Manchester United edge out Liverpool in Old Trafford FA Cup thriller

This clash lived up to is billing as heavyweight scrap at Old Trafford with both sides showing their class in front of goal.

Neither side were able to create much in a frantic opening 20 minutes before a touch of inspiration from Mo Salah edged Liverpool ahead.

Roberto Firmino’s pass caught the United back line square and the Egyptian star kept his head to clip past Dean Henderson.

But Solskjaer’s side were not to be set back by that as rising star Mason Greenwood immediately levelled things up.

Marcus Rashford’s lofted pass escaped James Milner’s lunging header and Greenwood lashed past Alisson.

That high octane end to the first half set the tone after the break as Greenwood and Rashford swapped roles to put United in front.

Greenwood’s whipped pass forced an error from Rhys Williams on the counter and Rashford raced on to fire home.

But again the pendulum was to swing in the final 30 as the alert Salah reacted quickest to Milner loose to fire the Reds back level.

And just as the game looked destined for a manic final period both managers turned to their benches to tip the balance and it was Solskjaer that found the answer.

Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes has already established himself as a fans favourite at Old Trafford and it was his brilliant free kick that swerved United in Round Five.

Full Time on a dramatic afternoon at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 3 Liverpool 2

Tottenham cruise to 3-0 Premier League win over Leeds United

Spurs ended 2020 on a bum note, with just one win in December, but the timely return to form his key pair means Spurs are now back in business.

It was Marcelo Bielsa’s side that edged out the opening stages as Ezgjan Alioski smashed just wide and Mateusz Klich scooped over the bar.

But with the visitors unable to find that all important breakthrough Spurs took full advantage on the half hour.

Alioski’s clumsy challenge on Steven Bergwijn was judged to be just inside the box and Kane confidently tucked home his tenth of the season from the spot.

That goal released a pressure valve for Spurs before the break as Bergwijn skewed wide and Son netted his 100th Tottenham goal.

Again it was to be the Son-Kane combo that did the trick for Spurs as Kane’s low cross was buried by the South Korean.

Leeds started the second half with the same force as they did the first, but again their lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them, as Toby Alderweireld made it 3-0.

Son’s corner caused problems for Illan Meslier and Alderweireld’s flicked header squeezed past him.

That goal took any sting out of Leeds in the final 30, with Meslier thwarting Bergwijn and Kane to keep the score down.

Spurs’ afternoon was dented late on as Matt Doherty was sent off for a second booking but the three points are all that matters to Jose.

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 3 Leeds United 0

Fulham secure shock 1-1 draw with Liverpool

The visitors struggled to click into top gear at Craven Cottage as Scott Parker’s team clinched a deserved point.

Fulham flew out of the blocks at the cottage with the returning Alisson forced into early action to save from Ivan Cavaleiro and Ademola Lookman.

And despite being denied a penalty after Fabinho tangled with Cavaleiro, Parker’s side were not to be denied as Bobby Reid fired them ahead.

Liverpool had three bites at the cherry to clear a corner and Lookman calmly rolled in Reid to smash past Alisson.

The Reds only manage to rouse themselves in patches before the break as Sadio Mane headed their best chance over the top.

The expected Liverpool reaction never really materialised after the restart as Mo Salah’s long-range effort was stopped by Alphonse Areola.

Klopp’s team did inevitably carry the bigger threat at Fulham began to bed in for the final 20 minutes, with Jordan Henderson missing an excellent chance.

Roberto Firmino’s cute pass freed the Reds skipper behind the Fulham defence but Areola was on him in a flash to make a block.

But with pressure creeping up and up, Klopp’s visitors grabbed their chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

Aboubakar Kamara handled Gini Wijnaldum’s free kick inside the box and Salah kept his nerve to hammer home.

Curtis Jones also set up a dramatic come back in the closing minutes but Areola stood firm to secure an unexpected point for Fulham.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 1 Liverpool 1

Crystal Palace clinch late 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham

Despite leading for the majority of the game in South London, thanks to Harry Kane’s early goal, they were punished late on as Jeff Schlupp snatched a point for Palace.

Both teams looked bright and breezy in the early stages as Hugo Lloris denied Wilf Zaha and Vicente Guaita sprang into to life to save from Tanguy Ndombele.

But with no real early pattern forming in the opening half hour a thunderbolt from Kane brought the contest into life.

Son slipped him into space around 30 yards from goal and with Guaita slightly out of position Kane opened up his body and smashed one beyond him.

That goal allowed Spurs’ first half confidence to soar before the break with Guaita called into action to make a double stop from Steven Bergwijn and Ndombele.

Tottenham set their stall out to preserve that one goal advantage after the break as Palace battled hard to squeeze out a breakthrough.

