Lukaku extends hot streak as United keep noses in front
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.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the fourth goal in the 4-0 rout of Crystlal Palace at Old Trafford yesterday.