Liverpool Hold Manchester United To Draw At Old Trafford

Liverpool’s English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) scores their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool have held Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford in the English Premier League on Sunday.

This comes as Liverpool failed to record a record-equalling 18th straight Premier League win, although Adam Lallana’s late equaliser saved the European champions from a loss at Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford’s controversial goal handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling Red Devils a 1-0 half-time lead, but they could not hold out for a much-needed victory as they left substitute Lallana unmarked at the back post to level with five minutes to play.

Liverpool move six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but will still feel this was a missed opportunity to inflict more pain on a United side sitting 13th in the Premier League, just two points off the relegation zone.

The two most successful sides in English football could not have come into the game in more contrasting form.

However, United answered Solskjaer’s calls to rise to the occasion.

Liverpool were without Mohamed Salah through injury and the Egyptian’s pace and trickery was badly missed.

The visitors were able to welcome back goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the first time in two months after a calf injury, but the Brazilian was rarely tested as United were happy to sit back and counter-attack.

Solskjaer changed his formation to a 3-5-2 in an attempt to limit Liverpool’s flying full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and it was largely effective as the hosts restricted the league leaders to precious few chances.

Liverpool’s best opening before the break came when Sadio Mane finally found some space to counter-attack, but from his cut-back Roberto Firmino fired too close to David de Gea.

United had not scored in their two previous matches prior to the international break, but finally produced a moment of quality going forward to take the lead, even if fortune was also on their side for the goal to stand.

Victor Lindelof looked to have upended Divock Origi on halfway, but no foul was given by Martin Atkinson and as United broke forward, Daniel James’s cross perfectly picked out Rashford to prod past Alisson.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious on the touchline even before a VAR review failed to overturn the decision.

The visitors’ frustration only grew moments later when Mane outmuscled Lindelof to turn in what he thought was an equaliser, only for VAR to this time rule the goal out for a handball by the Senegalese.

Klopp sprinted down the touchline at the half-time whistle, but was unable to change the pattern of the game after the interval as Liverpool continued to dominate possession without creating many chances.

Indeed United could have doubled their advantage when Rashford and Fred fired shots just wide of Alisson’s goal on the counter-attack.

Lallana had played just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season prior to coming off the bench 20 minutes from time.

But he was in the right place at the right time to make a telling contribution in the title race as he tapped home at the back post from Andy Robertson’s cross.

United were than camped inside their own box for five minutes of stoppage time.

Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain was inches away from a winner as his driven shot flew just wide and United had another VAR review go their way deep into added time when Fred was adjudged to have played the ball with his shoulder rather than an arm inside the area.

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De Gea Apologises After Manchester United’s Latest Flop

Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea looks on during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James’s Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 6, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

David de Gea apologised to Manchester United supporters after his troubled side slumped to a dismal 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit just two points above the relegation zone and have not won away since March after Matty Longstaff’s second-half winner for Newcastle.

United goalkeeper De Gea admitted this is the toughest time he has experienced since moving to Old Trafford in 2011.

The Spaniard was at a loss to explain exactly why United are off to their worst start since 1989.

“Yes, it probably is the most difficult time since I’ve been here,” De Gea told Sky Sports.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what is happening, we cannot score even one goal in two games.

“It’s difficult to say something, sorry to the fans, we will keep fighting for sure. We will come back but at the moment we are in a difficult situation.

“The whole season has been not good, so keep going, keep fighting, and let’s see what happens in the next games.”

Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville blamed the club’s transfer policy for their current struggles.

“Away from home, they’re not set up to win in a sense of the mentality. They let games drift, I think they play OK in games, but they’re not ruthless, they’re not clinical,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“The quality is not right, the depth of their squad is not good enough and they have taken a step back.

“Their recruitment has been bad now and woeful. They need five or six top players into that squad, and are going to cost a lot.

“They (club board) have cocked this up over many years. They cocked it up, they are responsible for this, with poor recruitment and selection of managers.”

