Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, lifting the Londoners above their opponents into fourth place in the Premier League and ending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten domestic run as United’s caretaker manager.
Goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earned the Gunners a victory that sent them into the Champions League places while pushing United back down to fifth.
It was United’s first league defeat since Dec. 16, Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge, and ended Solskjaer’s remarkable unbeaten start in the league as United’s manager.
The win lifted Arsenal to 60 points, just one point behind their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are third, and two points above United who slipped to fifth.
Two goals each for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane helped Liverpool to keep in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City with a 4-2 win over lowly Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.
Juergen Klopp’s side move to 73 points, one behind City, who beat Watford 3-1 on Saturday. Both teams have eight games remaining.
It was the visitors though, who took a surprise lead in the sixth minute, with Ashley Westwood scoring direct from a corner although Burnley’s James Tarkowski looked to have impeded Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker.
Tarkowski and Clarets keeper Tom Heaton got in each other’s way as they made a mess of a low cross from Mohamed Salah and Firmino was left with the simplest of tap-ins to equalise.
The tension having eased, Mane then put Liverpool ahead with a fine, curling finish after a poor clearance from Jeff Hendrick was blocked by Lallana.
Burnley started the second half well but the outcome was put beyond doubt in the 67th minute when Heaton poorly kicked straight to Salah, the Egyptian bursting into the area, and Charlie Taylor’s sliding tackle fell kindly to Firmino who made no mistake.
Substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson pulled back a goal in stoppage time for 17th-placed Burnley who remain two points above the relegation zone.
For a moment, with winger Dwight McNeil causing problems on Liverpool’s right with his dribbling and crosses, Burnley threatened an improbable comeback.
But after another cheap giveaway Mane added a fourth goal to make sure of the three points, rounding Heaton and slotting into the empty net.
An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday after Raul Jimenez had put the visitors ahead with one of their only two shots on goal.
Hazard smashed the ball past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute after constant pressure from the home side, who are bidding for a top-four place.
Southampton produced a stirring comeback to beat third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who failed to win for the fourth successive Premier League game.
Harry Kane’s 17th top-flight strike of the season put Spurs 1-0 ahead at St Mary’s before two goals in five second-half minutes by Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse earned Saints a fine win.
Spurs are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City with eight games remaining after the reigning champions beat Watford 3-1 in the evening game.
Despite Southampton’s battling win, the comeback of the day came at St James’ Park, where Newcastle trailed Everton 2-0 before winning 3-2.
Leading through Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford blatantly fouled Salomon Rondon after dropping the ball at the forward’s feet.
Referee Lee Mason awarded a penalty but did not send Pickford off – and the keeper atoned for his error by saving Matt Ritchie’s spot-kick.
Richarlison doubled the Toffees’ lead before Rondon reduced the deficit, Ayoze Perez scoring twice in three minutes to seal an incredible victory.
Huddersfield’s painful Premier League demise continued as Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson scored in front of England manager Gareth Southgate, who names his latest squad on Wednesday.
The Terriers are 16 points from safety with eight matches left – including games against Tottenham (away), Liverpool (away) and Manchester United (home).Ryan Fraser added the second in the Cherries’ 2-0 win.
Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy scored twice in Leicester City’s 3-1 win over Fulham – Brendan Rodgers’ first victory as Foxes boss.
Leicester took the lead through Youri Tielemans, only for Togo international Floyd Ayite to equalise before Vardy’s double.
The Cottagers are 13 points from safety with eight games left.
Cardiff remain in the relegation zone despite a 2-0 win over West Ham – goals by Junior Hoilett and Víctor Camarasa earning Neil Warnock’s side the points.
In the early game, Crystal Palace’s poor home form continued with a 2-1 defeat by fierce rivals Brighton at Selhurst Park.
Former Palace forward Glenn Murray, who was listed as a substitute on the teamsheet before Florin Andone was injured in the warm-up, put Brighton ahead – but Luka Milivojevic equalised from the penalty spot.
The Seagulls completed the league double over Palace for the first time since 1983-84 through Anthony Knockaert’s sublime finish. Palace have lost eight of their 15 home league games this season.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick for Manchester City as they brushed aside Watford to go four points clear at the top of the table, with Gerard Deulofeu netting for the Hornets, 17 seconds after coming on as a substitute.