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Man Utd inflict first Spurs defeat for Mourinho as Liverpool romp clear

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By Kieran CANNING

Jose Mourinho endured an unhappy return to Manchester United as Marcus Rashford's double beat Tottenham 2-1 while Liverpool restored their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 5-2 romp against Everton.

Second-placed Leicester equalled their top-flight league record of seven consecutive wins with a 2-0 victory against bottom side Watford while Chelsea bounced back from two consecutive league defeats to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Mourinho's first defeat since taking charge of Spurs eases the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United moved above Tottenham, to sixth in the table.

Marcus Rashford smashed United into an early lead with the help of some poor goalkeeping by Paulo Gazzaniga as the England international's powerful shot crept in at his near post and had chances to extend the home side's lead.

Yet for all United's dominance in the first 45 minutes, one moment of brilliance for Dele Alli got Mourinho's men level before the break.

Alli plucked the ball out of the air and skipped beyond two United defenders with one touch before slotting home his fourth goal in as many games since Mourinho took charge.

United were handed the chance to retake the lead when Rashford went down under Moussa Sissoko's challenge in the penalty area early in the second half and he put his recent spot-kick woes behind him to send Gazzaniga the wrong way.

"The three points are massive for us," said Solskjaer.

"We've had too many draws this season and given too many points away from winning positions. It's a great lesson the last two games (Sheffield United and Aston Villa) and we came back in a great manner."

Mourinho, sacked by United last December, described his reception at Old Trafford as "nice and polite".

"It's a step back against a team that is playing with the same objective as us, trying to get up the table and reach the top six," he said. "We need to keep going. We made mistakes but it's not good to be crying about them now."

Liverpool surged eight points clear after their comprehensive victory over struggling Everton at Anfield.

All but one of the goals came before half-time as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, who replaced the rested Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, put Liverpool 2-0 up inside 17 minutes.

Michael Keane pulled a goal back for Everton before Origi got his second and Sadio Mane finished off a blistering counter-attack to make it 4-1.

The scoring did not stop there as Richarlison cut the deficit once more, but Georginio Wijnaldum hammered the final nail in the Everton coffin as an eighth defeat in 11 league games sees the Toffees slip into the bottom three.

Leicester moved back above Manchester City as Liverpool's closest challengers.

The Foxes were awarded a penalty after the break when Jonny Evans went down clutching his face inside the area and Jamie Vardy made no mistake, scoring for the seventh straight game.

James Maddison sealed the points deep into stoppage time.

Chelsea badly missed the presence of Tammy Abraham due to a hip injury in Saturday's shock 1-0 home defeat to West Ham and the return of their top scorer proved the difference against Villa.

Abraham's 26 goals on loan helped Villa get promoted last season and he did not celebrate when heading in Reece James's cross to open the scoring.

Trezeguet bundled home to bring the visitors level before the break, but Abraham then turned provider by chesting down for Mason Mount to brilliant volley high past Tom Heaton.

Wolves, in fifth place, remain unbeaten in the league since September and goals from Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone either side of half-time gave them a 2-0 win against a disappointing West Ham at Molineux.

Southampton moved out of the bottom three with a 2-1 win against Norwich.

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Looks like Ole is 'Gunnar' be at the wheel for a bit longer. Sorry.

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Liverpool Everton Derby was a game and could have gone another way. Everton players never gave up and scored twice but five brilliant goals from Liverpool put an end to the game. Sad to see Everton in the bottom three in the league. I expect their manager will be gone now.

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I went against my usual habit of never betting against Everton and backed Liverpool to win by 2 or more goals. It was a cert even with a half-strength Liverpool side. One of my Kopite mates was angry with Klopp for feeling the need to play Mane against that crap.

Utter crap. Humiliating. First time Liverpool have hit 5 against Everton in over 30 years. The Merseyside Derby is now a fixture that Liverpool don’t even feel the need to put out their best side for.

Can we please have a new manager now?

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Despite being a Red I feel for you Jimizo. Even in the past inferior Everton teams have been able to raise their game for the derby and get a draw or push Liverpool hard. I didn't see that last night, they couldn't wait to get off the pitch.

Silva will be out by next Monday surely. Who do you want to replace him? There's talk of Moyes coming back in.

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@ClippettyClop

I posted earlier in the week that I was dreading this game but would rather get a hiding than a battling loss because I want Silva out ASAP. Silva should have been sacked after the Norwich disgrace last week. I’d like to see him sacked today with Unsworth in charge for the Chelsea game on Saturday.

I’d like Eddie Howe but I doubt he’d come and I wouldn’t if I were him. Moyes isn’t ideal but at least he knows the league. A foreign manager untested in this league is too much of a gamble given the situation we are in.

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@Jimizo, didn't Unsworth have a pretty awful stint after Martinez (or Koeman?) got fired? Rumours are that Diego Simeone is being looked at, but I think that's just nonsense. Eddie Howe is a Toffees fan, and Bournemouth aren't doing well so you never know.

I'd avoid Moyes at all costs, I never rated him. Everton should never have sacked Martinez or then Koeman. And I never understood why they were so keen on getting Silva, he'd done nowt.

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didn't Unsworth have a pretty awful stint after Martinez (or Koeman?) got fired?

He had one game an charge after Martínez was sacked and did okay considering the crap and crazy squad he inherited from Koeman ( a squad with 4 number 10s and no decent centre forward ). I’ll take him over Silva.

Moyes did well at Everton on a very limited budget. He bought gems like Coleman, Arteta and Cahill for next to nothing and had us in the top 4 one season and top six challengers in many. Times have changed since then but I’m just interested in staying up at the moment.

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I agree with ClippetyClop's comment that "Looks like Ole is 'Gunnar' be at the wheel for a bit longer."

The victory of the Red Devils over the Spurs could be a curse instead of blessing for MU, as Ole will continue to give false hope to MU supporters.

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