A first Manchester United goal for Alexis Sanchez, a five-goal thriller at the Hawthorns, and some spectacular strikes – it’s been another thrilling Saturday in the Premier League! Here’s what happened in the 3pm kick-offs…
Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City
Substitutes Josh King and Lys Mousset struck second-half goals as in-form Bournemouth came from behind to inflict a first defeat on new Stoke boss Paul Lambert.
The struggling Potters looked on course to make it seven points from nine under Lambert’s charge when Xherdan Shaqiri headed them into a deserved early lead at the Vitality Stadium.
But Bournemouth battled back to score twice in the final quarter of the match and secure a 2-1 victory which extends their Premier League unbeaten run to a club record seven games and drops City back into the bottom three.
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 West Ham United
West Ham’s week of turmoil ended with defeat at Brighton to plunge them back into the relegation mix.
Goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo [celebrating below] and Pascal Gross secured just win in 14 matches for the Seagulls to boost their own chances of avoiding the drop.
Javier Hernandez was on target for West Ham, but it was a miserable end to a turbulent few days for the east London club, who had to sack their head of recruitment Tony Henry after claims he told agents they did not want to sign any more African players.
Anger and frustration towards the West Ham board from supporters is at an all-time high following the scandal, as well as an underwhelming transfer window which saw a club linked with Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Daniel Sturridge end up with Jordan Hugill from Preston.
Leicester City 1-1 Swansea City
Swansea’s resurgence continued as they climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a hard-fought draw at Leicester, who were again without wantaway midfielder Riyad Mahrez.
All the pre-match talk was about the AWOL Algerian, who has not been seen by the club since his proposed move to Manchester City collapsed on Wednesday.
Mahrez unexpectedly missed the defeat at Everton that night and has not been at training subsequently, although his absence on Saturday was anticipated as Leicester boss Claude Puel allowed the former PFA Player of the year time to “clear his head.”
It looked like he might not be missed as Leicester played some lovely football during the first half and took the lead after 17 minutes through Jamie Vardy.
However, after Federico Fernandez [below] headed Swansea level early in the second half, Leicester lacked the guile and craft so often provided by Mahrez to respond and had to settle for a point.
Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Alexis Sanchez’s first goal for Manchester United wrapped up a comfortable victory against Huddersfield on a day when the clubs came together to remember those who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.
Tuesday is the 60th anniversary of the tragedy which claimed 23 lives, including eight of the players, as Sir Matt Busby’s side returned from a European Cup match at Red Star Belgrade.
Silence fell upon Old Trafford as those lost were remembered ahead of a match that United won, with goals from Romelu Lukaku and home debutant Sanchez sealing the victory against David Wagner’s Terriers.
Huddersfield struggled to create clear-cut chances in their first league trip to Old Trafford since March 1972 but dug deep in the first half to frustrate the hosts, who claimed a penalty when Terence Kongolo poleaxed Scott McTominay.
United were struggling for a creative spark but went up a gear after half-time, going ahead within 10 minutes of the restart when Lukaku smartly turned home a Juan Mata cross.
Sanchez won a penalty and saw it saved, only to turn home the rebound on his Old Trafford debut as United bounced back from the midweek loss at Tottenham, extending Huddersfield’s winless Premier League run to an eighth match.
West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Southampton
Southampton claimed all three points in a frenetic Premier League match, moving out of the relegation zone and leaving hosts West Brom in deeper trouble at the bottom of the table.
Goals from Mario Lemina and Jack Stephens turned the game on its head after Ahmed Hegazi had given the hosts an early lead..
James Ward-Prowse then put the Saints two goals ahead with a pinpoint a free-kick in the second half, before Salomon Rondon pulled a goal back for the Baggies in the last 20 minutes.