Week 28: Man United come from behind to edge out Chelsea, Liverpool too strong for West Ham

Jose Mourinho celebrated the bragging rights over former employers Chelsea, as Man United came from behind to beat the Blues 2-1 to keep hold of second place in the Premier League.

Willian put the visitors ahead just after the hour-mark as he rifled home a right-footed shot on the counter-attack, but Romelu Lukaku would pull the game level on 39 minutes with a calmly taken effort into the bottom corner from Anthony Martial’s lay-off.

Jesse Lingard came off the bench to head home in the winner in Man Utd’s win against Chelsea
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Jesse Lingard would come off the bench to seal all three points for the Red Devils on 75 minutes, as the English winger headed home Lukaku’s cross to give Man United just a second win in their past four games.

Liverpool also boosted their Champions League qualification hopes, as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth game running to help Jurgen Klopp’s side secure a comfortable 4-1 win against West Ham.

Emre Can fired Liverpool into the lead on the half-hour mark when the German headed in Salah’s corner kick, before Salah grabbed his 23rd goal of the season on 51 minutes when he calmly slotted home into the far corner.

Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 six minutes later when he slotted home into an empty net from Can’s lob pass, while Michail Antonio pulled one back for the Hammers with a right-footed shot slotted in at the far post on the hour mark.

Sadio Mane would restore Liverpool’s three-goal advantage on 77 minutes, when the ex-Southampton man turned in Andrew Robertson’s cross from close range to ensure the Reds third win in their past four games.

Tottenham climbed into the top four places to boost their hopes of Champions League qualification, as Maurico Pochettino’s side left it late to secure a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Harry Kane would clinch all three points for Spurs on 88 minutes with his 24th goal of the season, as the English forward headed in Christian Eriksen’s corner kick to help Tottenham climb above Chelsea into fourth place.

Arsenal‘s Champions League hopes suffered another major blow, as Man City followed up on their Carabao Cup success by thrashing the Gunners 3-0 for the second time in five days.

Bernardo Silva rifled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area to give the visitors the lead on 15 minutes, before David Silva doubled their advantage by hitting the ball into the roof of the net from close range just after the half-hour mark.

Leroy Sane sealed all three points for the champions-elect on 33 minutes when he bundled in Kyle Walker’s low cross and Arsenal’s misery was complete when Ederson saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty shortly into the second-half.

Down the other end of the table, Brighton secured a second win in three games to boost their survival hopes, as the Seagulls thrashed Swansea 4-1 to end the Swans five-game unbeaten run.

Glenn Murray smashed his penalty right down the middle to give Brighton an 18th-minute lead after the striker was bundled over by Mike van Der Hoorn and he would grab his second on 69 minutes by turning home Jose Izquierdo’s pull-back from inside the box.

Anthony Knockaert made it 3-0 four minutes later as he calmly poked home a left-footed finish into the back of the net, while Tammy Abraham pulled one back for Swansea on 86 minutes when his strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk and into the far corner.

However, record-signing Jurgen Locadia would restore their three-goal advantage and seal the win for Chris Hughton’s side in injury time when the Dutch striker turned in Dale Stephen’s shot from close range.

Huddersfield also secured a big victory in their bid to secure a second season in the top flight, as David Wanger’s side held off a West Brom fight back to secure a 2-1 win against the Baggies.

Rajiv van La Parra broke the deadlock shortly into the second half to give the Terriers the lead when he turned in from Colin Quaner’s cross, before Steve Mounie doubled their advantage on 56 minutes by powering home following Alex Pritchard’s through ball.

Craig Dawson headed in Chris Brunt’s corner kick to give the Baggies hope on 64 minutes, but Huddersfield held on for the win and leave Alan Pardew’s side seven points from safety.

Stoke missed the chance to move out of the relegation zone, as Leicester boosted their European qualification hopes by coming from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw against Paul Lambert’s side.

Xherdan Shaqiri put the visitors in front just before half-time with a powerful strike from the edge of the area, but Jack Butland would turn Marc Albrighton’s cross into his own net under pressure from Jamie Vardy to gift the Foxes a point.

Newcastle missed the chance to secure back-to-back wins, as Bournemouth came from 2-0 down to rescue a point against Rafa Benitez’s side to maintain their place in the top ten.

Dwight Gayle fired Newcastle in front on 17 minutes with a clever backheel after an initial save by Asmir Begovic and the ex-Crystal Palace man made it 2-0 just before half-time with a tap-in from Ayoze Perez’s cross.

Adam Smith pulled one back for the Cherries on 80 minutes with a powerful right-footed effort in off the crossbar, before ex-Newcastle man Dan Gosling completed the comeback on 89 minutes by turning in Nathan Ake’s shot to rescue a late point for Eddie Howe’s side.

Burnley still await their first win of 2018, as Sean Dyche’s side went 11 games without a win after letting the lead slip in a 1-1 draw against Southampton at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes bundled in from close range on 67 minutes but just as it looked like Burnley would end their poor form, Manolo Gabbiadini turned in from Guido Carillo’s flick-on in injury-time to rescue a late point for the Saints.

Newcastle let a two-goal lead slip against Bournemouth
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Finally, Watford secured their second win in three games as captain Troy Deeney scored the only goal to give Javi Gracia’s side a 1-0 win over Everton.

Deeney would seal all three points for the home side on 79 minutes, when his effort beat Jordan Pickford at his near post to dent the Toffees’ European qualification hopes.

Saturday 24 Feb

Leicester 1-1 Stoke (Butland o/g 70 | Shaqiri 43)
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle (A. Smith 80, Gosling 89 | Gayle 17, 45)
Brighton 4-1 Swansea (Murray pen 18, 69, Knockaert 73, Locadia 90| Dunk o/g 86)
Burnley 1-1 Southampton (Barnes 67 | Gabbiadini 90)
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham (Can 29, Salah 51, Firmino 57, Mane 77 | Antonio 59)
West Brom 1-2 Huddersfield (Dawson 64 |van La Parra 48, Mounie 56)
Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney 79)

Sunday 25 Feb

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham (Kane 88)
Man United 2-1 Chelsea (Lukaku 39, Lingard 75 | Willian 32)

Thursday 1 Mar

Arsenal 0-3 Man City (B.Silva 15, D.Silva 28, Sane 33)

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