Mar­tial law as Man Utd stay in touch with City

Reid out for West Ham

The Dominion Post - - Sport -

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.

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