EPL : Man Utd win four in a row, Chelsea held by Saints

Agency, 3 December : Manchester United made it four wins from four under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park that saw the interim manager emulate Sir Matt Busby.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku scored with his first touch on 63 minutes, 38 seconds after coming on, before Marcus Rashford wrapped up the three points 10 minutes from time.

The victory sees Solskjaer become only the second manager in Manchester United’s history to win their first four games in charge, after Busby in 1946, and sees sixth-placed United move to within six points of the top four.

Newcastle, who have now won just one of their last eight league games, stay 15th, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea held at home by battling Southampton

Chelsea missed the chance to strengthen their top-four position as they produced an ineffective display in a 0-0 home draw with Southampton.

Eden Hazard spurned the best opening of the first half when he fired at Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was making his Premier League debut.

Chelsea continued to labour after half-time, with Alvaro Morata having a goal ruled out in the 71st minute after a tight offside call and then seeing a shot saved by Gunn.

Southampton rarely threatened but will likely be satisfied with a hard-earned point, while there were some boos from Chelsea fans at the final whistle.

Having lost their final home game of 2018 to Leicester, this was another lacklustre display from Chelsea in front of their own supporters, who had been buoyed earlier in the day by the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.

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Bournemouth and Watford play out six-goal thriller

Troy Deeney put Watford two ahead just before the half-hour mark.

Four more goals were then netted in just SEVEN minutes as quickfire headers from Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson restored parity. But the visitors retook the lead instantly through Ken Sema’s first goal for the club – before Ryan Fraser levelled the scores once again before the halftime break.

This was Eddie Howe’s 750th game for Bournemouth as a player or manager – but he is unlikely to have experienced a first 45 like this before.

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