Roy Hodgson’s team did look to up the tempo late on as Lloris denied Zaha and Christian Benteke, before Schlupp eventually forced home that all important equaliser.

Eberechi Eze’s whipped free kick was fumbled by the normally unflappable Lloris and Schlupp prodded into the empty net.

Spurs did almost flip the game back on its head in added time but Guaita came to Palace’s rescue with a cat like stop from Kane.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham 1

Premier League Preview: Fulham v Liverpool

Klopp is still battling against an injury crisis at Anfield with seven first team players still sidelined through injury.

Goalkeeper Alisson has returned to training this week but with Caoimhin Kelleher performing excellently in his absence, Klopp may stick with the Irishman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be in line for his first appearance this season but Diogo Jota as Kostas Tsimikas are set to miss out.

Fulham boss Scott Parker has reported a clean bill of health ahead of this weekend with key defender Kenny Tete fit to return.

And with the Cottagers likely to be on the back foot for the majority of the game, Parker could look to draft in some extra defensive numbers, with Mario Lemina, Tim Ream and Tom Cairney coming back in.

Kick Off is 4.30pm on Sunday at Craven Cottage

Tottenham cruise to 2-0 derby win over Arsenal

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min continued their excellent start to the season with a goal apiece as Mourinho ensured North London bragging rights in front of 2,00 returning fans.

Neither side created much in a busy opening quarter of hour but a moment of Son inspired magic eased Spurs into a 1-0 lead.

The hosts instantly turned over an Arsenal counter attack on half way and Kane’s reverse ball sent Son clear to bend a super effort past Bernd Leno.

A shell shocked Arsenal were unable to muster a response to Son’s stunner as Spurs kept them at arms length before Kane doubled their lead just before the break.

Son swapped places with the England skipper this time as his neat pass cut the Arsenal defence in half and Kane slammed home.

Mikel Arteta’s side did look to force their way back in after the break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed over and Hugo Lloris denied Alexandre Lacazette with an instinctive stop.

However, with two goals and three points already in the bag Mourinho was only to happy to run down the clock and continue his brilliant

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0

Brighton fightback to secure 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool

Graham Potter’s side looked to be heading for defeat in the closing stages before Pascal Gross tucked home a 93rd minute spot kick.

Jurgen Klopp was left incensed by the decision at full time, but in truth, his side struggled to close the game out on the south coast.

The Seagulls were the better side in the opening half hour, with Aaron Connolly wasting a golden opportunity to put them in front.

However, the Irishman made amends on 22 minutes, as his industry inside the box won a penalty from Neco Williams.

But despite being handed another perfect chance to take the lead, Neil Maupay failed to test Alisson, as his poor penalty flew past the post.

Liverpool did shake themselves into life after the break, as Diogo Jota netted his ninth Reds goal to edge them ahead on the hour.

Mo Salah slipped him in on the edge of the box and the former Wolves man slalomed past two Brighton challenges and fired past Mat Ryan.

The game turned scrappy in the final quarter of an hour and with Liverpool unable to find a second, Brighton snatched a late point.

Andrew Robertson appeared to clip Danny Welbeck inside the area and Gross kept his cool to smash home.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Liverpool 1

Liverpool cruise past Leicester City with 3-0 Anfield Premier League win

Jurgen Klopp’s faced the Foxes without a host of first team stars, with goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, plus a Jonny Evans own goal, secured a vital win.

The Reds just about edged a tight opening at Anfield, as Jota and Curtis Jones forced early stops from Kasper Schmeichel.

But despite all of the attacking talent on display for Klopp, Liverpool’s opener came via a bizarre own goal.

Jordan Henderson’s corner caused problems in the Foxes box and the unfortunate Evans could nothing to stop the ball ricocheting off him an into the net.

That slice of luck boosted Liverpool’s confidence before the break, as Jota extended their lead on 42 minutes.

The Portuguese international has enjoyed a brilliant start to life at Anfield and he flicked home a perfect header from Andy Robertson’s cross.

Leicester did look to rally after the break, as Brendan Rodgers’ side cranked up the pressure, with Alisson making vital saves from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes.

But Liverpool always look as though they had another gear to move up into, and Firmino wrapped up all three points for Klopp as he powered home James Milner’s corner.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 3 Leicester City 0

Jose Mourinho masterclass seals 2-0 Tottenham Premier League win over Manchester CIty

Goals from the on-fire Son Heung-min and substitute Giovani Lo Celso were enough to seal all three points for Spurs, as City lost on the road for the first time since July.

On a night of very few clear chances in North London, it was City’s lax defending that gifted their hosts the opener after five minutes.

Tanguy Ndombele’s clipped pass caught Guardiola’s back four way out of position and Son calmly and clinically tucked past Ederson.

City did look to muster up a quick reaction to Son’s goal, but their tame response amounted to an easy stop for Hugo Lloris from Rodri’s header.

