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City, Chelsea lose at home as United maul Cardiff 5-1

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Manchester United’s English midfielder Jesse Lingard (C) puts the ball past Cardiff City’s English-born Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge (R) for their fifth goal during the English Premier League football match between between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on December 22, 2018. – Manchester United won the game 5-1. (Photo by Geoff CADDICK / AFP) /

Premier League champions Manchester City were stunned at home by Crystal Palace yesterday, as Chelsea were beaten by Leicester City.

Second-placed City remain four points behind leaders Liverpool after losing 3-2, with Andros Townsend scoring a stunning 30-yard volley as Palace won for just the third time in 12 league games.

Liverpool had extended their lead at the top with a Mohamed Salah-inspired 2-0 victory at Wolves on Friday.

Chelsea stayed fourth as a Jamie Vardy goal was enough to end Leicester’s three-game winless run with victory at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal are level on points with the Blues after beating Burnley 3-1 in yesterday’s early game, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice to top the league’s goalscoring charts with 12 this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a perfect start as Manchester United’s interim manager with a 5-1 thrashing of his former club Cardiff.

The former United striker succeeded boss Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in midweek, and got his first win courtesy of a performance that will encourage United fans as some of their more marginalised talent came to the fore in a performance full of attacking intent.

Fulham will be bottom of the table at Christmas following an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Newcastle, with Huddersfield above them only on goal difference after losing 3-1 to Southampton.

David Brooks scored twice as Bournemouth climbed up to eighth with a 2-0 win over Brighton.

And Watford are one point and two places above the Cherries, with Troy Deeney’s penalty and a Gerard Deulofeu goal enough to end West Ham’s four-game winning run.


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