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Man City Demolish Watford After Shock Defeat At Norwich

Watford’s German-born Greek midfielder Jose Holebas (top) vies with Manchester City’s Spanish defender Angelino during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Watford at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on September 21, 2019.
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Manchester City powered to their record Premier League win as the champions scored five times in the first half of an incredible 8-0 thrashing of Watford, while Leicester enjoyed a VAR-assisted 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

Inspired by Bernardo Silva’s hat-trick, Pep Guardiola’s side ripped woeful Watford to pieces at the Etihad Stadium, eclipsing a 7-0 success against Norwich in 2013 which stood as their previous biggest top-flight win.

Although City fell one goal short of equalling the biggest Premier League margin of victory — Manchester United’s 9-0 demolition of Ipswich in 1995 — their swaggering display was the perfect way to erase the bitter taste from last weekend’s shock defeat at Norwich.

Second-placed City move to within two points of leaders Liverpool, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

City had crushed Watford 6-0 in last season’s FA Cup final and, with injury-plagued left-back Benjamin Mendy making his first start since April, they picked up where they left off at Wembley with a goal inside the first minute at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne played a superb ball in from the right, leaving David Silva with the simple task of poking home from close range for his first goal of the season.

The champions doubled their lead in the seventh minute after Watford keeper Ben Foster conceded a penalty with a foul on Riyad Mahrez.

Sergio Aguero coolly slotted in the spot-kick for his eighth goal in six games this term, taking the Argentina striker to 100 home Premier League goals for City.

Guardiola had rested Raheem Sterling, but even without their star winger City were rampant and they made it three in the 12th minute when Mahrez’s free-kick hit Watford’s Tom Cleverley in the head and deflected past Foster.

Astonishingly, City scored again in the 15th minute, De Bruyne’s corner nodded on by Nicolas Otamendi for Bernardo to head home.

By the time Otamendi finished off Aguero’s cross in the 18th minute, City had established the fastest 5-0 lead in the Premier League era.

The joint biggest half-time lead in Premier League history wasn’t enough for City and Bernardo struck again with a close-range finish after another flowing move in the 48th minute.

Bernardo completed his first Premier League treble on the hour with a tap-in from De Bruyne’s cross.

De Bruyne set City’s new record mark in the Premier League when the Belgium midfielder scored the eighth in the 85th minute.

 Leicester on the rise 

At the King Power Stadium, Leicester proved their credentials to gatecrash the top four as they came from behind to beat Tottenham.

Harry’s Kane’s improvised 29th-minute opener as he stumbled before flicking home put Tottenham ahead.

However, the game swung Leicester’s way after Tottenham defender Serge Aurier’s goal midway through the second half was ruled out by the finest of margins for offside by VAR.

The hosts built on that lift immediately as Ricardo Pereira equalised before James Maddison struck the winner from long range five minutes from time.

“We’re six games in, we are not getting carried away,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. “We had a tough start but I’m so pleased with the players’ focus.”

By contrast, Tottenham have now won just two of their first seven games of the season in all competitions and Mauricio Pochettino admitted the VAR controversy had played a role in their latest flop.

Pochettino bemoaned the momentum swing given to Leicester by the long stoppage in play prior to Aurier’s strike being ruled out for an extremely marginal offside against Son Heung-min.

“The emotion of the game changed. The belief it gave to Leicester made things happen differently in the last 10 minutes,” Pochettino said.

“I’m only going to say that we all accept that system in the game and now I am not going to complain.”

Burnley beat Norwich 2-0 at Turf Moor, with New Zealand striker Chris Wood scoring in the 10th and 14th minutes.

Sheffield United piled pressure on Everton manager Marco Silva, whose side were booed off after a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park, the damage done by Yerry Mina’s 40th-minute own goal and Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute strike.

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Richarlison Double Fires Everton Past Wolves

Everton’s Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi (L) watches as his header beats Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio (R) for Everton’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on September 1, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Richarlison bagged a brace as Everton earned a dramatic 3-2 win over Wolves on Sunday.

