With the international break now in full force, this weekend was a last chance for teams to find some momentum to take into fortnight off.

Manchester City entered the weekend top and remain there after playing out a cagey 0-0 draw with title rivals, Liverpool at Anfield despite Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty.

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The Reds however drop a position to third after Chelsea clinched a 3-0 away win at Southampton, with goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata to move into second. 

Arsenal meanwhile made it nine straight wins in all competitions after thrashing Fulham 5-1 and moved up into the top four, just two points behind the top three but ahead of Tottenham on goal difference after Spurs beat Cardiff City 1-0 through an early Eric Dier tap in.

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Down at bottom, Huddersfield moved up into 18th, above Newcastle and Cardiff after clinching a 1-1 draw. The Magpies however were involved in this weekend’s feature match from Old Trafford as they faced a under-fire Manchester United side as Jose Mourinho looked set for the sack. 

A disastrous start for Man U saw Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto put Newcastle in front within opening ten minutes. 

The Tynesiders then could of had a further two or more before half time but David De Gea was alert to deny Jonjo Shelvey’s long range then Muto’s header.

They also saw a penalty appeal waved away shortly before break after Shelvey’s free kick was handballed by Ashley Young but referee, Anthony Taylor instead gave an incorrect goal kick. 

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That proved to be the turning point as the Red Devils came out fighting after the break and got their reward in 70th minute, when Juan Mata delivered a stunning free kick past the correctly diving Martin Dubravka to pull one back, sparking one of United’s most dramatic comebacks in the post Fergie era. 

Their equaliser didn’t come long after when Anthony Martial played a 1-2 with Paul Pogba down the left six minutes later, before cutting into box and squeezing his shot home to set up a grandstand finish. 

Newcastle were first to go close to finding that winner but Mohamed Diame’s deflected header was cleared off the line by Romelu Lukaku to prevent a potential Marouane Fellaini own goal.

Eventually the pressure told as United launched a late attack down right before Aleix Sanchez headed in a cross from Ashley Young to hand Man Utd a 3-2 victory and for Jose, a stay of execution. 

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Elsewhere, Bournemouth thumped Watford 4-0 with a Joshua King double sandwiching David Brooks and Callum Wilson’s goals. The Hornets however had Christian Kabasele red carded for a second offence following his foul on King in lead-up to Cherries’ second goal. 

Everton ended their sticky run of late by taking back to back wins after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning blast into top left from 25 yards out as they beat Leicester 2-1, after Ricardo Pereira initially cancelled out Richarlison’s seventh minute flick opener. 

Finally, goals from Glenn Murray and Matt Docherty ultimately proved key for Brighton and Wolverhampton Wanderers as they sealed respective 1-0 wins over West Ham and Crystal Palace. 

 

 

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