Premier League Review – Matchday 22 of 38 – 16/01/2019
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Manchester United continued their brilliant run under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning their seventh game on the trot by edging past Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in a titanic clash at the Wembley stadium.
The Red Devils hung on to a brilliant 44th minute goal by Marcus Rashford and they have goalkeeper David de Gea to thank for not going down by a couple of certain goals in the second half.
Spurs forwards Harry Kane, Del Alli and Son Heung-min all came close to scoring but were thwarted by some superb goalkeeping by De Gea.
The Red Devils, too, played some of their best football in a long time with once beleaguered folks like Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial casting a huge influence on the proceedings.
For Tottenham, it was a step backward as they are now 7 points behind table-toppers Liverpool after Sunday's home defeat, their title hopes diminishing further as a result. The Red Devils are now on equal points with Arsenal (41) but are a place behind in the 5th owing to an inferior goal average.
Meanwhile Arsenal's poor away games performances have come to haunt them back again as they lost to West Ham United 0-1 at the London Stadium. Saturday's defeat to the Hammers is the Gunners' third from their last six outings much to the benefit of Manuel Pellegrini's men who have now inched up to the 9th spot of the EPL table, accruing 31 points in the bargain.
Manchester City maintained their position behind Liverpool, still four points behind the League toppers – this despite a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad on Monday night. Liverpool somehow staved off a draw against a determined Brighton & Hove when Mohammmad Salah broke the deadlock with a 50th minute penalty conversion and help earn his side three valuable points.
Leicester City slipped a place below to the 8th spot, losing needlessly to bottom-half side Southampton 1-2 at the King Power stadium. A well-fought out draw with Chelsea prior to the win at Leicester haven't exactly helped the Saints' cause as they are still struggling at the 16th spot. With only 19 points mustered from their 22 games, Ralph Hasenhuttl's men are only a point away from relegation zone.
Chelsea have ensured their place in the Top Four for some time at least by beating Rafael Benitez's Newcastle 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Maurizio Sarri's Blues edged to within a point of 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspur's 48 after their win over the Magpies.
Meanwhile Javi Gracia's Watford moved a notch upward to the 7th when they overcame Crystal Palace 1-2 with an impressive display away at the Selhurst Park. Everton, too, moved into the Top Ten with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, taking their points tally to 30, one more than 11th placed Wolves.
Newcastle, Fulham and Huddersfield Town still find themselves in relegation territory in the 18th, 19th and 20th places respectively after a winless weekend.