Premier League Wrap: Liverpool Go Top As City Taste Defeat

Romelu Lukaku celebrated his return to the Manchester United starting line-up with a goal as Jose Mourinho’s under-fire side breezed to a 4-1 win over an abject Fulham. 

While Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick helped Liverpool thrash Bournemouth 4-0 away from home to go top of the Premier League as holders Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season

Lukaku’s close-range finish was his first at Old Trafford for 997 competitive minutes and followed efforts from Ashley Young and Juan Mata inside the opening half hour.

Claudio Ranieri’s team lived down to the reputation of the Premier League’s bottom club and any encouragement from Aboubakar Kamara’s 67th-minute penalty was extinguished by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s red card 47 seconds later.

Marcus Rashford completed United’s first win in five league games, achieved with Paul Pogba as an unused substitute, which lifts them up to sixth.

Manchester City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season as N’Golo Kante and David Luiz secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The reigning champions were on top from the outset, but Pep Guardiola’s decision to play Raheem Sterling through the middle in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero failed to pay dividends and they were unable to regain top spot from Liverpool, who beat Bournemouth 4-0 earlier on Saturday to edge a point clear.

Chelsea were forced to sit deep for much of the opening period before Kante scored with their first shot on target in the 45th minute.

Maurizio Sarri’s team were well-drilled in the second half and a 78th-minute header from David Luiz sealed a huge victory after a run of just one win in four.

Lucas Torreira’s 83rd-minute overhead kick earned Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town that moved them into the top four and extended their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions.

The Gunners had scored in each of their 14 Premier League matches since a 2-0 loss to Manchester City in their opening fixture, but they were frustrated by a stubborn Huddersfield side until Torreira’s strike late on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had missed a great chance in the first half, provided the assist with a chip into the middle that an unmarked Torreira acrobatically fired in.

Arsenal moved up to third with the victory while Huddersfield dropped into the relegation zone.

West Ham stormed back from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in a thrilling contest and win a third straight Premier League game for the first time in two years.

James McArthur had put Palace ahead after just six minutes with his second goal in three games.

But Robert Snodgrass’ impressive equaliser – his first Premier League goal for 705 days – changed the momentum just after half-time, with Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson then striking to wrap up a 17-minute blitz.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men held on for a dramatic victory despite a late reply from Palace substitute Jeffrey Schlupp, moving into the top 10 as a result, as struggling Palace, who have one win in 11 top-flight games, slipped to 16th.

Burnley beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at home thanks to James Tarkowski’s fortunate goal to record their first win since September and move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Mohamed Salah was the star of the show with a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 away from home to go top of the Premier League for at least a few hours.

There was more than a hint of fortune about Liverpool’s first-half opener, as Salah netted from close range despite appearing to be offside.

The Egypt star was decisive again just after the restart, singlehandedly taking the game to the Bournemouth defence and finding the net, before a Steve Cook own goal and Salah’s third rounded things off in the latter stages, taking him to double figures in the league this term.

And victory capped off a day to remember for James Milner, who made his 500th Premier League appearance.

Source: wolexis

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