Lukaku ends goal drought in stalemate, Man City extend lead at top


Lukaku ends goal drought in stalemate, Man City extend lead at top
Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Manchester United - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - December 1, 2018 Manchester United's Paul Pogba shoots at goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

In Summary

  • Romelu Lukaku ended a run of 78 days without scoring for Manchester United when he helped his side to salvage a 2-2 draw at Southampton after they had fallen behind to two excellent strikes in the Premier League on Saturday.
  • United’s rivals Manchester City overcame a spirited Bournemouth side 3-1 to maintain their unbeaten streak and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.
  • Crystal Palace beat Burnley 2-0 to end a run of eight matches without a win and there were victories for Leicester City, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Romelu Lukaku ended a run of 78 days without scoring for Manchester United when he helped his side to salvage a 2-2 draw at Southampton after they had fallen behind to two excellent strikes in the Premier League on Saturday.

United’s rivals Manchester City overcame a spirited Bournemouth side 3-1 to maintain their unbeaten streak and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.

Crystal Palace beat Burnley 2-0 to end a run of eight matches without a win and there were victories for Leicester City, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

The only stalemate of the day came at St Mary’s Stadium where Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong fired an unstoppable shot past David de Gea after 13 minutes. The United goalkeeper was beaten again shortly after by a beautiful free kick by Cedric Soares which curled into the top corner.

If Saints fans were concerned about letting another two-goal lead slip like they did last week against Fulham, they were right to be worried as United quickly hit back through Lukaku who was set up by Marcus Rashford.

The goal was the Belgian’s first for his club in all competitions since the middle of September, a drought lasting 981 minutes.

Ander Herrera equalised before halftime to bring United fully back into the contest but the match ended in a draw, in a result that will not please either manager much.

Jose Mourinho’s side are now 16 points behind leaders City who were without Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez at the Etihad but took the lead against Bournemouth after 16 minutes when Bernardo Silva fired in.

The visitors went into halftime level, however, thanks to a header from in-form England striker Callum Wilson.

Their hopes of producing a stunning upset were dashed as the champions struck back through Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Guendogan and City moved clear of second-placed Liverpool ahead of their derby match against Everton on Sunday.

Huddersfield Town looked set to continue their recent upturn in form by scoring after 58 seconds at home to Brighton, Mathias Jorgensen heading in the fastest goal of the Premier League season.

However, the hosts were reduced to 10 men after half an hour when Steve Mounie was sent off for a high challenge and Brighton took full advantage with goals by Shane Duffy and Florin Andone.

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