Manchester United kept up the pressure at the top of the table with an outstanding display against Arsenal on Saturday to earn a 1-3 win and inflict the home team’s first home loss since January. Despite going 2-0 up in the opening 11 minutes with goals from Valencia and Lingard, it was they defensive display that caught the eye, especially that off keeper David de Gea. Lacazette pulled a goal back for the Gunners shortly after the break, only for Lingard to score his second of the match to restore United’s two goal advantage. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all smiles for the United Boss Jose Mourinho has they lost Influential midfielder Paul Pogba to a red card late in the game for a dangerous tackle.
Chelsea also stayed in touch with the top two with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Stanford bridge. Dwight Gayle had given the Magpies an unexpected lead after only 12 minutes, however it didn’t take the reigning Premier League champions long to get back on level terms thanks to Eden Hazard before the home team took the lead just after the half hour mark with a goal from the head of summer signing Alvaro Morata to make it 2-1 which they took to the break.
After the break Newcastle seemed reluctant to attack, opting to but numbers into their defence and rely on the occasional counter attack, which did slow the game down, but despite this Chelsea still had their chances and when Ritchie brought down Victor Moses it was Hazard again who stood up and made it 3-1 from the penalty spot. With the Belgian in fine form it was only a remarkable fingertip save from Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow that prevented Hazard from completing his Hat-trick.
The result leaves Chelsea still in third 11 points behind Manchester City at the top, but only 3 behind United in second place as they come into a hectic Christmas period.