Sporting CP head coach Silas refused to deny whether an agreement is in place for Bruno Fernandes to leave the Portuguese club amid links to Manchester United.

Sporting captain Fernandes is reportedly nearing a move to United after officials from the two clubs are said to have been in talks on Friday.

Fernandes was linked to United, Premier League rivals Tottenham and LaLiga giants Real Madrid at the start of the season, but a transfer did not materialise as the Portugal international eventually signed a new contract in November.

After scoring twice in Sporting's 3-1 Primeira Liga win over Vitoria Setubal on Saturday, Silas was asked if Fernandes already has an agreement and whether he would be available for the derby against Benfica.

"I can't guarantee any of these things because I don't know," Silas told reporters post-game.

"I'm already thinking about the game with Benfica and I'm thinking about using it [Bruno Fernandes]." 

Fernandes has scored eight goals and supplied seven assists in the league this season, while he has netted 15 across all competitions.

Pep Guardiola is heartened by the progress of Manchester City's youngsters this season but knows there is no guarantee of a golden generation, such as the one he oversaw at Barcelona a decade ago or Manchester United's 'Class of '92'.

England Under-21 midfielder Phil Foden has ticked past 50 career appearances for City and scored his 10th goal for the club in last weekend's 4-1 FA Cup win over Port Vale, when Taylor Harwood-Bellis was also on target for the first time in senior football.

Harwood-Bellis' fellow teenage centre-back Eric Garcia was accomplished as he started the recent home wins over Sheffield United and Everton as part of a back three, while Tommy Doyle – who counts City greats Glyn Pardoe and the late Mike Doyle as his grandfathers – made his full debut against Southampton in the EFL Cup in October.

Footage of Doyle and Harwood-Bellis celebrating City's 3-1 first-leg win over Manchester United in the semi-finals of that competition from the away end at Old Trafford went viral this week.

Guardiola saw and enjoyed the clip but was hesitant when asked to assess the chances of City's breakthrough stars becoming household names – citing the pressures they must navigate to establish themselves at an elite club.

"I don't know. I would like to answer and say 'yes' but I don't know. To figure out if young players will become incredibly top players for the future, I don’t know," he said, speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

"This is a club that is so demanding, you have to win games. Sometimes you win four titles and it's not enough

"Four titles last season is not enough; we didn’t win the Champions League. That is the reality.

"Sometimes they compete against incredible central defenders and, for Tommy Doyle, incredible midfielders.

"For Phil Foden, it is an incredible reality. He is an exceptional player and sometimes he doesn't play the minutes he should play because he competes with what happened at Old Trafford. All the midfield players played and they played incredibly well.

"I am a big, big fan who respects the process with the young guys. But we have a tendency in all the countries – here as well – that they make the two games and already they will be the new [Wayne] Rooney or the new George Best or will be the new David Beckham."

As Foden and his contemporaries continue the early steps of their journey at City, greats of the modern era they will hope to emulate are moving on.

David Silva will depart at the end of this season, while Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero's deals expire in June 2021.

Former captain Vincent Kompany bade an emotional farewell after completing last term's unprecedented domestic treble, following the exits of Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta 12 and 24 months earlier respectively.

"We cannot deny how important all these names you name have been for this club," Guardiola said, with Kompany set to be honoured at a Football Writers' Association tribute night in London on Sunday.

"Vinny is unique, Sergio will be unique, David – these type of players are incredible. I think the club, they have the duty and the obligation to find the best replacement for all of them, as quick as possible and anticipate it.

"We have to try and find them or build them from here – it is our obligation as a club."

As he negotiates this changing of the guard at the Etihad, Guardiola again reiterated his belief that Silva's replacement will be a young man built from within.

"David is going to leave this season and we are not going to buy any player in his position because we have Phil," he added.

"Maybe this season Phil will have more minutes, or maybe less. I don't know. We trust Phil.

"If we didn't believe in him we might go to the market to replace David, but we have Phil."

Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino apologised for not adding to his decisive strike in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

The result means the Reds have now won 20 of their opening 21 Premier League games of the season to sit 16 points ahead of second-placed Leicester City at the summit.

