Mohamed Salah continued his fine form against Southampton.
Mohamed Salah continued his fine form against Southampton.

New $90m man fails to inspire Man United

The transfer window is now officially shut and the overnight fixtures in the Premier League gave us a perfect opportunity to see what the clubs spend their money on throughout January.

Bruno Fernandes made his debut for Manchester United but failed to inspire an end to their topsy-turvy form, but Liverpool's record continued as they notched up a record-equalling home win with an emphatic win over Southampton.

 

LIVERPOOL 4-0 SOUTHAMPTON

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Southampton 4-0 to go 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League with their 20th straight home league victory.

Moments after an appeal for a Southampton penalty was rejected, Jurgen Klopp's side took a controversial lead through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's low shot just after half-time.

The league leaders then doubled their advantage on the hour through Jordan Henderson's close-range effort.

Henderson then teed up Salah to chip after Alisson's precise long pass, before Roberto Firmino's unselfish assist set up the Egypt forward for his second at the end.

The result puts Liverpool 22 points clear with second-placed Manchester City playing Tottenham on Sunday, and the 20th straight home league victory equals the record set by City.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 WOLVES

Manchester United are now three without a win in the Premier League as they drew 0-0 with Wolves in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes' debut was the only source of excitement at Old Trafford, with chances at a minimum for both sides, though David de Gea was forced into saves by Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez in either half.

United came closest through Juan Mata, who struck wide from the edge, while Rui Patricio saved from sub Mason Greenwood's double-deflected effort and Diogo Dalot headed inches wide in stoppage time.

But that's as good as it got for the hosts, who looked in desperate need of their upcoming winter break, having not scored in three Premier League games.

The result means sixth-place United missed the chance to close the gap on fourth-place Chelsea, which remains at six points, while Wolves are level on points, a place behind in seventh.

 

LEICESTER 2-2 CHELSEA

Henderson then teed up Salah to chip after Alisson's precise long pass, before Roberto Firmino's unselfish assist set up the Egypt forward for his second at the end.

The result puts Liverpool 22 points clear with second-placed Manchester City playing Tottenham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, and the 20th straight home league victory equals the record set by City.

However, Leicester were behind for just eight minutes as Harvey Barnes' deflected effort then brought them level before Ben Chilwell capitalised on an error from Willy Caballero, who was picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The goals kept coming as Rudiger looped a header over Kasper Schmeichel to bring Chelsea level (71), but there was still time for Barnes to spurn a golden opportunity to give Leicester all three points, sending the ball wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy.

It ended all square after frantic second half as Leicester moved 15 points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.

 

BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 ASTON VILLA

Ten-man Bournemouth leapfrogged Aston Villa and sent Dean Smith's side into the relegation zone with a crucial 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium.

Goals from Philip Billing (37) and Nathan Ake (44) gave Bournemouth a deserved half-time lead, before Jefferson Lerma was harshly sent off (70) for a second booking soon after the break.

On his Premier League debut, Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta - a new £8.5m signing from Genk - nodded his side back into the game to ensure a nervy finish for the hosts, who managed to hold on for a massive three points in the scrap to survive.

The result sees the Cherries secure back-to-back Premier League home wins for the first time in a year, and climb out of the relegation zone into 16th.

Villa, still the only Premier League side without an away clean sheet, drop one place to 17th.

 

 

CRYSTAL PALACE 0-1 SHEFFIELD UNITED

A bizarre Vicente Guaita own-goal gifted Sheffield United a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace, ending the Blades' winless away run in the Premier League.

United had barely had a shot when Guaita spilled a save from a corner, dropping the ball over his own line in an error that ultimately decided the game and ended the Blades' three-game run without a victory in top-flight away games.

But it was a miracle that both teams ended with 11 men. George Baldock was lucky to escape a second yellow card in the first period after tussling with Wilfried Zaha throughout the half before Joel Ward had a red card rescinded by VAR after a crunching tackle on Enda Stevens.

The win catapults United into fifth while Crystal Palace - who are now winless in seven games in all competitions - drop two places into 13th.

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-0 NORWICH CITY

Newcastle and Norwich played out a poor 0-0 draw at St. James' Park with neither side able to make the breakthrough in a game lacking in quality.

Norwich had the better of the chances, with Sam Byram (5) and Teemu Pukki (61) guilty of missing the best opportunities, while Newcastle could have gone ahead in the first half when Joelinton's header (21) was saved by Tim Krul.

There were 20 corners in total, with Norwich having 12 and Newcastle eight, yet neither side could make any of them count in a game which severely lacked a clinical finisher.

The result is not a great help to either side, with Norwich languishing seven points off safety at the bottom of the table, while Newcastle are 10th.

 

WATFORD 2-3 EVERTON

Everton completed a remarkable comeback as Theo Walcott's first Premier League goal of the season secured a dramatic 3-2 win from two goals down against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Adam Masina fired the hosts into a 10th-minute lead before Roberto Pereyra made it 2-0 three minutes before the break.

Everton deserved little from their first-half efforts, but found a route back into the match when Yerry Mina scrambled the ball home from close range (45), and the Colombian defender pulled the Toffees level when he headed in again in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.

The second period was a far more attritional affair, but Watford were handed a numerical advantage when Fabian Delph was sent off for a second bookable offence (71).

Everton would have settled for a point at that stage, but they snatched all three in the final minute of normal time as Walcott pounced to slide home at the far post to spark wild scenes of celebration among the travelling supporters.

The result means Carlo Ancelotti's side move up to ninth in the table while Watford drop to 19th following Bournemouth's win over fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

 

WEST HAM 3-3 BRIGHTON

West Ham twice threw away two-goal leads to draw 3-3 with Brighton, where VAR awarded Glenn Murray's late equaliser.

In a game littered with defensive gaffes and incredible relegation tension, West Ham were 2-0 at half-time after goals from Issa Diop (30) and Robert Snodgrass (45) but a comical own-goal from Angelo Ogbonna after a flap from Lukasz Fabianski (47) gave Brighton hope.

Snodgrass then restored the two-goal cushion with his second deflected goal of the game as West Ham looked certain to climb away from danger and throw Brighton firmly into trouble.

However, a horrendous mix-up between Diop and Fabianski gifted Pascal Gross a leveller (75) before Glenn Murray scored his eighth career goal against West Ham, firing home from close range (79). The goal was originally chalked off for handball by referee Michael Oliver but VAR stepped in to controversially deem the ball had not struck Murray's hand.

The result leaves the Hammers stuck in the relegation zone with a tough looking set of fixtures on the way against Manchester City and Liverpool.

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