Premier League wrap: Manchester United thrash Bournemouth, N’Golo Kante the hero for Chelsea

 foxsports.com.au  12/30/2018 21:08:49  2

Meanwhile, United’s local rivals City got its faltering Premier League title defence back on track with a hard-fought win over Southampton.

Here’s a wrap of all the Premier League action!

Round 9
City, United pile on goals

City, United pile on goals

3:04

MANCHESTER UNITED 4-1 BOURNEMOUTH

Paul Pogba scored another two goals and added an assist as Manchester United continued its resurgence under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a free-flowing 4-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Pogba, who had been relegated to the bench during the final weeks of Jose Mourinho’s reign after falling out with the Portuguese manager, put United 2-0 up after 33 minutes before Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku added a goal apiece at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are still in sixth place on the table, but their form suggests they won’t be staying there for much longer.

MATCH REPORT: THREE AND EASY FOR SOLSKJAER AS POGBA STARS AGAIN IN UNITED WIN

Man U continue win streak

Man U continue win streak

1:29

CRYSTAL PALACE 0-1 CHELSEA

N’Golo Kante’s second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday to strengthen its grip on fourth place in the Premier League. After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top from David Luiz in the 51st minute, chested it down with his first touch and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with his second.

Olivier Giroud also had two well-taken strikes questionably ruled out for off-side - one in each half - while Willian and Ross Barkley both hit the post for Chelsea.

MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA TIGHTEN HOLD ON TOP-FOUR SPOT WITH HARD-FOUGHT PALACE VICTORY

Chelsea brakes deadlock

Chelsea brakes deadlock

1:29

SOUTHAMPTON 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY

Reigning champions Manchester City revived their bid to retain the Premier League trophy with a 3-1 win away to Southampton that followed shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester.

David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they then squandered several chances and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg a 37th-minute equaliser.

But the uncertainty that crept into City’s play was ended by a James Ward-Prowse own goal and a Sergio Aguero header just before halftime that left City 3-1 up.

Saints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.

MATCH REPORT: CITY SNAP LOSING STREAK WITH GRITTY 3-1 WIN OVER SOUTHAMPTON

City remain in title race

City remain in title race

1:27

BURNLEY 2-0 WEST HAM

Burnley ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday to boost its hopes of climbing out of the relegation zone.

Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil scored in the first half against a surprisingly toothless West Ham side, giving Burnley only its second win since September 30.

Sean Dyche’s side remained in 18th place, but now only trails Southampton on goal difference and is just four points from 14th in a tight bottom third of the table.

Burnley's Dwight McNeil celebrates scoring his side's second goal.
Burnley's Dwight McNeil celebrates scoring his side's second goal.Source: AP
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