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Manchester United turn on style in comeback defeat of Newcastle

Anthony Martial scored twice as Manchester United hit back in emphatic fashion from a rocky start against a benevolent Newcastle United to open their Christmas programme with a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford on Thursday.

After a 2-0 loss at Watford last weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had demanded a response from his players but a yellow card for Scott McTominay after 24 seconds and going behind to Matthew Longstaff’s 17th-minute goal was not what he had in mind.

It was all smiles later though as Newcastle folded and Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all struck before half-time before Martial scored again early in the second half as United moved back to seventh, four points off the top four.

United have now won 21 Premier League games on Boxing Day for a win percentage of 81% — more than any other club.

With midfielder Paul Pogba also coming on after half-time, only his second appearance since September because of injury, United will hope to end an up-and-down year with a flourish with a trip to Burnley looming on the horizon on Saturday.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“Against Watford we were not good enough for our standard but the boys showed a great intensity today and we thoroughly deserved the three points,” defender Harry Maguire said.8

“We have now got a big game in two days and our story so far has been a good performance and then a not so good one.”

Newcastle have made steady progress up the table under former United defender Steve Bruce and could have gone above United with a win on Thursday. So when 19-year-old Longstaff tucked his shot past David de Gea after linking well with Joelinton the away fans went wild.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

It was Longstaff who scored the winner in the reverse fixture at St James’ Park this season, but any sense of dread for the Old Trafford faithful soon diminished as United sparked into life to play some flowing football.

Six minutes after Longstaff’s goal, United were level with Martial’s shot squeezing in at the near post when Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka should really have kept it out.

Newcastle offered United another gift as they tried to play out from the back but merely gave the ball to 18-year-old Greenwood who thumped a left-footed cracker in off the crossbar.

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay suffers knee ligament damage vs. Newcastle

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay suffered knee ligament damage during the win over Newcastle, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

McTominay left Old Trafford on crutches after being substituted at half-time during the 4-1 victory over Steve Bruce’s side.

The 23-year-old was involved in a challenge with Sean Longstaff in the opening stages but was able to play on until the break before being replaced with Paul Pogba.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“He’s done his ligament in the knee,” said Solskjaer.7

“I don’t know how bad. Let’s see. The boy has got the biggest heart, you see the attitude of the kid [to play on]. I’m not sure if he’s going to be ready for Saturday [against Burnley] but we’ve seen him heal quickly before.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

United moved to within four points of the top four with victory over Newcastle, which was secured thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and a brace from Anthony Martial.

Greenwood’s goal — his eighth of the season — was a spectacular effort from outside the box that went in off the underside the of crossbar and Solskjaer has warned the rest of the Premier League that the 18-year-old is only going to get better.

“He’s learning, growing as a human being,” said the United boss.

“He’ll grow more and more and we’re not going to see the best of Mason for a couple for years. When I was 18 … I was nowhere near the level he is now.”

Wolves come from behind to win at Norwich

Wolverhampton Wanderers got back to winning ways as they punished relegation-threatened Norwich City with a second-half comeback to win 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Wolves, whose 11-match unbeaten run was ended by Tottenham Hotspur the previous week, were dreadful before half-time, but goals by Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez sealed victory.

Roared on by the Carrow Road faithful, Norwich outplayed Wolves in the first half and had they been more ruthless the points could have been in the bag before the interval.cheap nike jerseys nfl

Wolves keeper Rui Patricio produced a smart early save to deny Kenny McLean and then turned Alex Tettey’s low drive against the post as Norwich swarmed forward.6

Norwich took the lead in the 17th minute when Wolves failed to clear McLean’s cross and Todd Cantwell smashed the ball home.

Teemu Pukki was twice denied by the over-worked Patricio as Wolves staggered to halftime only a goal in arrears.

Predictably, Wolves were a different proposition after the break and equalised after 62 minutes when the increasingly influential Joao Moutinho whipped in a cross that Saiss met with a powerful header.

Norwich were deflated and Wolves snatched victory in the 81st minute with Jimenez on hand to convert a rebound after keeper Tim Krul saved Matt Doherty’s point-blank effort.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

“Football can be the most unfair sport in the world,” Norwich manager Daniel Farke said. “You have to grab your reward and we didn’t. We missed too many chances today.”

