Manchester United capitalised on a rare slip up from city rivals and league leaders Manchester City to move within 13 points of their neighbours following a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford in a Matchday 26 clash on Saturday evening.
Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to impose themselves in a goalless first half but they were a different proposition after the break and deservedly got two goals through Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez who scored via the rebound from his saved penalty.
League leaders Manchester City had earlier been denied a 23rd victory of the season with a late equaliser from Icelandic international winger Johann Berg Gudmundson.
Danilo scored a very good goal in the first half to give Pep Guardiola’s side the lead at Turf Moor and the Citizens had numerous opportunities to extend their lead with Raheem Sterling missing an open goal from two yards.
The miss proved to be very costly for Manchester City in the end following the late intervention by Gudmundson on behalf of the home side.
Arsenal have boosted their top four hopes after a convincing 5-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
Welsh star Aaron Ramsey scored his first career hattrick to aid the Gunners in a match that also saw record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score his first goal for the Gunners on his first appearance for his new club.
Club captain Laurent Koscielny was on target for the second successive home game as Arsenal move within five points of Chelsea in 4th spot in the race for next season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL).
Matchday 26 Results
West Brom 2-3 Southampton
Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City
Burnley 1-1 Manchester City
Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Arsenal 5-1 Everton
Brighton 3-1 West Ham United
Leicester City 1-1 Swansea City
Standings (Top 6) via Points
1. Manchester City 69
2. Manchester United 56
3. Liverpool 50
4. Chelsea 50
5. Tottenham Hotspur 48
6. Arsenal 45