International Sports Desk, Jan 17 (efe-epa) Tottenham Hotspur breezed to a 1-3 victory away over Sheffield United in the first of Sunday’s Premier League fixtures.
Jose Mourinho’s side has now gone four games unbeaten but draws to Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers held them back from jumping toward the top of the table.
Serge Aurier opened the scoring in the fifth with a header from Son Heung-min’s corner and Harry Kane doubled the lead by half-time on the break with an assist from Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
The home side grabbed a goal back in the 59th minute thanks to David McGoldrick but just minutes later Spurs sealed the game thanks to an acrobatic volley from Tanguy Ndombele.
Mourinho decided to leave Gareth Bale on the bench once more but made three substitutions in the dying minutes of the match, with Lucas Moura coming on from Steven Berwijn, Carlos Vinicius replacing Son and Davinson Sánchez taking Sergio Reguilón’s place.
The win puts Spurs in fourth place, while Sheffield United remain bottom of the table.
In other action, Manchester United survived a dicey match with Liverpool, holding its superheated rival to a scoreless draw at Anfield, thus managing to defend its lead on the Premier League table.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s squad held firm and frustrated the expectations of Jurgen Klopp, who was coaching his 200 Premier League match, but the latter could not manage to notch a 128th victory on the night, which would have put him just nine behond Jose Mourinho in the record books.
Man United came into the contest well-armed, solid and with a clear strategy, and the team had the clearest scoring chance just six minutes before time when Paul Pogba fired pointblank but Alisson saved the day by making a great stop, also denying Bruno Fernandes.
With the draw, Man U is still in the lead, two points ahead of Leicester and three to the good of champions Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Manchester City reaffirmed its status as a title hunter with a smashing 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, thus setting itself up just two points behind Man United – and tied with Leicester – in the 19th week of play.
Pep Guardiola’s men put in their fifth consecutive win at Etihad Stadium and no British team has been as regular and constent over the past month, and with Man U’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool that enabled the other Manchester squad to close the gap between them from five to just two points.
Putting in the tallies on this go-round were John Stones on a header, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and finally Raheem Sterling just two minutes before time.