The defeat leaves his side second from bottom, six points below the safety zone, while Wolves climb to sixth with the win, two points off fourth-placed Chelsea who face Tottenham on Sunday.

Sheffield United beat Brighton to close in on top four

Oliver McBurnie scored the only goal of the game as Sheffield United extended their superb unbeaten away record in this season’s Premier League with a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

The visitors had already had a goal ruled out by VAR when McBurnie exploited indecision in the Brighton defence to take control of a long ball and lash home the winner midway through the first half.

After a toothless first-half performance, Brighton boss Graham Potter made a double substitution at half-time, introducing Aaron Connolly for Leandro Trossard and Glenn Murray for Pascal Gross.

But it was David McGoldrick who almost made it 2-0 early in the second half, snapping up another poor header and rounding the goalkeeper before shooting into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.5

Brighton’s attacking fortunes improved slightly in the second half as the rain poured down, with teenage striker Connolly proving a handful with his quick feet and direct style, but the home team could not force an equaliser.

“We didn’t play well today,” Potter said. “They made it difficult for us and we weren’t as good as we’d like to be.

“Sheffield United did what they did well. First half they were better than us and deservedly it was 1-0.”

The result marked United’s third win in a row in the league and lifted the Blades to fifth in the table on 28 points, one behind Chelsea, who play Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Brighton remain in 13th on 20 points.cheap nike jerseys nfl

United boss Chris Wilder said he was pleased with his side’s performance, but was not sure their good run of away form could continue much longer.

“We did a job on them, should have had more possession, but we had the better chances on the counter-attack and we’re delighted to keep the away run going,” he said. “But the next two [away games] are at Manchester City and Liverpool.”

Leicester cruise past Aston Villa to open six-point lead over Man City

Leicester eased past Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday to stay within eight points of Premier League leaders Liverpool and move six clear of third-placed Manchester City.

The result also saw Leicester — on 38 points — open a sizeable gap over fourth-placed Chelsea on 29 points and fifth-placed Manchester United on 24 points.

What began as an end-to-end encounter in the torrential rain soon turned in the visitors’ favour when Jamie Vardy opened the scoring on 20 minutes.nfl nike jersey cheap

Kelechi Iheanacho doubled Leicester’s lead with four minutes remaining in the first half, but Villa captain Jack Grealish pulled one back for the hosts after a VAR check on the stroke of half-time.7

Leicester defender Jonny Evans netted for the first time this season in the second half, however, before Vardy struck again to seal victory for the Foxes just two days after coach Brendan Rodgers signed a new deal at the club amid links to managerless Arsenal.

Vardy’s second goal of the day was his 16th this season, cementing his status as top scorer in the Premier League so far this term. The 32-year-old’s finishes also meant he has scored in eight consecutive games for the second time in his Premier League career. The only other player to achieve that feat is former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Villa’s defeat was not their only setback as England defender Tyrone Mings was forced off with an injury in the first half.

Elsewhere, Matt Targett was seemingly fortunate to remain on the pitch after a reckless challenge on Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira saw the Villa man receive a yellow card, which a VAR check did not overturn.

Leicester’s win was their eight in a row in the Premier League — a club record.

Man United’s Solskjaer: Lingard back to best after off-field issues

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Jesse Lingard is back to his best after hinting off-field issues have contributed to the midfielder’s loss of form.

Lingard had not made a Premier League start since September before returning to the team to play a key role in back-to-back victories over Tottenham and Manchester City.

“He’s Man United through and through. He’s a Red, he’s got a great attitude and a great work rate.”

Lingard was caught up in controversy over the summer when he accidentally posted a video on Instagram of his friend simulating sex with a pillow in a hotel room. He was reprimanded by Solskjaer over the incident.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

This season the 26-year-old has spent two spells on the sidelines with injury and lost his place in the England squad but sent a message to boss Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2020 with two impressive displays against Spurs and City.

Some United supporters were quick to jump on Lingard’s back during his dip in form but Solskjaer has told fans they cannot always see the full picture.8

“You can criticise anyone about anything, that’s the privilege some people think they have,” Solskjaer said. “For me as a manager, I have to look after these boys in the good and the bad times.