Brazil forward Richarlison scored the winner with 10 minutes left at Goodison Park to hand the Toffees their second win of the Premier League season.

It was an encouraging day for Everton boss Marco Silva, who handed first Premier League starts to summer signings in Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi and Fabian Delph, the latter making his first appearance in the league since January with Manchester City.

All three made an impact with former Arsenal winger Iwobi scoring for the second successive game.

Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez, with his eighth goal in eight starts this season, had twice drawn the visitors level.

Wolves remain without a win in four league games after suffering their first defeat of the season.

Only Bolton, bottom of League One with none, had scored fewer goals heading into this weekend than Everton.

But Silva’s side ended that run within 12 minutes, which provided as many goals as in Everton’s previous 180 on the pitch.

The opener was a shambles from Wolves’ point of view.

Conor Coady hesitated in playing a backpass to Rui Patricio so when he eventually did, the goalkeeper was taken by surprise and could only stab the ball to Kean, who fortuitously diverted it into the path of Richarlison and he blasted into the net.

Everton, with six successive home league clean sheets having not conceded since February in their last Goodison defeat, would have been hopeful of extending that run considering their record so far this season.

But that evaporated within four minutes as Adama Traore skipped past Lucas Digne and his low cross rebounded for Saiss to fire home from close range.

Back came Everton and Gylfi Sigurdsson swung in a right-wing cross which Iwobi headed home at the far post.

Joao Moutinho, one of the Wolves quartet rested after beating Torino in the Europa League in midweek, was introduced on the hour mark.

The changes worked as Jimenez levelled 15 minutes from time, the striker stealing in at the far post behind the napping Digne to bundle home a Ryan Bennett long throw flicked on by Willy Boly.

But Richarlison had the final say, heading home a Digne cross 10 minutes from time.

Boly’s second yellow card in the final seconds added to Wolves’ frustration.

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Abraham’s Double Fire Chelsea To First Win Under Lampard

Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham (R) shoots to score his second goal, Chelsea’s third during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on August 24, 2019. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

 

Tammy Abraham fired Chelsea to their first win of the Frank Lampard era as the young striker’s double clinched a 3-2 victory against Norwich on Saturday.

Lampard had gone three games without a win in all competitions since he took over as Chelsea manager, but the Blues legend finally got off the mark thanks to his faith in Abraham.

Abraham had failed to score in his three previous appearances this term, but the 21-year-old striker bagged his first goal for the club to put Chelsea ahead in the sunshine at Carrow Road.

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A pulsating encounter saw Todd Cantwell equalise for Norwich before Mason Mount restored Chelsea’s advantage.

Teemu Pukki’s fifth goal in three games this season brought Norwich back on level terms before half-time, only for Abraham to give Chelsea the points with his predatory second half finish.

After a thrashing at Manchester United and a draw with Leicester in Chelsea’s first two Premier League matches, Lampard will have been encouraged by the displays of Abraham and Mount.

He has pinned his hopes on the youngsters to lead Chelsea through a potentially difficult season that sees the club under a transfer ban and without their best player following Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid.

While Chelsea have now conceded nine goals in four games in all competitions under Lampard, the former England midfielder will hope his team’s attacking potential keeps them afloat.

When Pedro suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Ross Barkley, it left Lampard to send out the youngest start league line-up for Chelsea in 25 years at an average age of 24 years and 208 days.

Abraham was one of the youngsters Lampard had backed to shine as he replaced Olivier Giroud after being benched against Leicester last weekend.

Subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing the penalty which saw Chelsea lose the European Super Cup penalty shoot-out against Liverpool recently, Abraham took just three minutes to reward Lampard for his decision.

Cesar Azpilicueta whipped over a precise cross and Abraham alertly drifted away from the Norwich defence to drill a fine first-time strike past Tim Krul from 10 yards.