The visitors did get the ball in net on the half hour mark though, as Aymeric Laporte nodded home Gabriel Jesus’ cross.

But VAR chalked off his effort after a blatant handball by the Brazilian.

Guardiola’s side continued to pose the bulk of the threat after the restart, with Jesus testing Lloris and Kevin De Bruyne firing just wide.

But with an inefficient City being smothered out of the game, Mourinho’ plan worked perfectly, as Lo Celso made it 2-0.

The Argentinian had been on the pitch less than a minute as he latched on to Harry Kane’s through ball, but he showed no
rustiness to fire past Ederson.

That strike effectively ended this as a contest as Mourinho’s Spurs continued their case as Premier League title challengers.

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 2 Manchester City 0

Manchester City and Liverpool battle out 1-1 Premier League draw

Both sides showed plenty of desire to win this game, and based on the balance of chances, its likely to be City that will feel this was a missed opportunity.

The two teams showed plenty of hustle and bustle in the opening stages but a clinical edge was missing at both ends.

Klopp’s side just about edged the first 10 minutes and they were handed a deserved lead through star man Mo Salah.

Kyle Walker clumsily brought down Sadio Mane inside the box and the Egyptian kept his cool to tuck past Ederson from the spot.

City did look to impose themselves more and more following that setback as Raheem Sterling tested Alisson and Kevin De Bruyne began to pull the strings in midfield.

And that increase in City pressure was exactly what the hosts needed as Gabriel Jesus powered them level on the half hour.

De Bruyne fed the Brazilian inside the box and he cleverly spun away from Trent Alexander-Arnold and prodded past Alisson.

And with their tails up from City were awarded a controversial spot kick just before the break.

De Bruyne’s cross caught Joe Gomez on the arm and after consulting VAR, Craig Pawson pointed to the
spot.

The Belgian will have backed himself to give City a vital lead from 12 yards, but despite sending the Alisson the wrong way, his effort thudded back off the post.

The game continued at breakneck speed after the restart as Diogo Jota forced a stop from Ederson and Jesus nodded a brilliant chance wide.

But after such a hectic opening hour in Manchester, both sides began to run out of steam in the closing stages but Pep is likely to see this as two vital points dropped.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1

Liverpool seal late 2-1 Premier League Anfield win over West Ham

Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled for large parts against the Hammers but on form Diogo Jota’s late goal secured a crucial three points.

David Moyes’ side started slowly at Anfield but the visitors were gifted an opening goal inside the first ten minutes.

Joe Gomez made a complete mess of Arthur Masuaku’s cross into the box and Pablo Fornals reacted quickly to lash an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool did look to launch a response before the break with Trent Alexander-Arnold almost catching out Lukasz Fabianksi and Andy Robertson firing over.

But just as West Ham were gifted an opening goal, Liverpool were given a massive helping hand for their equaliser just before the break.

Masuaku tangled with Mo Salah inside the box and despite any contact appearing minimal, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot, and the Egyptian tucked home.

The Reds looked to take up the initiative after the break as Klopp threw on Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Those changes tipped the balance for hosts as Jota bravely converted Sadio Mane’s saved shot.

But Friend was to frustrate Liverpool this time as he ruled it out for offside against Mane.

However, Jota was not to be denied another goal in his impressive start to life at Liverpool as gambled on Shaqiri’s clever chip to fire home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 West Ham 1

Liverpool fight back to secure 2-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

A first half penalty from Sander Berge gave the Blades a fighting chance at Anfield but goals either side of the break from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota secured all three points for the Reds.

Liverpool looked to overpower Chris Wilder’s side right from the off on Merseyside as John Egan cleared Sadio Mane’s effort off the line inside 60 seconds.

But despite struggling to live with Liverpool early on the visitors were handed a perfect opportunity after ten minutes.

Oli McBurnie was caught by Fabinho just inside the box and after a quick VAR check Berge calmly tucked home from the spot.

That goal injected some life into the Blades as McBurnie forced a smart stop from Alisson and Berge fired just wide.

But just as United were second best from kick off, Liverpool produced an equaliser out of nothing just before the break.

Aaron Ramsdale reacted brilliantly to keep out a header from Mane but Firmino stayed alive to cushion the rebound.

The Blades picked up the initiative after the break and Alisson was called into to beat out Oli Burke’s drive.

However, with United unable to turn their pressure into goals, Liverpool showed the clinical style of champions as Jota netted his first Premier League goal for the club.

Mane did brilliantly out wide to twist and turn and stand up a cross into the box with Jota arrived right on cue to power a header past Ramsdale.

United were forced to go for broke in the closing minutes as substitute David McGoldrick fired over the top before Salah wasted a golden chance to make it three.

Full time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 Sheffield United 1