Week 27: Rashford inspires Man Utd to victory over Arsenal, Leicester leave it late

Arsenal’s title bid took a hit this weekend as Man United prevented Arsenal the league double over them as teenager Marcus Rashford inspired Man United to a 3-2 win.

After scoring two goals on his debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League, Rashford gave Man United the lead on 29 minutes when he fired home from Guillermo Varela’s cross and grabbed his second three minutes later heading in Jesse Lingard’s assist.

Marcus Rashord marked his league debut with two goals and an assist image: 90min.com

Marcus Rashord marked his league debut with two goals and an assist
image: 90min.com

Danny Welbeck’s header gave Arsenal some hope five minutes before the break but Ander Herrera restored the Red Devils advantage on 65 minutes when his shot deflected in off Laurent Koscielny.

Mesut Ozil grabbed Arsenal’s second four minutes later as he fired in after David De Gea could only parry Welbeck’s effort but Man United held on for the win as the Gunners fell five points off the lead.

Leicester remain top of the table after Leonardo Ulloa gave the Foxes a late victory over Norwich, as the Argentine striker tapped home on 89 minutes to give the Foxes a 1-0 win.

Tottenham kept to within two points of Claudio Ranieri’s side in second place but Spurs had to come from behind to seal a 2-1 victory against Swansea.

Alberto Paloschi’s first league goal gave the Swans a 19th minute lead and it took Mauricio Pochettino’s men until the 70th minute to find an equaliser when Nacer Chadli guided home from Kyle Walker’s cross.

Danny Rose made sure all three points were Tottenham’s seven minutes later when the left-back sent a left-footed strike into the far corner to remain in the title hunt, as the Swans sit just three points above the drop zone.

Chelsea’s unbeaten run in the Premier League continued but they have to do it the hard way, as Guss Hiddink’s side came from a goal down to seal a 2-1 win at Southampton.

Irish international Shane Long took advantage of Baba Rahmann’s mistake to give the Saints a 1-0 lead just before half-time but after Cesc Fabregas levelled it up on 72 minutes, Branislav Ivanovic headed in a late winner to hand Chelsea all three points.

Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce’s return to West Ham ended in defeat as Michail Antonio scored the only goal in the Hammers 1-0 win over Sunderland, while Aston Villa’s misery continued after a 2-1 loss at Stoke.

Chelsea's win at Southampton made it 11 league games unbeaten for the Blues image: theguardian.com

Chelsea’s win at Southampton made it 11 league games unbeaten for the Blues
image: theguardian.com

Saturday 27 Feb

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland (Antonio 30)
Leicester 1-0 Norwich (Ulloa 89)
Southampton 1-2 Chelsea (Long 42 | Fabregas 72, Ivanovic 89)
Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa (Arnautovic pen 51, 56 | Bacuna 79)
Watford 0-0 Bournemouth
West Brom 3-2 Crystal Palace (Gardner 12, Dawson 20, Berahino 31 | Wickham 48, 80)

Sunday 28 Feb

Man United 3-2 Arsenal (Rashford 29, 32, Herrera 65 | Welbeck 40, Ozil 69)
Tottenham 2-1 Swansea (Chadli 70, Rose 77 | Paloschi 19)

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