LONDON: Late goals by Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood sealed Manchester United a 3-1 comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur, cementing their place in the Premier League top-four while the London club's hopes of joining them looked slim on Sunday.
Cavani had a goal controversially ruled out in a an otherwise dull first-half shortly before Son Heung-min gave Tottenham a 40th-minute lead with their first shot on target.
The second half was far more lively with United dominant.
Fred equalised from close range just before the hour-mark and Cavani then made up for his first-half frustration by diving to head home in the 79th minute.
Mason Greenwood celebrates with Aaron Wan-Bissaka after scoring Manchester United's third goal in added time.
But substitute Greenwood made sure of the win when he fired past Hugo Lloris with almost the final kick.
Second-placed United's win allowed them to cut runaway leaders Manchester City's lead to 11 points, having played one game fewer, although perhaps more importantly they are nine points above fifth-placed Chelsea.
Tottenham stay in seventh spot, six points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
Lingard double as
West Ham sink Leicester
Jesse Lingard's hot streak continued with two goals as West Ham United climbed back into fourth spot in the Premier League with a 3-2 victory over third-placed Leicester City on Sunday.
Lingard, who has been in scintillating form since arriving on loan from Manchester United in mid-season, took his tally for the Hammers to eight goals with two strikes before half-time.
When Jarrod Bowen made it 3-0 shortly after the interval and Issa Diop's effort was ruled out for off-side, the home side were rampant at the London Stadium.
But what happened after that suggests West Ham fans will need to strap themselves in for the remaining seven games of the season as once again they turned a position of comfort into a one requiring extra sets of fingernails.
Leicester, weakened by the absence of Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury, who were omitted for a breach of COVID-19 protocols, finally began to show the intensity required and got a lifeline when Kelechi Iheanacho fired home with 20 minutes left.
West Ham, who squandered a 3-0 lead to draw with Arsenal last month and almost did the same against Wolves in midweek, looked nervy and Iheanacho ramped up the tension with a second goal in stoppage time.
Manager David Moyes paced the touchline frantically but West Ham survived six added minutes to maintain their quest for an unlikely top-four spot. They moved back above Liverpool and Chelsea with 55 points from 31 games, one point behind Leicester who suffered a second successive league defeat.
After Liverpool's last-gasp win over Aston Villa on Saturday and Chelsea's victory over Crystal Palace the pressure was on West Ham to respond against an injury-weakened Leicester side whose stranglehold on a top-four place is loosening.
Saint-Maximin inspires crucial win for Newcastle at Burnley
Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin came off the bench to turn the game around for lowly Newcastle United as they came from behind to earn a vital 2-1 Premier League win at Burnley, earlier on Sunday.
Burnley had led through an 18th-minute goal from Czech striker Matej Vydra and were well on top before substitute Saint-Maximin changed the game inside seven minutes with an assist and a goal.
The result will ease the nerves of Newcastle fans whose team are now six points above Fulham, who occupy the final relegation spot. Steve Bruce's side, in 17th place, also have a game in hand and are just a point behind 15th-placed Burnley.
Sean Dyche's team still have work to do to make sure of top- flight survival and will be bitterly disappointed to have got nothing from a game they dominated.
Burnley put Dubravka's goal under intense pressure and needing a change of momentum Newcastle manager Steve Bruce made a double substitution in the 57th minute, sending on Callum Wilson and Saint-Maximin who were both returning from injury.
The move worked in spectacular fashion as after being on the field for two minutes Saint-Maximin set up Jacob Murphy for a superbly struck equaliser from outside the box.
The Frenchman showed his individual ability with a brilliant goal to put Newcastle ahead, picking the ball up on half-way and running at the Burnley defence before jinking to create space and unleashing a lethal drive into the bottom corner. Agencies