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Weekend Gist: Manchester United May Just Brace Up for a Relegation Battle

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Matthew Longstaff scored the only goal after benefitting from some atrocious defending of Manchester United.. The result lifts Newcastle United out of the relegation zone, while Manchester United remain 12th and already are prime contenders for a relegation dogfight.

The English Premiership returned on Saturday with some very surprising results. The London clubs in the big six except Tottenham posted impressive victories, while the two Manchester clubs lost their games, as Liverpool continued her valiant march to the title.

Sadio Mane’s 40th minute goal and a late penalty from “Mr reliable” James Milner either side of a James Maddison equalizer helped Liverpool claim all three points in a tight affair with an impressive Leicester City side.

The result leaves Liverpool with 24 points, 8 points clear of second placed Manchester City, while Leicester City drop to fourth with 15 points. Wolverhampton Wanderers stunned Manchester City at the Etihad with two unreplied goals.

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Former Barcelona academy student Adama Traoure scored both goals as Pep Guardiola suffered his first defeat at the Etihad for close to a year. City were made to rue missed chances early in the game as the tricky and pacy winger exploited swathes of space left behind by City as they poured forward for a decisive goal.

More misery was piled on Mauricio Pocchentino and Tottenham as they fell 3-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex stadium. Skipper and Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris continued his poor form as he left the field with an injured elbow after being at fault for one of the goals.

The result sums up a bad week for Spurs who were battered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the UCL. David Luiz opened his account for Arsenal as they defeated Bournemouth 1-0 at the Emirates to move into third position. Record signing Nicholas Pepe struggled again as he tries to score his first Arsenal goal from open play.

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Chelsea young guns taught a team from the red side of Manchester a lesson in rebuilding as they walloped Southampton 4-1 at Saint Marys’. Goals from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ngolo Kante and Mitchy “Batman Batshuayi” sealed the victory for the Blues.

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This victory moves Chelsea into fifth on the log level on points with fourth placed Leicester, but a point adrift of third placed Arsenal. Crystal Palace’s dream start to the season continued with a last gasp winner from Jordan Ayew consigning impressive West Ham United to another defeat.

Aston Villa demolished Teemu Pukki’s Norwich City 5-0, with record signing Wesley notching a brace. Everton’s woes continued as they lost by a solitary goal to hard tackling Burnley. The defeat leaves Everton at seventeenth position only good enough to be in the relegation zone.

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Watford did not do their disastrous start to the season any good as they drew blanks with Sheffield United at the Hawthorns. In the last match of the week, a listless, soulless and gutless performance from an underwhelming Manchester United team resulted in a well deserved 1-0 victory for Newcastle United at Saint James Park.

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