“It’s great to work with him. I had him in the reserves, I gave him his debut in the reserves against Burnley. It’s good to see him back to his old self.”nfl nike jersey cheap

After collecting six points from two tough games in the space of four days, United have moved up to fifth in the table — five points off the top four. They have a favourable run over Christmas with games against Everton, Watford, Newcastle and Burnley before a trip to Arsenal on New Year’s Day and, after struggling against so-classed lesser teams this season, Solskjaer said it is down to him to lift his players for every game — not just those against the top six.

“That’s up to me, to make sure that for every single game,” Solskjaer said. “They know they have to earn the right to win a game of football.

“You’ve got to earn the right to win. It’s consistency and just being better at taking care of our chances. We’ve had chances in every single game.

“There are so many games I could go through that we should have won. We know that we have to get better results against teams that drop deeper. We’ll improve on that.”

Tammy Abraham returns with a goal and assist as Chelsea edge Aston Villa

Tammy Abraham scored a goal and set up another on his return from injury as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday to put their Premier League campaign back on track after two straight defeats.

Abraham, who played for Villa last season on loan, headed home from close range in the 24th minute after a lofted cross by right back Reece James, another of Chelsea’s home-grown players who have flourished under coach Frank Lampard.

Villa equalised with their first real chance of the game in the 41st minute when Egyptian Trezeguet headed a cross from his compatriot Ahmed El Mohamady on to his own foot and the ball crossed the line.nfl nike jersey cheap

Chelsea regained the lead in style three minutes into the second half when Abraham chested a cross by Willian invitingly for fellow academy graduate Mason Mount to volley home.3

Abraham, 22, missed Chelsea’s 1-0 home defeat by West Ham United due to injury and Lampard heaped praise on the forward whose form has earned him a call-up for England.

“He’s showing his all-round game, he stretches defences, he starts our press,” Lampard said. “He’s a personality that has grown in our dressing room every day with his enthusiasm and his will to win, and of course with players on such a good run, when they come out of the team you can miss them.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Chelsea went in search of a third goal and Willian came closest to getting it when the Brazilian’s free kick was touched onto a post by Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga denied Ezri Konsa Ngoyo an equaliser in the dying moments.

The result left Chelsea in fourth place, six points above fifth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. Aston Villa are 15th and only one point clear of the relegation area.

“That shows me where we are to have a real potential to getting where we want to be, but also aware of the little tough bumps in the road.”

Villa coach Dean Smith said his team were second best to Chelsea and started both halves on the back foot unlike in their previous game when they battled to a 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

“I feel that we can be as good as teams like Chelsea. We have got to be more consistent in our play to do that,” he said. “Tonight we weren’t as consistent as we were on Sunday against Manchester United.”

Former Chelsea captain John Terry, now Villa’s assistant head coach, stepped on to the pitch after the match to applause from the home fans. The former England captain played 717 times for Chelsea.

Southampton see off Norwich in relegation battle

Southampton boosted their hopes of staying in the Premier League after a fine first-half performance garnished by goals from Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand helped them to a nervy 2-1 home win over struggling Norwich on Wednesday.

The Saints dominated the opening exchanges of the relegation dogfight and Ings fired them ahead in the 22nd minute when he headed home a James Ward-Prowse free kick.

Moussa Djenepo drove a shot over the bar for the home side before left-back Bertrand made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute, capitalising on another fine set piece by Ward-Prowse as he slotted in the midfielder’s corner at the far post.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl was pleased with the outcome although he acknowledged the battle to stay up would be a long one.6
Southampton almost netted the third on the stroke of half-time when Norwich keeper Tim Krul only just managed to tip Pierre Hojberg’s deflected shot over the bar.

The tide turned after the break as Teemu Pukki’s fierce shot was parried by Alex McCarthy and the Finland striker pulled one back for Norwich in the 65th minute when he beat the Saints keeper with a clinical finish from inside the penalty area.

Norwich launched a fierce onslaught in the closing stages and substitute Emiliano Buendia missed a gilt-edged chance to salvage a point for the visitors when he headed wide of the far post in stoppage time.nfl nike jersey cheap

Daniel Farke rued his Norwich team’s poor start to the game but believed they deserved more from an improved second-half display.

“I’m a bit annoyed in the first half we weren’t brave enough,” said Farke.

