LONDON — Manchester United quickly regained
second place in the Premier League with a routine 2-0 home win over Swansea
City Saturday, hours after Liverpool deposed it with a 2-1 victory at Crystal
Jose Mourinho's team was still 13 points behind
leader Manchester City, which visits Everton in the late game ahead of the
Manchester derby next Saturday.
have 10 points more than last season but there is a club which is making it
practically impossible to follow. In other leagues we would be fighting for the
title," Mourinho said.
Romelu Lukaku reached 100 league goals by scoring in
the first five minutes as United dominated a Swansea side which has been
revitalized under manager Carlos Carvalhal.
Alexis Sanchez struck before the interval, the
Chilean forward's second goal for United, and the host comfortably saw out the
victory at Old Trafford.
Liverpool came from behind to win at Palace in
manager Juergen Klopp's 100th league game in England and move five points ahead
of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, which visits fifth-placed Chelsea Sunday.
Mohamed Salah scored their late winner, his 37th of
the season in all competitions, after the equalizer by Sadio Mane.
Palace's Serbian penalty expert Luka Milivojevic had
converted his seventh spot-kick out of eight this season to put the home side
in front early on.
His old club was left in good heart ahead of an
exciting week, with a Champions League quarterfinal first leg at home to
Manchester City Wednesday and the Merseyside derby at Everton three days later.
is usual for us that we need to fight here, especially after a difficult start,
but it makes it more special at the end," Klopp said.
Palace, however, remained in trouble, only two
points above the relegation zone.
is a bit of a groundhog day playing against these top teams," their
manager Roy Hodgson said after his side conceded a late winner again, just as
they had to Manchester United and Tottenham in their previous two home games.
West Ham jumped above its London rival with a
comprehensive 3-0 home victory over a poor Southampton side, which was three
goals down at halftime in manager Mark Hughes's first league game in charge and
stayed in the bottom three.
Marko Arnautovic, who fell out with Hughes after
leaving Stoke City for West Ham in the close-season, scored two of the goals.
Manager David Moyes was delighted with his team and
their fans after protests marred the last home game, a 3-0 defeat by Burnley.
Huddersfield Town remained in trouble, three points
above relegation, after losing 1-0 at Newcastle United to a goal by Ayoze
Bottom club West Bromwich Albion, which has won only
one league game out of 30 since beating Burnley in August, lost to the same
opponent 2-1 at The Hawthorns.
Ashley Barnes, with a spectacular bicycle kick, and
Chris Wood against his former club were the scorers before Salomon Rondon
grabbed a late consolation for West Brom.
Brighton was beaten 2-0 by Leicester City in a
dramatic finish after Glenn Murray had his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel
and Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi was sent off.
In the other mid-table game, Jermain Defoe's
equaliser in stoppage time earned Bournemouth a 2-2 draw at Watford. — SG