pressure after loss to Manchester United

It was relief for Manchester United fans after they snapped their four-game winless run in the Premier League with a convincing 3-0 victory against Tottenham.

Under fire manager Solskjær will have Cristiano Ronaldo to thank after he scored the first goal and set up Edinson Cavani for the second. Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score and effectively relieve the pressure off his manager’s shoulders.

Arsenal continue revival with win at King Power stadium

Arsenal continued their resurgence with an impressive 2-0 victory away to Leicester City. A flying start from Arteta’s men ensured they recorded the win after early goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe. Brilliant saves from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale ensured the gunners extended their unbeaten run to nine games.

Across England, Burnley recorded their first home win since January with a 3-1 victory over Brentford and Southampton won 1-0 away to Watford.

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