United up to second after beating Everton

Manchester United moved up to second in the Premier League after a deserved 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Excellent second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed an important triumph for United, who are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

The success was achieved without the injured Romelu Lukaku but he is set to be sidelined only for one week as a precaution following his head injury against Southampton on Saturday.

Liverpool maintained their push for a Champions League qualification spot with a last-gasp 2-1 victory against Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp, who went into battle without injured pair Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho, was a relieved man when Ragnar Klavan grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner at Turf Moor.

Johann Gudmundsson had earlier cancelled out Sadio Mane's opener before Klavan's heroics as the Merseysiders maintained fourth place in the Premier League table.

Sky Bet have slashed Mark Hughes to 1-5 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his current position after Stoke slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Newcastle with Ayoze Perez on target.

The result prompted angry scenes at the bet365 Stadium with some fans chanting for Hughes to go, while there were also banners demanding a change in the hotseat.

Stoke sit just two points above the relegation zone and Hills rate the Potters 9-4 to drop out of the top flight.

Brighton and Bournemouth inched themselves closer to safety with a pulsating 2-2 draw. Albion twice led through Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray only for Steve Cook and Callum Wilson to pull the visitors level.

Leicester were comfortable 3-0 winners over Huddersfield with all three goals coming in the second half for a Foxes side missing England international forward Jamie Vardy.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring on 53 minutes and Algerian teammate Islam Slimani quickly doubled Leicester's advantage before Marc Albrighton added a late third.

Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva finally made his Leicester debut after agreeing to join from Sporting in the summer only to miss the August transfer deadline by 14 seconds.

 

Match in Focus

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Man City v Everton

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  • Manchester City have not kept a clean sheet in their last four games
Expert verdict
Manchester City suffered their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea on Saturday, but don’t expect them to meet with the same fate when they host Everton at the Etihad. Despite that setback, City remain a fantastic team and it will take something special for Everton to stop the champions. But the Toffees are difficult to break down, going into half-time level in each of their last five games, and there could be value in expecting something similar. Marco Silva’s side have conceded just two goals in four games and defended well for much of the Merseyside derby before a Jordan Pickford howler.

 

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