Lukaku ex­tends hot streak as United keep noses in front

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - JIM van WIJK

MANCH­ESTER United swept past Crys­tal Palace 4-0 at Old Traf­ford to leave the Ea­gles with­out a point or goal from seven Pre­mier League matches this season. United took the lead after just four min­utes when Mar­cus Rash­ford darted into the penalty box and picked out Juan Mata. Marouane Fel­laini made it 2-0 in the 35th minute when he con­verted Ash­ley Young’s cross at the far post.

The Bel­gian added a third four min­utes after the restart with a close-range header and it was 4-0 with five min­utes left when his com­pa­triot Romelu Lukaku tapped in — he has now scored seven goals in his seven league games for United.

United move on to 19 points from seven games with the win while Palace, trashed 5-0 at Manch­ester City last week­end, re­main rooted to the foot of the table and next host cham­pi­ons Chelsea.

In the lunchtime kick-off, in-form Eng­land for­ward Harry Kane scored twice as Tot­ten­ham ran out com­fort­able 4-0 win­ners at Hud­der­s­field.

The 24-year-old — who bagged a hat­trick in the mid­week Cham­pi­ons League win over Apoel Ni­cosia — opened the scor­ing after nine min­utes with a fine fin­ish fol­low­ing a counter-at­tack, be­fore Ben Davies added a sec­ond soon after with a deft touch over the goal­keeper.

Kane made it 3-0 in the 24th minute when he curled in a 20-yard left-foot ef­fort, with sub­sti­tute Moussa Sis­soko knock­ing home a late fourth.

Stoke beat Southamp­ton 2-1 with a late goal from sub­sti­tute Peter Crouch at the bet365 Sta­dium. Mame Bi­ram Diouf headed the Pot­ters in front after 40 min­utes but Stoke squan­dered the chance to dou­ble their lead be­fore half­time when Saido Ber­ahino’s penalty was saved by Fraser Forster.

Southamp­ton looked set to make

Stoke pay for that when they lev­elled with 15 min­utes left through de­fender Maya Yoshida, who volleyed in from six yards. Crouch, though, se­cured all three points when he stabbed the ball home from close range fol­low­ing a goal­mouth scram­ble in the 85th minute.

Wat­ford fought back from two goals down against West Brom at The Hawthorns with a header from Brazil­ian Richarli­son earn­ing the Hor­nets a 2-2 draw deep into stop­page time. The Bag­gies had ear­lier struck twice in the space of three first-half min­utes.

Venezue­lan for­ward Salomon Ron­don broke the dead­lock after 18 min­utes, with cap­tain Jonny Evans swiftly bundling in a sec­ond.

Wat­ford, though, re­duced the deficit in the 37 th minute through Ab­doulaye Doucoure and snatched a dra­matic equaliser when Richarli­son nod­ded in from a free-kick in the fifth minute of added time.

Di­afra Sakho’s late goal gave West Ham a 1-0 win over Swansea at the London Sta­dium. After a low-key en­counter, the Sene­gal for­ward de­cided mat­ters with 90 min­utes on the clock when he slot­ted the ball in at the far post.

Bournemouth and Le­ices­ter played out a goal­less draw at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium. Cher­ries striker Jer­main De­foe saw an early ef­fort hit the wood­work, with Ja­pan in­ter­na­tional Shinji Okazaki putting a good chance for the Foxes wide at the start of the sec­ond half.

Photo: Paul El­lis

Manch­ester United striker Romelu Lukaku cel­e­brates scor­ing the fourth goal in the 4-0 rout of Cryst­lal Palace at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day.

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