Martial law as Man Utd stay in touch with City
Reid out for West Ham
Anthony Martial struck late against Tottenham to ensure Manchester United still have Manchester City within their sights at the top of the English Premier League.
Martial came off the bench to score the only goal of the game a yesterday, preventing third-placed Spurs from claiming what would have been a valiant point in the absence of leading scorer Harry Kane.
Having suffered their first league defeat of the season last weekend at Huddersfield, United remain five points behind City, who showed no sign of slowing down as they stayed unbeaten thanks to a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion.
It looked like the gap in the standings would be larger with 10 minutes left at Old Trafford, until Where is Winston Reid?
The All Whites captain was absent from West Ham United’s squad for their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace yesterday, a fortnight out from the intercontinental World Cup playoff series against Peru. Martial latched on to Romelu Lukaku’s flick on and calmly found the bottom corner.
Arsenal and Chelsea both won to move within a point of Tottenham, while Liverpool sit three points further back after bringing Huddersfield back to reality at Anfield with a 3-0 win.
United matchwinner Martial,
The New Zealand skipper’s sidelining could be a mixed blessing for All Whites coach Anthony Hudson. It reduces the risk of injury to the defensive lynchpin before the Peru series, but it also means he has missed some match practice. who has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player in the Premier League this season, scored for the fourth time in six appearances from the bench. He vies with Marcus Rashford for a start on the left flank.
Manchester City equalled the best ever start to a Premier League season after beating West Brom.
City have 28 points from their opening 10 games, matching their own performance under Roberto Mancini in 2011, and Chelsea in 2005. Both of those sides went on to win the title.
Goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling were enough to secure an eighth consecutive league victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Arsene Wenger was able to celebrate his 800th Premier League game in charge of Arsenal as the Gunners came from behind to defeat Swansea 2-1.
Sam Clucas’ calm finish gave Swansea a halftime lead but goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey ensured Wenger could celebrate the milestone, 10 games short of Alex Ferguson’s record.
Daniel Sturridge’s opener in Liverpool’s victory over Huddersfield was his 100th in club competition. The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker broke the deadlock after Mohamed Salah missed a first-half penalty.
Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum also scored as Jurgen Klopp’s side bounced back from last weekend’s humbling defeat at Tottenham.
Eden Hazard’s third goal in as many games proved decisive as Chelsea earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.
Wilfried Zaha scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to earn Crystal Palace a 2-2 draw against West Ham. Palace remain bottom, with only four points from their opening 10 games.
Elsewhere Darren Fletcher scored the only goal as Stoke recorded a much-needed victory at Watford.