Miguel Almiron scored in 20 seconds as Newcastle returned from their coronavirus hiatus to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1, whereas under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready for an important derby towards Manchester City on Saturday. Playing for the primary time since their match towards Aston Villa was postponed resulting from a Covid-19 outbreak of their squad, Newcastle took lower than a minute to seize the lead when Almiron swept his shot previous West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone. West Brom drew degree 5 minutes into the second half at St James’ Park.
Matt Phillips delivered a low cross which was met by defender Darnell Furlong, who lashed an unstoppable low shot previous Karl Darlow.
Newcastle clinched the factors within the 82nd minute when Dwight Gayle met an excellent cross by fellow substitute Jacob Murphy to move previous Johnstone.
Newcastle’s second successive victory lifted the gloom from their virus points, however struggling West Brom keep second backside.
Anwar El Ghazi’s last-gasp penalty fired 10-man Aston Villa to a dramatic 1-Zero win towards Wolves.
Villa had Douglas Luiz despatched off within the last minutes for 2 bookings after the Brazilian midfielder caught Daniel Podence with an elbow.
But Nelson Semedo’s stoppage-time foul on John McGinn triggered El Ghazi’s penalty earlier than Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho was dismissed for a second yellow card simply moments from full-time in a fractious native derby.
After two successive defeats, Villa will hope they’re again on observe with simply their second win in six video games.
Villa have gained 4 of their 5 away league matches this season, whereas mid-table Wolves have just one win of their final 5 video games.
– United decline –
Later, Solskjaer’s United will look to bounce again from their Champions League exit in midweek.
Following a run of 4 straight league wins, the Red Devils can declare to be within the hunt for a primary league title since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 despatched them into decline.
But the helter-skelter nature of a few of these victories, allied to the shoddy defending that led to a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig in midweek, means the strain is as soon as once more on Solskjaer.
A fourth defeat in six Premier League video games at Old Trafford this season may see United end the weekend eight factors off the leaders, albeit with a sport in hand.
City are a degree behind United, in seventh, however Pep Guardiola’s males seem like coming into type after recording back-to-back league wins for the primary time this season.
In stark distinction to United’s Champions League woes, City’s serene progress into the last-16, with two video games to spare, allowed Guardiola to go away Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus in reserve for the derby.
In Saturday’s final match, third positioned Chelsea journey to Everton understanding a win would take them above leaders Tottenham to the highest o the desk.
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