That lead could be cut to 14 points if Manchester City overcome Aston Villa on Sunday, but Liverpool are firmly on course to be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

Firmino scored the only goal of the game after 37 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the Brazil international was in sheepish mood at the final whistle, according to his boss.

"When I went to him and wanted to give him a hug after the game, he wanted to stop and talk first," Klopp said. "He said: 'I know I should have scored more goals'. It was absolutely not what I wanted to say!

"It is true probably. He should have scored immediately with the first chance.

"He is a super player, super. I don't say this for the first time and will hopefully not say it for the last time. [He's] pretty impressive."

Giovani Lo Celso squandered a golden opportunity to snatch a scarcely deserved point for Spurs in the closing stages.

It would have been exceptionally harsh on a Liverpool side who had dominated for long periods, with Klopp keen to highlight his side's impressive "fight" against Jose Mourinho's men.

"We had to play for it and in the end we had to fight for it, really hard," he said.

"We could have closed this game earlier; we should have I would say. The chances were clear. We had moments when we didn't make chances, but they were ones I would say usually would have to be a 100 per cent chance.

"I think we played some exceptional football to bring in Andy Robertson on the touchline but then we didn't find the free player or the defender blocked the last ball. We could have done better in these moments, but then it was only 1-0 and that's normal.

"Against a team like Tottenham, it is not decided and in the end we needed luck in one situation and Alisson in two or three other situations.

"It was intense, really, but I think we deserved the three points. It was not our best game we played so far, but it was a very good one and, as I said, [we played] really good football in a lot of parts of the game and in the end a proper fight. All good."

Liverpool are back in Premier League action next Sunday against bitter rivals Manchester United, who are the only side to have taken points from them this season.

Liverpool broke yet more records in their latest Premier League triumph over Tottenham, achieving a benchmark that not even Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich have previously managed. 

Roberto Firmino scored the first-half winner as the unbeaten Reds recorded their 20th top-flight victory in 21 games to take their tally to 61 points this term.

In the three-points-for-a-win era, that is the biggest points haul any team in Europe's top five leagues has ever managed after 21 games.

The likes of Barcelona, PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich have enjoyed spells as all-conquering giants in their respective domestic leagues, yet none of those sides have been able to achieve such a total at the same stage.

In avoiding defeat, Klopp's side also extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 38 games, the equivalent of a full season.

They have accrued 104 points in that time, winning 33 times and drawing on five occasions, bettering the previous record totals Manchester City and Chelsea (both 102) managed across 38-match spells in 2017-18 and 2005 respectively.

An exasperated Jose Mourinho suggested the VAR official must have been "having a tea" after a heavy tackle from Andy Robertson went unpunished in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

After taking a poor touch deep in Spurs territory during the second half, a stretching Robertson appeared to catch Spurs debutant Japhet Tanganga firmly on the shin with his studs.

However, the Liverpool left-back was not even booked for the incident and Mourinho was less than impressed.

After hailing Jurgen Klopp's side, who are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 20th win from 21 games, the Spurs head coach suggested his team had been hard done by, comparing Robertson's challenge to the incident that saw Son Heung-min dismissed against Chelsea following a VAR review.

"They are so, so good and so, so strong in every area," said Mourinho of Liverpool in an interview with Sky Sports. "On top of that, they are lucky.

"Because they were lucky – they could perfectly concede a goal, they could perfectly finish the game with 10 because the VAR at the time they were having a [cup of] tea and they didn't watch Robertson for a red card.

"Compare that with Son [against Chelsea], when Son got a red card."

Mourinho also felt Liverpool were wrongly awarded a throw-in prior to Roberto Firmino scoring the only goal of the game, but he was proud of Tottenham's efforts in the absence of injured talisman Harry Kane, who is set to be out until at least April.

"I think I have only reasons to be sad with the result, but I have only reasons to be happy and proud of what the boys did and tried to do with the situation we had," he added.

"I think we deserved more from this game.

"With the throw-in [before Firmino's goal], that should be a throw-in in our favour, so it's a bit frustrating. I think the refs did a very good job, but unfortunately the assistant on the opposite side of us didn't see that throw-in."