 Touchline celebrations 

Abraham, who flourished on loan at second tier Aston Villa last season, celebrated by sprinting to the touchline to hug Lampard as the pair were mobbed by their team-mates.

Three minutes later, Chelsea’s creaky defence was exposed by Emiliano Buendia’s burst into the penalty area.

Buendia found Pukki, fresh from last weekend’s hat-trick against Newcastle, and this time the prolific Finland striker was the provider with a low cross that Cantwell turned in from close-range.

Lampard’s team responded in the 17th minute when Norwich were caught in possession outside their own area and Christian Pulisic fed Mount, the 20-year-old midfielder cutting inside and firing home for his second goal of the season.

Andreas Christensen’s point-blank header was superbly pushed over by Krul and Norwich were back on level terms in the 31st minute.

Buendia played a pass to Pukki and, with Chelsea’s defenders slow to react, the former Celtic forward demonstrated why he has taken the Premier League by storm with an angled shot that evaded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s limp attempt to save.

Mount and Pulisic were both narrowly off target, while Azpilicueta sliced over and Emerson shot straight at Krul as Chelsea pressed hard after the interval.

Azpilicueta appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge from Marco Stiepermann, but Chelsea’s pressure was rewarded in the 68th minute.

Picked out by Mateo Kovacic, Abraham left Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in his wake as he jinked past the Norwich defenders before slamming a fierce strike past Krul’s mistimed dive.

Norwich’s Ben Godfrey headed against the bar moments later, while Chelsea were denied a fourth goal when Kurt Zouma’s effort was disallowed by VAR for Giroud’s foul on Krul.

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Pogba Shines As Manchester United Thrash Leeds

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (L) fights for the ball with Leeds United’s Adam Forshaw (R) during their pre-season friendly football match at Optus Stadium in Perth on July 17, 2019.
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Paul Pogba shined as an under-pressure Manchester United stepped up their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of old rivals Leeds on Wednesday.

United had faced criticism after an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth Glory on the weekend.

In a much-needed tonic, the Red Devils clinically dismantled Leeds, who have high hopes of returning to the English Premier League for the first time since 2004.

Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Juventus and Real Madrid, starred in United’s dominant first-half and was part of a pretty chain of passing to set up 17-year-old Mason Greenwood’s first senior goal in the seventh minute.

Greenwood’s energetic performance has the teenager in the frame for thesid Premier League opener against Chelsea on August 11, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“He’s got a chance. He’s more than capable and he’ll always be there in and around the box creating chances,” he told reporters after the match.

Moments later, a powerful strike from Pogba was well saved by goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

But it was only a matter of time before United broke through with a moment of magic in the 27th minute from Marcus Rashford, a livewire in the first half.

After a wondrous dribble past the lead-foot defence, the 21-year-old expertly tapped it past Casilla.

Solskjaer changed his entire lineup at half-time in a repeat of Saturday’s match against Perth.

United continued to dictate, with Phil Jones scoring a thumping header from a corner kick in the 51st minute.

Anthony Martial rounded out a spectacular performance in the 68th minute by converting a penalty after Tahith Chong was taken down in the box.

The first clash in eight years between the one-time bitter enemies fizzled out, but a near capacity Perth Stadium crowd of 55,000 underlined the rivalry’s stature.

Romelu Lukaku was once again absent fuelling speculation he had been dropped from the squad amid reports he was close to securing a move to Inter Milan.

United said the Belgian suffered a knock at training.

“He’s missed two chances to play 45 minutes and at this stage of the season it’s important to get everyone fit, so hopefully he’ll be available soon,” Solskjaer said.

Illness kept out goalkeeper David de Gea, who is reportedly close to signing a new five-year deal with United in excess of £350,000 ($435,000) a week.

United will have further pre-season games against Inter Milan in Singapore on July 20 and Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25, while Leeds will head to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers.

