Premier League 2015-16 game recaps

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham: Mkhitaryan nets first United goal, carted off


Manchester United gave Tottenham Hotspur it’s second blemish on the season Sunday after picking up an important 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

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The win gives the Red Devils 24 points through 15 matches, however, Jose Mourinho’s side remains in sixth in the Premier League table. Spurs stay put in the standings as well, holding down the fifth position.

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The hosts took the lead on 29 minutes when Ander Herrera found a streaking Henrikh Mkhitaryan through the Spurs defense, who smashed home the game’s opener past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

While Mkhitaryan played hero on the day, the 27-year-old was forced out of the match after halftime following a hard collision from Spurs defender Danny Rose. The United attacker was carted off the pitch in the 85th minute, making way for Eric Bailly to help see out the match.

Victor Wanyama will surely regret his chance missed just minutes into the second stanza when the Spurs attacker had a free header yards away from goal but sliced it off target.

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The Red Devils were unlucky not to find a second after the hour mark when Paul Pogba‘s first-time effort was well saved by Lloris, before the hosts had a shout for a penalty just seconds later as Jan Vertonghen made contact into the back of Herrera.

United looked threatening at times in the opening stanza, and Mkhitaryan nearly gave the hosts the lead when the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder smashed a shot into a Spurs defender in front of goal after Herrera set the sequence up.

Paul Pogba found the game’s first chance just a minute into the clash after his left-footed attempt was saved by Lloris after Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the Frenchman in the center of the penalty area.

Southampton 1-0 Middlesbrough: Saints go 10th courtesy of Boufal strike


Southampton moved up into the top of the Premier League on Sunday after picking up a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at St. Mary’s Stadium.

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Sofiane Boufal provided the hosts with the game’s lone finish on 53 minutes after taking a shot from outside the box and beating Victor Valdes. The finish was the 23-year-old’s first tally of the season for the Saints.

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Jay Rodriguez had a great chance to seal the match for the Saints with under 10 minutes remaining but the attacker’s header was cleared off the line brilliantly by Adam Clayton.

The visitors had a superb chance to take the lead after half hour played when Viktor Fischer rounded goalkeeper Fraser Forster and looked to pick out Cristhian Stuani, but the striker couldn’t find the back of the net in the 34th minute.

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Boro came out fast and were nearly rewarded in the fourth minute when Fischer tested Saints Forster, who was forced into a good save.

Aitor Karanka‘s side remains 16th in the PL through 15 matches, with the Boro currently just three points above the relegation zone.

Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth: Rooney, Rashford key blowout

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  • Match rescheduled from Sunday
  • Rooney with goal, assist
  • Rashford, Young score
  • United finishes fifth
  • Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young scored as Manchester United sealed fifth place in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday at Old Trafford.

    The match was postponed from Sunday after a bomb scare before kickoff.

    A late Chris Smalling own goal was Bournemouth’s tally, denying David De Gea a share of the PL Golden Glove Award with Petr Cech.

    United’s win allows them direct passage into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, while Bournemouth finishes 16th in its first season in the top flight. United will face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final on Saturday.

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    There wasn’t much to like about a first half hour that saw United possess the heck out of the ball but rarely move into dangerous positions until Michael Carrick slid onto the end of an over the top pass, redirecting his shot at keeper Adam Federici.

    The Red Devils went ahead before halftime, as Anthony Martial worked a 1-2 with Juan Mata before passing through the 18. Marcus Rashford dummied the ball for Rooney, who passed the ball into the center of the goal.

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    The Cherries had an inspired spell of work inside the United box early in the second half, but Dan Gosling‘s shot was rushed over the net by an onrushing tackler.

    Penalty shouts soon followed at the other end, as Mata’s dribble came together with Steve Cook in what should’ve been a penalty for the United midfielder. No call.

    United was set to find its insurance goal when Marcus Rashford made a skillful move to the left of Federici before Jesse Lingard‘s shot was deflected wide. Then Antonio Valencia eyed up a shot from 25-30 yards that Federici flew to remove from its path to the upper 90.

    Rashford made it 2-0 as the clock hit 74, putting his hard shot through multiple pairs of legs and into the Bournemouth goal for his fifth PL tally of the season.

    And then Rooney’s terrific over-the-top pass found Young, who chested the ball down and had plenty of time to cut the ball just past Federici. 3-0.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland: Flores finishes with a draw

  • Hornets finish 13th
  • Sunderland 6 games unbeaten
  • Flores signs off as Watford boss
  • Watford and Sunderland played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road on Sunday with the Hornets battling back twice from behind to grab a draw.

    Jack Rodwell and Jeremain Lens twice gave Sunderland the lead, with Sebastian Prodl and Troy Deeney equalized in Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game in charge as he departs this summer.

    For the first-time in their history Watford have secured back-to-back seasons in the PL as they finish 13th on 45 points, while Sunderland finished on 39 points in 17th.

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    Watford had plenty of chances early on against an experimental Sunderland side but the Black Cats went ahead. Rodwell stole in at the back post to slot home the opener. 1-0.

    Duncan Watmore then scored but his goal was ruled out for offside but the Sunderland youngster will be disappointed when he sees the replay as he looked clearly on.

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    Just three minutes into the second half Watford were level as Prodl sent a thumping header into the net. 1-1.

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    And just three minutes later Sunderland were back ahead as Lens picked out the bottom corner from the edge of the box. 2-1 to the Black Cats.

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    Referee Kevin Friend then awarded a penalty kick as John O'Shea‘s high challenge on Jurado was penalized.

    Deeney dispatched the spot kick to make it 2-2 as he scored his 15 goal of the season and sealed a draw for the Hornets as Flores signed off as boss.

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace: Saints qualify for Europe

  • Saints clinch Europa League spot
  • Four different goalscorers
  • Record points tally for Saints
  • Southampton beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday to qualify for the UEFA Europa League after winning five of their last six games to finish the season.

    Goals from Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle, Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis eased Saints to victory, with Jason Puncheon pulling a goal back for Palace to make it 2-1.

    With the win Ronald Koeman‘s side recorded a record points tally in the PL for Saints, with 63 points. They momentarily sit in fifth place but must wait for Manchester United’s game against Bournemouth to be replayed following the incident at Old Trafford on Sunday. If United win or draw they will finish above Saints who will drop to sixth.

    Palace are in 15th place on 42 points but could be overtaken by Bournemouth, but now Alan Pardew‘s will focus solely on winning the FA Cup at Wembley next weekend.

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    Southampton dominated the first half but struggled to create clear cut chances as Mane went close but was soon celebrating the opener.

    Two minutes before half time the breakthrough arrived with Julian Speroni failing to properly clear a cross from Ryan Bertrand on the left and the ball fell to Mane who knocked into an empty net.

    1-0 to Southampton as Mane became their top scorer in the PL and notched his eighth goal in his last eight games.

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    In the second half Southampton doubled their lead after 61 minutes with Cuco Martina crossing into the box as Graziano Pelle

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    Three minutes later Puncheon then pulled a goal back to bring Palace back into it as his stunning strike into the top corner made it 2-1.

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    However Saints regained control as Mane then burst into the box and was taken down with the referee pointing to the spot. Bertrand stepped up and scored the penalty kick, 3-1.

    Southampton added another late on with Davis scoring his third goal in his last two games and Saints had sealed a spot in the top six and secured European qualification for next season.