🦁 Man Utd snatch gutsy Turf Moor victory; Everton win; City down Forest | OneFootball

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OneFootball·23 September 2023

🦁 Man Utd snatch gutsy Turf Moor victory; Everton win; City down Forest

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There were five Premier League fixtures across the day on Saturday. Here is what went down around the grounds.

Manchester United escape Turf Moor with narrow win

Scorers: Fernandes 45′

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A weakened Manchester United are at Turf Moor to try and kickstart their season.

The hosts were the first to get a sight goal when Jóhann Guðmundsson lifted a delicate cross into the path of Josh Brownhill, whose arrowed header was pushed narrowly wide by André Onana to keep the scoreline level in style.

United appeared to snatch the lead through the unlikely source of Jonny Evans from a corner, but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check showed Rasmus Højlund interfering with the goalkeeper before the header.

The decision appeared to kill any United momentum, as Burnley grew into the game in the following minutes, forcing their visitors back into the own half.

But against the run of play, Bruno Fernandes sent a wonderful volley into the back of the net to stun the Turf Moor crowd in the dying minutes of the opening interval.

United kept their foot on the gas after the break, pushing for their second goal of the night. But some wastefulness in front of goal from new-boy Rasmus Højlund kept things tight.

Burnley were unable to carve out any high-quality scoring chances to pull themselves level despite a stoppage time push, seeing United snatch all three points and move into the top-half of the table.

Everton get first three points

Scorers: Jensen 28′; Doucouré 6′, Tarkowski 67′, Calvert-Lewin 71′

Everton picked up their first win of the season with an impressive 3-1 win away to Brentford.

Sean Dyce’s men took an early lead when the ball was flicked down for Abdoulaye Doucouré inside the area and he reacted quickest with a snap shot into the far corner for the opener.

He then went within inches of doubling the Toffees’ lead, only for his effort to be denied by the crossbar and within moments, Brentford equalised.

On their first real foray forward, Mathias Jensen smashed home with the help of the upright after being teed up by Vitaly Janelt on the right of the area.

Everton started the second half stronger and after a series of close calls, regained the lead through a James Tarkowski header against his former club.

Four minutes later, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled their lead when Nathan Collins was caught in possession by James Garner, who threaded through for the striker to score his first non-penalty away goal since May 2021 and make sure of the points.

The victory sees the visitors move out of the relegation zone and up to 15th, while Brentford stay 12th.

City win but pay the price

Scorers: Foden 7′, Haaland 14′

Manchester City overcame Nottingham Forest thanks to an early two-goal salvo but lost Rodri to a potentially costly red card.

The home side took an early lead through Phil Foden, who finished perfectly after a superb move, the highlight being a fantastic pass from Rodri in the build-up, with the 46 passes in that move being the second most prior to a goal in the Premier League since such record keeping began in 2006/07.

Seven minutes later, they doubled their lead through Erling Haaland when Forest’s defence failed to pick him up inside the six-yard box and he easily planted a header home following a Matheus Nunes cross.

City’s task was made a little tougher within moments of the restart when Rodri was shown a straight red card for grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White by the neck, picking up the first sending off of his career and one which will crucially see him miss their trip to Arsenal next month.

Despite that blot on the copybook, the champions remain top of the table, while Steve Cooper’s side sit 10th after the loss.

Luton off the mark at last

Scorers: Morris 66′; Neto 50′

Luton Town picked up their first ever Premier League point by coming from behind to salvage a draw against 10-man Wolves.

Shortly before half-time, Wolves were reduced to 10 men when Jean-Ricner Bellegarde was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Tom Lockyer when the pair became tangled together on the ground.

But they didn’t miss him too much as they took the lead five minutes after half-time through Pedro Neto, who got the better of Lockyer before cutting inside and firing home.

On 66 minutes, the Hatters equalised from the penalty spot after Wolves were penalised for a handball, allowing Carlton Morris to score from 12 yards and rescue a share of the spoils.

The point sees Luton get off the mark for the season at the fifth time of asking, although they still remain bottom of the table.

Palace-Fulham ends level

Crystal Palace and Fulham played out a scoreless draw at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

The biggest chance in a scoreless first half came when Eberechi Eze attempted to find the far corner but narrowly missed the target.

In the second half, the clearest cut opportunity fell to Willian when he was picked out by Harrison Reed but his attempt in the closing stages was saved.

Despite the stalemate, both sides stay in the top 10.

Burnley v Manchester United

Sunday’s fixtures

  1. Arsenal v Tottenham
  2. Brighton v Bournemouth
  3. Chelsea v Aston Villa
  4. Liverpool v West Ham
  5. Sheffield United v Newcastle