In an interview with the BBC, Mourinho said: "This is football. Sometimes you get more than you deserve, sometimes you get less. I think this was one of the occasions when we got nothing when we deserved so much to get something.

"It was probably the best team in the world in the maximum of its potential against a team in a difficult moment, lots of injuries, important injuries, a difficult season, and I think the boys competed in a fantastic way. We were just unlucky not to score."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed his support for Manchester United's owners and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after supporters turned on them during Saturday's 4-0 win over Norwich City.

United produced arguably one of their most coherent performances of the season as they swept the Canaries aside at Old Trafford, with two-goal Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata leading the way – the latter claiming a pair of assists.

However, during the second half, fans in the 'atmospheric' area at Old Trafford began to engage in antagonistic chanting directed at Woodward and United's infamous owners, the Glazer family.

United fans have long been critical of the Glazers for plunging the club deep into debt when they became owners between 2003 and 2005, while Woodward's transfer dealings and apparent reluctance to hire a director of football have seen him frustrate supporters.

Solskjaer urged fans to show some togetherness, confirming he could hear the chants as he refused to duck the issue.

"I'm not sure if the players will get [hear] it, but I noticed, yeah," Solskjaer told reporters. "As a club we've got to stick together, we've got to be united, we are a family.

"I can only say from when I've been here I've been backed by the owners, I've been backed by Ed and they're supporting me, so for me, make sure they stick together.

"We are in all competitions. We are still in the EFL Cup, FA Cup, we're fifth in the league, still challenging [for the top four], we've improved the position from last season, we've got Europa League – they [the fans] have just got to believe me when I say I feel we are doing loads of good things behind the scenes. We are going in the right direction.

"See the group today: the attitude, the work-rate, that's the core of the group that's going to go forward."

Rashford, 22, continued his fine season with another couple of goals against Norwich, as he became the third youngest player to reach 200 appearances for the club after George Best and Ryan Giggs.

Solskjaer saluted the striker's achievement, before paying tribute to him for his attitude and mentality.

"What an achievement to get to 200 games at his age," Solskjaer said. "I don't know how many he's scored [in total], but that's 19 this season.

"He's absolutely top class to work with, a great kid. He wants to learn, improve and he knows how to keep his feet on the ground.

"Today he was carrying a few knocks, but there was no chance he was going to say to me before the game he didn't want to play.

"He will become better, but he has everything to become a top-class player: attitude, skill, physique. I'm delighted I have three centre-forwards [Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood] scoring today [Saturday]."

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool's record-breaking points tally as "special" but insists he will not get carried away until his side have an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League. 

The Reds made it 61 points from their 21 league games this season with a 1-0 win at Tottenham on Saturday, courtesy of Roberto Firmino's first-half goal.

That is the most any side has registered after the same number of games in a single season across Europe's big five leagues.

Klopp's men are now a whopping 16 points ahead of second-place Leicester City – who lost to Southampton earlier in the day – although their lead at the summit would be cut to 14 points if Manchester City overcome Aston Villa on Sunday.

"That is special [the points tally]," the German told Sky Sports. "If it would be easy then a lot more teams would have done it.

"It's really difficult to win the number of games and always be ready to fight on your best day, on your worst day and on the average days. Always that's what the boys do; that's why we are here.

"I'm really happy about it. The only problem is you don't get anything for best starts apart from numbers. The only thing we are interested in is what happens at the end of the season and so that's not done yet, because this league is so strong, because we face so many strong opponents.

"The moment that we have enough points that nobody can catch us anymore, then we start talking about it. Until then I couldn't be less interested."

Tottenham should have sealed a point late on, with Son Hueng-min and Giovani Lo Celso guilty of squandering golden opportunities, and Klopp expressed his frustration at his side's failure to put the game out of the hosts' reach. 

"First and foremost the result is the most important thing," he said. "One team deserved to win and that was us. That the game was not decided after 50-60 minutes was, of course, our fault as well.

"We had big chances and didn't score with them. There were a lot of good parts but we should have scored more goals; that's the truth. We have to be honest to ourselves and that's what we are.

