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Premier League: Manchester United booed after draw, Tottenham end Chelsea's unbeaten run

Manchester United players were booed off the field at Old Trafford after their 0-0 draw vs Crystal Palace while Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 3-1 to end their unbeaten run in Premier League.

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New Delhi Published on: November 25, 2018 8:57 IST
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Manchester United slipped to No.7 in the Premier League table after their draw vs Crystal Palace.

Manchester United stuttered to 0-0 at home against struggling Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's disjointed side fell further behind the leading pack.

Boos greeted the final whistle at Old Trafford, such was the home side's listless performance against a side without a league win for 10 weeks.

Mourinho accused some of his players of lacking "heart."

"Not enough intensity, not enough desire," he said. "So, I think we played a game like 'One more game,' and I don't think the game is 'One more game.' I think it is a game we really need to win."

United was 14 points behind first-place Manchester City and, perhaps more worryingly, let pass a great chance to reduce the gap to the top four.

"My feeling is that there was not enough from the heart," Mourinho added. "You must play with brain, we must play also with heart, and I think (there was) not enough heart."

Palace threatened to leave the stadium with all three points for the first time since 1989, but had to make do with a point as United failed to get the win it desperately needed to kickstart its campaign.

Wilfried Zaha tormented United, his former club, and Cheikhou Kouyate had a goal ruled out for offside on an afternoon when Patrick Van Aanholt and Andros Townsend wasted glorious chances for Palace.

Chris Smalling missed his own gilt-edged chance and Romelu Lukaku saw a goal disallowed for offside, but it was not a performance that satisfied the Old Trafford fans. Paul Pogba's substitution was greeted warmly and groans turned to loud jeers at fulltime.

"It was a really good performance and at least we got something from the game," Palace manager Roy Hodgson said. "On another day, if fate had been a bit kinder to us and if we had been a bit more clinical around the box, especially with those two very big chances we created, we could even have won it."

TOTTENHAM 3 - 1 CHELSEA

Tottenham inflicted Chelsea's first loss in the English Premier League with a rampant performance in a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium.

Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham, which jumped above its London rival in the standings into third place.

The sight of Chelsea holding midfielder Jorginho clutching at thin air as Son outpaced him to score Spurs' third goal in the 54th minute -- and his 50th goal for the club -- was a fitting image, with Tottenham quicker to everything in an unexpectedly one-sided derby.

Chelsea, which scored a late consolation through substitute Olivier Giroud, came into the game as one of three undefeated teams in the top flight, along with Manchester City and Liverpool.

On a day when the top two enjoyed big away wins, Chelsea dropped seven points behind first-place City as frailties in Maurizio Sarri's side were exposed, especially in defense.

"The scoreline should have been a lot more with the chances we had," said Alli, who was probably referring to Kane lifting a shot over the crossbar from close range when the score was 3-0.

Tottenham has been scraping wins of late, mostly by a one-goal margin, but Mauricio Pochettino's team looked a different side with the attacking-midfield trio of Christian Eriksen, Alli and Son positioned behind Kane.

Eriksen swung in the free kick that was headed in by Alli in the eighth minute and Kane doubled the lead in the 16th from outside the area, with Chelsea defender David Luiz turning his back as the England striker took aim.

Son's goal came when he was set free down the right by Alli's curling pass. The South Korea forward cut inside past Jorginho and drove a low shot into the corner.

It was a 10th win in 13 games for Tottenham, which is five points off City.

WATFORD 0 - 3 LIVERPOOL 

Roberto Firmino ended his English Premier League goal drought and Mohamed Salah also scored as 10-man Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start by winning at Watford 3-0.

Firmino headed in a late third for Liverpool at Vicarage Road, for his first top-flight goal since Sept. 15.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's brilliant free kick made it 2-0 after Salah opened the scoring -- with his sixth goal in his last seven club games -- in the 67th minute from Sadio Mane's cross.

Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson for next weekend's Merseyside derby with Everton, however, after the midfielder was sent off for two bookings -- the second one coming just after he'd been warned by the referee.

Hard-working Watford will feel aggrieved after referee Jon Moss rejected its penalty claims when Andy Robertson appeared to trip Will Hughes in the second half, when the score was 0-0.

It was far from a vintage Liverpool performance but it remained unbeaten in 13 games and two points behind league leader Manchester City.

WEST HAM 0 - 4 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City wingers Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling produced dazzling displays in a 4-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League as the leaders picked up where they left off before the international break.

Sterling's deflected cross fell into the path of David Silva to turn in the opener in the 11th, and the winger tapped in at the far post from Sane's low center to make it 2-0 in the 20th.

Sterling turned provider again for the best goal of the game, cushioning a volley across the box for Sane, who controlled the ball, span a defender and tucked home a finish from close range in the 34th.

Sane then drove in a powerful finish from substitute Gabriel Jesus' cross in the third minute of injury time at the Olympic Stadium.

The win kept City top by two points and took its average goal-per-game tally in the league this season to above three. It came at the expense of a team managed by Manuel Pellegrini, the coach who was replaced at City by Pep Guardiola in 2016.

City had periods of attacking brilliance under Pellegrini, particularly in the first of his three seasons in charge, but it is relentless under Guardiola.

Sterling, in particular, has been reinvented under the Spanish coach and has now scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, to follow on from his 18 from last season.

This could also be a period where Sane blossoms, now that left back Benjamin Mendy is out for up to three months because of a knee injury sustained in the 3-1 win over Manchester United before the international break. That should mean Sane gets more starts as the player offering genuine width on the left and the quality of his goals will have impressed Guardiola.

City didn't have to really hit top form, three days before it heads to Lyon looking for a win to clinch a place in the Champions League knockout stage.

EVERTON 1 - 0 CARDIFF CITY

Everton climbed above Manchester United to sixth place in the Premier League after beating Cardiff 1-0 at Goodison Park.

The Welsh visitors made life difficult for the Toffees but Marco Silva's team ultimately deserved the win given to them by Gylfi Sigurdsson's 59th-minute goal, securing a fourth consecutive home success.

Theo Walcott broke into the box on the right and saw his shot saved by Neil Etheridge but the rebound was a tap-in for former Swansea midfielder Sigurdsson.

Silva stuck with the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea two weeks ago, meaning no place for Kurt Zouma, who was ineligible to face his parent club, while Neil Warnock recalled Harry Arter following suspension.

FULHAM 3 - 2 SOUTHAMPTON

A stirring fightback. A first win in nearly three months. An attacking partnership already clicking.

Welcome back to the English Premier League, Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian coach who masterminded the most improbable title triumph in English soccer, with little Leicester in 2016, is back in the Premier League as the new manager of Fulham and he made an immediate impact in his first game in charge.

Fulham beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday to climb off the bottom of the standings with only its second victory of the season, and its first since Aug. 26.

First, this victory. Next, the title?

Maybe not. Fulham won't be replicating Leicester's unlikely feat -- achieved at odds of 5,000-1 -- this season anyway, but his arrival has at least brought some optimism to a club owned by American billionaire Shad Khan, who also runs the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ranieri called for togetherness at Fulham when he was presented as coach last week and there were certainly early signs of that, with his players fighting back after going behind at Craven Cottage in the 18th minute and then getting pegged back to 2-2 early in the second half.

There is also the makings of an exciting combination up front, which Ranieri will hope rivals the one he produced at Leicester with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. Winger Ryan Sessegnon set up Aleksandar Mitrovic for the winner in the 63rd, the Serbia striker's second goal of the match.

Sessegnon, one of the most highly rated youngsters in the English game, also set up Andre Schuerrle for Fulham's other goal in possibly his best display of the season.

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