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Lively United eases past Brighton

Manchester United climbed back into the top half of the English Premier League table yesterday, as goals from Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford and an own goal from Davy Propper gave the side a 3-1 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

United climbed to seventh place on 16 points from 12 games after stretching its unbeaten home run against the Seagulls to 12 matches in all competitions. Brighton slipped to 11th place on 15 points.

Pereira fired United ahead in the 17th minute with a fortuitous goal, as his shot from inside the penalty area took a heavy deflection off Dale Stephens and left Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan stranded.

Propper then bundled the ball into his own net two minutes later as an inswinging free kick from Fred caused havoc in Brighton’s six-yard box. The goal was awarded after a VAR check.

Lewis Dunk pulled one back for Brighton in the 64th minute with a close-range header, but Rashford restored United’s two-goal advantage two minutes later when he blasted a shot from 12 meters in off the underside of the bar.

In day’s other early game, Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Midlands derby with goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez taking them into the top eight.

It was a difficult afternoon for Villa from the moment it lost goalkeeper Jed Steer to injury after only five minutes.

Wolves dominated and the only surprise was it took them until nearly halftime to go ahead, Neves giving replacement ‘keeper Orjan Nyland no chance with a thumping drive.

Another injury for Villa led to left back Matt Targett being replaced before the interval but the visitors showed plenty of endeavor after the break to stay in the game.

Villa even threatened to equalize on the odd occasions but Wolves effectively sealed the points when Jimenez, guilty of wasting some chances, fired into the corner after good work by the dangerous Adama Traore.

There was some consolation for Villa when Trezeguet halved the deficit in stoppage time but it was too late.

Wolves’s first EPL win over Villa for eight years lifted them to 16 points from 12 games while Villa remains fourth from bottom with 11 points.

Leader Liverpool was taking on fourth-place Manchester City at Anfield later yesterday.

On Saturday, Leicester City rose to second by beating Arsenal 2-0, five points off Liverpool, and with a nine-point cushion to the fifth spot.

The defeat deepened the gloom at Arsenal, where Unai Emery is dealing with a five-game winless run as well as the now former captain Granit Xhaka’s rift with fans.

Chelsea is third, level on points with Leicester, after winning its sixth league game in a row — a 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace. Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Sheffield United.

Everton traveled to struggling Southampton on the verge of the relegation zone but eased the pressure with a 2-1 win.

Everton now enjoys a six-point cushion over 18th-place Watford, while Southampton is 19th and winless in its last seven league games.




 

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