With international breaks now off the agenda until March, focus returned to club matters as the Premier League made a welcome return on Saturday.
We were treated to a top-six battle between Tottenham and Manchester City, while Manchester United and Chelsea were also in action.
See for yourself!
Spurs surf wave of Mourinho masterclass over Man City
Few would have relished the international break more that José Mourinho, with the Tottenham manager afforded two weeks to construct a counter-attacking gameplan that would frustrate Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The bags under his eyes suggest Mourninho had been burning the midnight oil of late, but any sleep loss was a small price to pay for a victory such as this.
City may bemoan the decision to disallow Aymeric Laporte’s first-half equaliser for a handball by Gabriel Jesus in the build up, but they can have few complaints with the result.
Guardiola has a new contract in his back pocket, but with that deal comes the responsibility to reverse City’s current malaise.
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West Brom irked after defeat to Manchester United
It’s hard to imagine that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would still be in charge at Old Trafford if it wasn’t for the regular rub of the green from VAR that he has enjoyed.
West Brom will be scratching their heads and shaking their fists after this one.
Bruno Fernandes’ clumsy challenge on Conor Gallagher looked a stonewall penalty. Even referee David Coote thought so, but changed his mind after looking at the monitor. There was nothing clear and obvious about his decision.
United then won a deserved spot kick of their own, converted at the second time of asking by Fernandes after Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone had strayed off his line before his initial save.
The hosts are into the top half of the table, but remain far from convincing.
🎥 The key moments from an important win in the #PL 🏆 🔴 #MUFC #️⃣ #MUNWBA
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Chelsea maintain winning form at Newcastle
They were quickly displaced by Tottenham, but Chelsea fans would have enjoyed their brief stay at the summit after overcoming Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The Blues needed a slice of good fortune to take the lead through Federico Fernández’s own goal.
However, Frank Lampard’s charges capitalised on that break to double their advantage through Tammy Abraham and keep things tight at the back.
The Magpies remain painfully inconsistent, while Chelsea are making an increasingly convincing case that they are genuine title contenders.
Brighton record historic win at Aston Villa
It may have been the support act to the other fixtures, but Brighton’s victory at Villa Park did not lack entertainment value.
Danny Welbeck opened his account for the Seagulls before Ezri Konsa turned a Jack Grealish free-kick in to level matters.
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Solly March’s peach of a finish proved a worthy winner, but it could have been so different.
After Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey was dismissed for a second yellow card, Villa looked to have been awarded a late opportunity to equalise when referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.
Upon review, however, Oliver decided that March had gotten enough of the ball to render Trézéguet’s dramatic dive redundant.
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Sunday’s menu looks tasty, with Liverpool’s battle with Leicester at Anfield topping the bill.
Join us then!