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West Ham def Aston Villa, Leeds vs Norwich, scores, results

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West Ham underlined their Premier League top-four credentials with a 4-1 win against 10-man Aston Villa on Sunday.

Ben Johnson scored early for the visitors only to see Ollie Watkins equalise but the Hammers reclaimed the lead before half-time through Declan Rice.

Villa’s task was made all the harder early in the second half when defender Ezri Konsa was dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

Late goals from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen sealed the three points for David Moyes’ side and condemned Villa to a fourth straight Premier League defeat.

The victory lifts David Moyes’ Hammers to 20 points after 10 games — level on points with third-placed Manchester City.

West Ham drew first blood in the seventh minute when Rice sprayed a pass out to the right flank for Johnson, who cut inside onto his left foot and curled a low shot into the far corner of the net.

Watkins levelled things up in the 34th minute, steering home Emiliano Buendia’s low cross from close range.

But Villa’s delight was shortlived as Rice restored the visitors’ lead with a long-range shot that bobbled its way into the back of the net via a touch off the post just four minutes later.

Villa were reduced to 10 men in the 50th minute when a VAR review ruled that Konsa had denied Bowen a clear goalscoring opportunity by tripping him on the edge of the penalty area.

The Villa defender initially only received a yellow card for the foul.

Despite being a man down, the home side came agonisingly close to an equaliser when Lukasz Fabianski got his fingertips to a thumping Watkins header to push it against the bar.

West Ham increased their lead when Fornals finished from a tight angle after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could only push Bowen’s shot into his path and Bowen himself added a fourth.

Leeds record vital win over Norwich | 01:28

Earlier, Leeds beat Norwich 2-1 to record just their second league win of the season and climb out of the relegation zone.

The sides were locked at 0-0 at Carrow Road at half-time but the game exploded into life in a dramatic four-minute spell after the break.

Leeds forward Raphinha broke the deadlock in the 56th minute only for Andrew Omobamidele to head an equaliser from a corner two minutes later.

But home cheers turned to despair in the 60th minute when Rodrigo’s low left-footed effort found its way underneath Tim Krul.

The win lifts Leeds to 17th in the table, three points clear of the bottom three but Norwich remain winless and are now eight points from safety.

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MANCHESTER UNITED take on Young Boys in their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

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Premier League 2021/22 talking points, results, news, reaction, ladder, Chelsea form, Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United

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Ralf Rangnick won his first match as Manchester United interim manager this weekend after the top three in the Premier League swapped positions, with Manchester City now in the driving seat.

Newcastle at last tasted victory to give new manager Eddie Howe hope they can escape relegation while Steven Gerrard won his third match in four since taking over at Aston Villa.

Here are three talking points from the action in the English top flight.

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RANGNICK RESTORES ‘ORDER’ AT UTD

Ralf Rangnick was given an early sight of the job that lies ahead of him to ensure the Red Devils do not miss out on the top four.

The high-energy style the 63-year-old has built his reputation on in German football was on show early on at Old Trafford, just days after his arrival to replace the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But United struggled to maintain that intensity or break Palace down until Fred’s fine strike from outside the box 13 minutes from time.

A first home clean sheet of the season gives Rangnick a platform on which to build, but that was more due to the visitors’ caution and a glaring miss from Jordan Ayew than great defending.

United are now sixth in the table after a second straight win, just three points behind fourth-placed West Ham.

Rangnick bags first win with United | 01:26

However, Rangnick has an enticing run of fixtures coming up, with Norwich, Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley to come before the end of the year.

United great Gary Neville said Rangnick got the “order” he would have wanted in the victory over Crystal Palace.

“I really enjoyed it,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show. “Was it flamboyant football? Were Manchester United at their absolute best in the last hour? It was a struggle at times.

“… 48 hours to be with his team and lets be clear in the last six to seven weeks Manchester United have been a mess defensively. They hadn’t had a clean sheet at home in 16 matches.

“They were conceding goals like you wouldn’t believe, getting battered at home against Liverpool and City. All the over teams have cut through them. What Ralf Rangnick would’ve wanted yesterday was order. Order in the performance and I think we got that.”

LIVERPOOL’S FORGOTTEN ‘LEGEND’ DELIVERS WHEN IT MATTERS

Divock Origi marked his 100th substitute appearance for Liverpool on Saturday with the latest in his collection of crucial late goals.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had dominated Wolves at Molineux but could not find a way through until the Belgium forward struck in the 94th minute, sparking scenes of delirium from the Liverpool bench.

Other memorable moments for Origi have included an 87th-minute strike in the 2019 Champions League final win against Tottenham and a last-gasp winner in a 2018 derby against Everton.

“He is a top striker, a top boy,” said Klopp, who described the 26-year-old as a “legend”.

“He is already here at Liverpool for a long time — he came here very young and has scored some of the most important goals in the history of this club.”

Origi saves Liverpool | 01:29

PROBLEMS FOR CHELSEA AS DESPERATE MOVE BACKFIRES

It is too soon to talk of serious problems at Chelsea after they suffered just their second Premier League defeat of the season against high-flying West Ham.

But they have now dropped points in three of their past five league games at a time when Manchester City and Liverpool have hit the accelerator.

The Stamford Bridge side are built of tough stuff under Thomas Tuchel and the game at the London Stadium was just the third time in 53 matches under the German that they had conceded more than once.

Tuchel acknowledged West Ham’s winner from Arthur Masuaku was a freak goal but bemoaned earlier mistakes.

He will be concerned at the lack of goals from his main forwards, particularly the out-of-sorts Romelu Lukaku, who was used as a substitute at the London Stadium.

Masuaku cross downs Chelsea | 01:31

Defender Reece James and attacking midfielder Mason Mount are the club’s top scorers this season, with five goals each in all competitions.

Big summer signing Lukaku has struggled with form and fitness this season and has not scored since mid-September after a bright start at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel conceded that he made a mistake in playing Lukaku at all against West Ham United after admitting the striker was not at the level of fitness required to play an influential role.

“It’s my fault,” the German boss said of Lukuka, who came on after half-time.

“I don’t think he is ready for 45 minutes physically but still we decided to bring him on for his height because we lost Kai (Havertz).

“Kai had a crucial role in defending set-pieces, which is a huge threat from West Ham, so this is on me. I took the decision so it’s my responsibility.”

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