Everton Confirm Rooney To Join DC United

In this file photo taken on March 17, 2018 Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney warms up before the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. PHOTO: Roland Harrison / AFP

 

England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is to leave Everton for a move to North American team DC United, the US club and the English Premier League outfit announced Thursday.

“Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS (Major League Soccer) side DC United on a permanent transfer,” said a club statement.

“Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three-and-a-half years with DC United.”

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English Premier League Results

English Premier League results on Saturday:

Leicester 0 Crystal Palace 3 (Benteke 19, Zaha 40, Sako 90+4)

Arsenal 1 (Ozil 23) Newcastle 0

Chelsea 1 (Alonso 45+3) Southampton 0

Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Watford 1 (Doucoure 68) Huddersfield 4 (Kachunga 6, Mooy 23, 89-pen, Depoitre 50)

Stoke 0 West Ham 3 (Noble 19-pen, Arnautovic 75, Sakho 86)

Playing later (all times GMT)

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (1730)

Sunday

West Brom v Manchester United (1415), Bournemouth v Liverpool (1630)

Monday

Everton v Swansea (2000)

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Leading English Premier League Scorers

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah. Photo: Geoff CADDICK / AFP

Leading scorers in the English Premier League after this weekend’s matches:

12 goals: Salah (Liverpool)

10 goals: Kane (Tottenham), Sterling (Man City)

9 goals: Aguero (Man City), Morata (Chelsea)

8 goals: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Lacazette (Arsenal), Lukaku (Man Utd)

7 goals: Rooney (Everton), Vardy (Leicester)

6 goals: Martial (Man Utd), Sane (Man City)

5 goals: De Bruyne (Man City), Doucoure (Watford), Hazard (Chelsea), Murray (Brighton), Niasse (Everton), Richarlison (Watford), Firmino (Liverpool)

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English Soccer Players Mix With Next Generation In Hong Kong

Four top English Premier League teams wowed their smallest Hong Kong fans on Tuesday ahead of the Asia League Trophy.

Dozens of local primary school footballers met their idols from Liverpool FC, Leicester City, Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace along with veteran players and coaches.

Former Liverpool and English national team player John Barnes taught the youngsters how to dribble, while new Bromwich acquisition, Jay Rodriguez, also joined in the games.

Rodriguez said “The lads are great. They’ve made me feel really welcome and to come out here is a real honor as well – to see Hong Kong and come with the team is really impressive so I’m buzzing to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

At an earlier news conference, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said defender Robert Huth had been ruled out for up to two months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Huth did not travel with the team to Hong Kong and is undergoing rehabilitation.

Chelsea Renew League Title Hopes As They Beat Everton 3-0

Chelsea Renew League Title Hopes As They Beat Everton
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English Premier League Leaders, Chelsea have moved a step closer to the title as they overcame Everton with three second-half goals at Goodison Park.

Pedro’s 25-yard stunner, Gary Cahill’s close-range finish and Willian’s tap-in earned Antonio Conte’s side seven points clear ahead of second-placed Tottenham, who face Arsenal later on Sunday evening.

With the victory, the Blues could drop three points in their remaining four games and still claim a second title in three years, even if Spurs win all of their remaining fixtures.

Elsewhere, Gabriel Jesus scored a late equaliser as Manchester City came twice from behind to rescue a vital point in the race for a top-four finish and dent Middlesbrough’s hopes of premier league survival.

Newcastle United Celebrate Return To EPL

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Newcastle United started a promotion party on Monday by beating 10-man Preston North 4-1 at St James’ Park.

The victory means a return to the English Premier League for Rafa Benitez’s side.

Exactly 348 days after being relegated, Newcastle overcame their obvious nerves to bag a prize worth more than 100 million pounds and retain an outside chance of pipping Brighton & Hove Albion to the championship title.

The club has spent just one season outside the Premier League, and their return to the highest level of English football was a welcome sight for the historic club.

However, in order to avoid another relegation battle, the club’s manager, Rafa Benitez, will need to get his new additions spot on.