English Premiership

Man Utd ease pressure on Mourinho, Chelsea cruise but Arsenal stumble

Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

London - Manchester United eased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho by seeing off Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, as Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester City into second with a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley.

Arsenal's 11-game winning run was finally ended, though, as two Luka Milivojevic penalties earned Crystal Palace a much-needed point in a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.

Sunday's action on the field was overshadowed by the ongoing investigation into the helicopter crash on Saturday evening that is feared to have killed Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

A minute's reflection both in honour of Remembrance Sunday and the crash was held before kick-off at all three matches.

There was an even more poignant scene at Old Trafford as the 12 Thai boys rescued from an underground cave in July were in attendance and given a rousing reception by supporters.

United's fifth defeat of the season to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday had put Mourinho's position in peril once more.

But he got the slice of luck he needed when Paul Pogba's penalty was saved by England number one Jordan Pickford, but rolled kindly back into the Frenchman's path to slot home the opener.

The United fans still weren't happy with Pogba, though, as he received jeers for his laboured run-up to the spot-kick.

Pogba made some amends as it was from his pass Anthony Martial curled home a fine second four minutes into the second half.

However, another sloppy pass from Pogba helped get Everton back in the game as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot after Chris Smalling chopped down Richarlison.

 
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Fixtures
Tue 26 Jan 21 20:00 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
West Ham United
Selhurst Park
Tue 26 Jan 21 20:00 PM (SAST)
Newcastle United
Leeds United
St. James' Park
Tue 26 Jan 21 22:15 PM (SAST)
Southampton
Arsenal
St. Mary's Stadium
Results
Sat 23 Jan 21
Aston Villa 2
Newcastle United 0
Thu 21 Jan 21
Liverpool 0
Burnley 1
Wed 20 Jan 21
Fulham 1
Manchester United 2
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Manchester United
19
12
40
2. Manchester City
18
11
38
3. Leicester City
19
12
38
4. Liverpool
19
9
34