Marouane Fellaini‘s first BPL goal for club earns United fourth straight victory Juan Mata scored the winner as Manchester United secured a fourth successive Barclays Premier League triumph with a 2-1 victory against Stoke City .
Mata‘s second-half free-kick evaded everybody and flew into the corner to help the hosts earn the spoils after Steven N’Zonzi had cancelled out Marouane Fellaini’s header at Old Trafford. United headed into the match brimming with confidence having risen to fourth in the table, despite a sluggish start to life under Louis van Gaal. And some fine early play was rewarded when Fellaini headed in a first-half opener from Ander Herrera’s cross for his first goal for the club at Old Trafford.
Stoke responded well and found a way back into the match thanks to a stunning strike from Steven N’Zonzi six minutes before half-
time. However, United regrouped on the restart and grabbed three points thanks to Mata’s intervention – albeit after surviving late scares as Mame Biram Diouf twice almost thwarted his former club.
Steven Gerrard marked his return to the starting line-up with a goal as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners against 10-man Leicester City. The Foxes took a 22nd-minute lead when Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet scored an unfortunate own goal. Adam Lallana soon restored parity and Brendan Rodgers‘ side were ahead when Gerrard, left out of the starting XI against Stoke City last Saturday, made no mistake with a calm finish after 54 minutes. Bottom club Leicester City were reduced in numbers when captain Wes Morgan was sent off for a professional foul on Rickie Lambert. And Jordan Henderson converted from close range after a mistake by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to ensure Liverpool made it back-to-back top-flight wins for only the second time this season.
West Ham United showed great resolve to win 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion to continue their excellent start to the season. The hosts burst out of the blocks at The Hawthorns and took a deserved lead thanks to Craig Dawson‘s powerful 10th-minute header. But West Ham bounced back as captain Kevin Nolan nodded in the equalizer after 35 minutes. Defender James Tomkins then scored a header of his own on the stroke of half-time and the Hammers held on to remain fifth, one point below Man United, after their fifth win in eight matches.
Late goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Wayne Routledge ensured Swansea City beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 to prolong the London club’s wait for an away point. Goalkeeper Robert Green had produced a string of saves to deny the Welsh side, but Ki struck 12 minutes from time with a clinical left-foot finish before Routledge added a second to ensure Garry Monk‘s side moved into the top six, while Rangers remain in the relegation zone following their latest away loss.
Christian Benteke returned from a three-match ban to score the winning goal as Aston Villa earned a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. The Belgium international was immediately restored to Villa’s starting XI after serving a suspension for a red card in a 2-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur last month. And he broke the deadlock with a composed finish in the first half to help Paul Lambert’s men end a nine-match winless run in the top flight.
Burnley marked manager Sean Dyche’s 100th match in charge by moving out of the bottom three after extending their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United . It had looked as if last season’s Championship runners-up would claim all three points when midfielder George Boyd’s vicious effort gave them the lead in the 34th minute. But Newcastle fought back to earn a share of the spoils with Senegal striker Papiss Cisse converting Daryl Janmaat’s cross.
Burnley 1-1 Newcastle United
Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool
Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City
Swansea City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 1-2 West Ham United.