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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under renewed pressure after Manchester United were outclassed 2-0 by Manchester City on Saturday while Burnley ended Chelsea’s winning streak in the Premier League.

Eric Bailly’s own goal and Bernardo Silva’s strike on the stroke of halftime proved the difference at Old Trafford but there was a huge gulf in quality between the teams in the early kick-off.

Struggling Burnley scored a late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea while Norwich lifted themselves off the bottom of the table by beating Brentford 2-1 for their first league win of the season – then sacked coach Daniel Farke.

Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is back under fire.Source: AFP

Two weeks after their embarrassing 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, United were again palpably second best on home turf.

Only a string of stunning saves from goalkeeper David de Gea prevented Solskjaer’s men from another humbling in a match in which they could just muster a single shot on target.

United have won just one of their past six Premier League games, giving Solskjaer — and club bosses — plenty to ponder during the international break.

Last week’s 3-0 win at Tottenham gave Solskjaer hope his team had turned the corner and a late Cristiano Ronaldo goal earned them a valuable Champions League point against Atalanta in midweek.

The Norwegian admitted his men, who finished second behind City in the Premier League table last season, were well below par at Old Trafford.

But despite the string of poor results, he said he did not feel he was on borrowed time at the club, who last won silverware in 2017.

“I have good communication all the time with the club and that’s very up front and honest about the situation,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“I work for Man United and I want the best for Man United and of course as long as I’m here I want to do what I can to improve this.” City deservedly took the lead in just the seventh minute when Bailly sliced Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net.

Spanish goalkeeper De Gea almost single-handedly kept the score at 1-0 but was at fault for City’s second when Silva stretched a leg to meet Cancelo’s cross and the United stopper allowed the ball to squirm into his own net.

“The best way to silence Old Trafford is to have the ball with a lot of passes and attack the box in the right moments and we did that,” City boss Pep Guardiola said. “We played a really good game.”

It was party time for Burnley in a Sean Dyche masterclass.Source: Getty Images

CHELSEA STUNNED LATE

Chelsea were frustrated as Matej Vydra’s late equaliser ended the European champions’ four-match winning run despite 25 shots from the home side.

The Blues led through Kai Havertz’s first-half header and were 11 minutes away from moving five points clear at the top before Vydra stabbed home from close range.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” said Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel. “If we played this game 100 times, we’d win 99 times. Today we didn’t win it.

“The second goal would have decided it. It’s always possible you miss one ball, one cross, and this can happen.” Liverpool can now move to within one point of the leaders if they beat West Ham on Sunday.

Norwich finally got to celebrate a victory.Source: Getty Images

NORWICH WIN THEN SACK FARKE

Elsewhere, first-half goals by Mathias Normann and Teemu Pukki earned Norwich their first win of the season.

But it was followed by coach Daniel Farke being sacked almost immediately afterwards.

A Norwich statement said: “Norwich City can confirm that head coach Daniel Farke has left the club with immediate effect.

“Daniel departs Carrow Road having overseen 208 competitive games at the helm across a four-and-a-half-year spell.

“Backroom staff members Eddie Riemer, Chris Domogalla and Christopher John have all also left the club.

“The club will issue a further update on its first team staff in due course.”

Sporting director Stuart Webber said: “In continuing to demand the very best for our football club, this decision was not an easy one.

“I know how determined Daniel and his staff were to succeed at this level, but we feel that now is the right time for a change to give ourselves the best opportunity of retaining our Premier League status.

“All at Norwich City should be forever grateful to Daniel and his staff for the significant role they have played in our journey. They helped deliver two Championship titles, many memorable moments and they all fully bought into our philosophy and what it means to be part of this football club.

“Daniel and his staff will always be welcome back here. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and wish them well for the future.

“It’s important that we now look forward. We have 27 league games remaining and a long way to go in the current season. We know we have the ability within our playing squad and staff to start picking up points and climbing the league table.”

Norwich had briefly lifted themselves off the bottom of the table by beating Brentford 2-1 for their first league win of the season. Newcastle edged back off the foot of the table on goal difference thanks to a point at Brighton.

The Magpies are understood to have agreed a deal in principle with former Bournemouth manager Howe to take over at St James’ Park, more than two weeks after head coach Steve Bruce’s exit following a Saudi-led takeover.

But despite the enormous resources at his disposal, Howe faces a huge task just to keep the northeast club in the English top flight.

Newcastle were again second best and fortunate to escape with a draw thanks to Isaac Hayden’s second-half strike to cancel out Leandro Trossard’s penalty.

Crystal Palace are up to ninth as Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher scored in a 2-0 win over Wolves.

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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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Toffees notch sweet win over Gunners | 01:33

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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