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 United eases back into 2nd place
 ( Published On Monday 9 April 2018, 24 Rajab 1439, Time: 9:25)

United eases back into 2nd place

 

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 Palace.

 

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.

 

"We 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.

 

"It 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.

 

"It 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 Perez.

 

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



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