Manchester United and Newcastle United both strengthened their claims for a top-four finish with victories on Wednesday, the Red Devils beating Brentford 1-0 while Eddie Howe’s side thrashed West Ham United 5-1.
Man Utd moved back up to fourth thanks to Marcus Rashford’s 27th-minute strike.
Rashford lashed the ball into the roof of the net from Marcel Sabitzer’s knockdown to score his first goal in four matches.
Brentford’s best chance fell to substitute Kevin Schade on 67 minutes, but he was denied by an excellent save from David De Gea.
Man Utd substitute Fred blazed over as the home side pressed for a second, but Rashford’s first-half goal proved to be enough.
A first victory in four matches puts Man Utd on 53 points, three clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth and with a match in hand.
Callum Wilson and Joelinton both scored twice as Newcastle won 5-1 at West Ham.
The striker, returning to the starting line-up, headed in from Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross to open the scoring after six minutes.
Seven minutes later, Joelinton, also recalled to the side, showed excellent composure to latch on to a Fabian Schar pass before rounding Lukasz Fabianski and then slotting into an empty net. Initially ruled out for offside, the goal was overturned following a VAR review, making it 2-0.
The hosts did get themselves back into the match five minutes before half-time when Nick Pope failed to clear Jarrod Bowen’s corner, allowing Kurt Zouma to head in to an empty net.
However, hopes of a second-half comeback were dashed within 30 seconds of the restart when Nayef Aguerd was dispossessed by Jacob Murphy, who squared for Wilson to score his second.
Wilson has now scored 12 Premier League goals against West Ham in just 13 appearances, more than any other side.
Substitute Alexander Isak added a fourth, lobbing in to an empty net from 25 yards out before Joelinton scored his second in the 90th minute.
A fourth consecutive victory takes third-placed Newcastle on to 53 points.
West Ham stay in 15th on 27 points, only clear of the relegation zone on goal difference. The Hammers do have a match in hand on all eight of the sides around them in the table, though.
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