LONDON — Jose Mourinho slammed criticism of
Manchester United's cautious approach in its 2-1 win over bitter rival
Liverpool Saturday, while West Ham fans rebelled in ugly scenes during their
3-0 defeat against Burnley Saturday.
Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 25 minutes
at Old Trafford as United held off a Liverpool fightback to move five points
clear of their visitors in second place in the Premier League.
United also closed to within 13 points of Manchester
City, but barring a late-season collapse by the runaway league leader, that gap
More significantly, Mourinho's men moved another
huge step closer to guaranteeing a top-four finish by opening up a 12-point
lead on fifth-placed Chelsea.
Liverpool was left to rue a slow start as Rashford
twice finished impressively after Romelu Lukaku had outmuscled Dejan Lovren.
Jurgen Klopp's side dominated possession as United
sat back for long periods and Eric Bailly's 66th-minute own goal set up a tense
But United stuck to Mourinho's conservative
game-plan to clinch the points and the Portuguese coach was in typically
defiant mood when asked about the defensive tactics.
people don't think we deserved it, I don't care," Mourinho said.
a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don't care what people say. The boys
are happy, I'm happy."
Just a second defeat in 21 Premier League games
leaves Liverpool still in third, but it could drop to fourth if Tottenham wins
at Bournemouth Sunday.
At the London Stadium, West Ham could face a heavy
fine or possibly even a temporary ground closure as a result of their fans'
Ashley Barnes blasted Burnley in front from 18 yards
out in the 66th minute, prompting an angry West Ham supporter to run onto the
pitch, where he was tackled to the ground by Hammers star Mark Noble.
The mood among the home fans turned even more toxic
when Burnley's Chris Wood doubled the visitors' lead in the 70th minute.
Supporters flocked toward the directors box chanting
"sack the board" at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, while
another ran onto the field to grab the corner flag.
Wood added insult to injury in the 81st minute when
he tapped in after a mistake by Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Gold and Sullivan were asked to leave the stadium
for their own safety before the final whistle as the West Ham fans continued to
turn their anger on the directors.
Burnley's coaching staff allowed children caught up
in the chaos to shelter in their dug-out and Hammers boss David Moyes, whose
side is only three points clear of the relegation zone, admitted he could
understand why tensions boiled over.
players understand. We want to do well, just like the fans do," Moyes
Newcastle boosted its survival bid and kept
Southampton in trouble with a 3-0 win at St James' Park, the goals coming from
Kenedy's brace and a Matt Ritchie strike.
West Brom remains rooted to the bottom of the table
as Leicester's 4-1 win at the Hawthorns increased the pressure on boss Alan
Pardew's side, currently eight points from safety
after a sixth successive league defeat, struck first when Salomon Rondon
converted Oliver Burke's eighth-minute cross.
Jamie Vardy equalized with a stunning strike in the
21st minute and Riyad Mahrez put Leicester in front in the 62nd minute.
Kelechi Iheanacho made it three in the 76th minute
and Vicente Iborra capped the rout in stoppage-time.
Everton eased the pressure on boss Sam Allardyce
with a 2-0 win over Brighton at Goodison Park, while Swansea drew 0-0 at
Huddersfield despite having Ghana striker Jordan Ayew sent off in the 11th
minute. — - SG