Eric ten Hag deserves a lot of credit for putting Marcus Rashford back in his starting lineup for their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. The player wasted no time paying back his manager’s faith as he scored after just five minutes.
Rasmus Hojlund doubled United’s advantage but Pablo Sarabi got one back from the penalty spot. Scott McTominay extended the Red Devils’ advantage but goals from Max Kilman and Pedro Neto drew Wolves level. However, Kobbie Mainoo scored in the 97th minute to win the game 4-3 for United.
It was far from a perfect performance from ten Hag’s side but they are now seventh in the Premier League and just one point off West Ham United who they face this weekend.
Liverpool are giving Jurgen Klopp the send-off he deserves following his announcement that he will leave the club at the end of this season. In their first Premier League game since Klopp said he would be leaving, the Reds defeated Chelsea 4-1.
Diogo Jota, Conor Bradley, Dominik Szoboszlai and Luis Diaz all got on the scoresheet for Liverpool. Bradley was the man of the match for his first goal for the club and two assists during the game. Christopher Nkunku got Chelsea’s goal.
Klopp’s departure has galvanised the Liverpool crowd but they travel to Arsenal for a title decider this weekend.
Arsenal remain in the title race after beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground. Gabriel Jesus‘ shot beat the club’s former goalkeeper Matt Turner at his near post to give the Gunners the lead. Bukayo Saka then doubled their advantage but there was late drama as Taiwo Awoniyi got one back for Forest in the 89th minute.
Mikel Arteta‘s side held on to the victory, but Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko clashed in the game’s final stages. Arteta saw the positives in this as the players showed that they demand high standards from each other.
The Gunners are just five points off the league leaders Liverpool who they play this weekend.
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Kalvin Phillips endured a nightmare start to his time as a West Ham United player. The midfielder gifted Dominic Solanke a golden opportunity which he took full advantage of to give AFC Bournemouth the lead. However, James Ward-Prowse rescued a point for the Hammers from the penalty spot.
Newcastle United inflicted a 5-1 defeat on Aston Villa on the opening day of the season and the Magpies defeated the Unai Emery‘s side 3-1 this matchweek. Villa have had by far a better season and are currently fifth with Newcastle down in eighth place. However, Newcastle are becoming a bogey side for Villa.
The Premier League returns this weekend on Saturday, February 3.
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