“It was a really good reaction in the second half but it is important to play this way for 90 minutes. We showed a great reaction and in the end we deserved at least a draw.”

Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic score as Chelsea hold off Watford

Striker Tammy Abraham scored one goal and Christian Pulisic added another as Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday, with Ben Foster putting on a superb display between the posts for the home side despite the defeat.

Abraham latched on to a brilliant defence-splitting pass by Jorginho and lifted the ball past Foster in the fifth minute to join Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as top scorers with nine goals each so far this season.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Foster bounced back from the concession of that early goal to pull off a string of superb first-half saves from Abraham, Pulisic and Mason Mount to keep his side in the game.6

He made another great stop from Mount early in the second half, but there was little he could do in the 55th minute when Abraham pulled the ball back across the box for Pulisic to slam home from close range to double Chelsea’s advantage.

“I want to make an impact for the team and I am enjoying it a lot. I want to prove every week that I deserve to be in the starting line-up,” Pulisic said after the game.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Watford nearly snatched an unlikely point as Gerard Deulofeu scored a late penalty and Foster almost headed home a late free kick as the Hornets threw everybody forward, but his opposite number Kepa clawed the ball away as the final whistle went.

“That’s the closest I have ever come to scoring. I can’t believe he saved it but that’s why they spend so much money on a goalkeeper like Kepa,” the 36-year-old Foster told Sky Sports, adding that he thought his side had deserved a draw.

Chelsea’s fifth consecutive league win lifts them to third place in the table on 23 points, eight behind leaders Liverpool and two behind second-placed Manchester City, while winless Watford remain bottom on five points after 11 games.

Liverpool’s confidence and persistence yields another dramatic win but title race has far to go

When Trent Alexander-Arnold readied to take a corner as the clock ticked down at Villa Park, with seconds left in his 100th appearance for Liverpool, there was apprehension among the home supporters and expectation in the away end.

It was the 95th minute, seven after Andy Robertson cancelled out Trezeguet’s first-half opener for Aston Villa and there were just 60 seconds remaining for the league leaders to rescue three points. Liverpool were several levels below their best, without rhythm or surety in their play, all afternoon and the fixture was ready to be filed under “just one of those days.”cheap nike nfl jersey

“We made it difficult for ourselves,” Jurgen Klopp admitted post-match. “We started playing football good but not exactly like we should have done. Aston Villa were ready today for a proper fight, a proper battle, defend with all they have, try to find spaces for counter-attacks and be there and have good set pieces.4

“We played good football, but didn’t finish the situations and then we conceded a goal, then it is not so easy to change these wrong decisions, this wrong path, immediately. We needed a bit of time.”

Liverpool’s poor decision-making aligned with marginal calls — Villa’s goal was ruled just onside by VAR, but Roberto Firmino’s armpit (yes, you read that correctly) was deemed to be offside when he had the ball in the back of the net — compounded the sense that it may not quite be their afternoon. But in those dying moments, the emotions of both fan bases were understandable. Dean Smith’s men have ceded 11 points in games in which they have gone ahead this season, more than any other Premier League side. Liverpool, by contrast, are the champions of division in winning points from losing positions.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It turns out that Villa supporters were justified for feeling the way they did: Sadio Mane’s deft header from Alexander-Arnold’s corner dissected Conor Hourihane and Jonathan Kodjia before nestling into the far corner to make it 2-1 to the league leaders.

Prior to that moment, Liverpool did not need to dig that deep or look too far to believe they could conjure another rescue act. They were decisive at the death during a ridiculous 5-5 draw with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, in which they triumphed on penalties. Their winner against Leicester City at Anfield last month arrived after 95 minutes. Their equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the next fixture materialised in the 85th minute. The “Fergie Time” concept, coined when Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides had a habit of producing late goals, has been replaced by “Klopp o’clock.”

Since the start of last season, no other Premier League team has scored more goals in the division during the last 10 minutes than Liverpool’s 23. In September 2017, after his side had conceded 13 goals from seven matches, Klopp admitted that lapses in defence had become “a self-fulfilling prophecy” for them as players got sucked into the narrative around them. That has since been positively replaced by Liverpool’s powers of recovery: since the German labelled his squad “f—ing mentality monsters” in April after Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson scored late goals in a 3-1 victory at Southampton, they have continually found ways to win even with time running out.