"So, we could have scored more and when you can do that you have to do it; especially against an opponent like Tottenham, in a stadium like this."

Despite their stunning campaign, defender Virgil van Dijk claims there is more to come from the Merseysiders. 

"It gives us all a good feeling, but I think you see especially in the second half there's still room for improvement, so we're going to have to look at the things we have to improve," he said.

"That's the mentality we have and obviously we're in a good situation but there's still so much work we can do to make it even easier at times. It's a difficult place to come and three points is outstanding for us."

Reece James' attacking prowess from full-back is proving a huge asset, according to Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard.

The 20-year-old turned in an impressive display at right-back during Saturday's 3-0 win over Burnley – his superb cross for Tammy Abraham to make it 2-0 one of several dangerous deliveries.

Chelsea's former youth-team captain has made 11 appearances in the Premier League following a successful loan spell at Wigan Athletic last season and Lampard believes he has the gifts to play a huge part in his future plans.

"He's got a great, great delivery of cross and more than that. He's good on the ball, he's physically so good and he's so young. This is just the start for him," the Blues boss told a post-match news conference.

"The way I want us to play, the full-backs are going to be huge for us. If I want to get it right and get it to where I want it they have to be able to join in, they have to be an attacking threat.

"He certainly is for us. He's a big weapon at the minute that we have to use well. We have to anticipate those crosses now because they come in with a lot of juice on them.

"We have to be ready to anticipate and get across people and make goals like we did with the Tammy one."

Abraham moved on to 15 goals for the campaign but could arguably have walked away with the matchball after a profligate second half.

"I hope he's upset tonight because he should have had two or three. That's how a striker will be. I know Tammy's like that," Lampard added.

"At the same time, he got his goal. He keeps getting in there, his energy, his personality on the pitch.

"He's that all-round striker. Obviously the next stage is can you be a bit more clinical but I'm delighted with Tammy."

Jose Mourinho certainly sprung a surprise with his team for Tottenham's Premier League clash with runaway leaders Liverpool as he handed a top-flight debut to Japhet Tanganga.

The 20-year-old, whose only previous experience of senior football came in an EFL Cup tie, operated in a centralised right-back role behind Serge Aurier, and was handed the unenviable task of shackling Sadio Mane.

Though Spurs were unable to record their third clean sheet of the season, Tanganga had an encouraging debut, winning 71.4 per cent of his duels.

We took a closer look at Tanganga's display in Spurs' 1-0 loss.

 

2' - It was quite an introduction to the Premier League for Tanganga, whose first touch was a goal-line block with his outstretched left leg to deny Roberto Firmino the opener. The Spurs youngster would have been well placed to thwart Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's follow-up effort had it been on target and not hit the post, though Tanganga was fortunate the ball did not go in via the back of his leg after it ricocheted off him. 

8' - Perhaps buoyed by that fine intervention, an eager Tanganga naively surged upfield to try to dispossess Mane, only to see the Senegal international easily turn away from trouble. Tanganga eventually brought Mane down and can count himself lucky not to have been booked.

22' - Spurs were utilising a somewhat hybrid formation, with regular right-back Aurier sometimes operating slightly further forward to account for the raiding Andy Robertson. However, as Aurier squared up to Mane with Tanganga directly behind him in support, nobody had thought about Robertson, with Spurs' debutant eventually recovering to snuff out the attempted cutback to Firmino. 

32' - Tanganga's next direct duel with Mane resulted in a victory for the rookie. He stepped in to win the ball, outmuscled the Reds attacker and burst forward. This time Mane brought down Tanganga, who needed some treatment on a blow to the back of the head sustained as he fell.

37' - The Liverpool breakthrough. The Spurs defending in the build-up was shoddy but Tanganga's attempt to cut out Mohamed Salah's pass to Firmino was futile, the Brazilian opening his body to fire the league leaders ahead.

62' - After a quiet start to the second half, Tanganga made his mark by winning a 50-50 against Jordan Henderson, nullifying a potential Liverpool counter-attack.

64' - Tanganga may have been fortunate early on when the ball hit the back of his leg and did not go in, but Lady Luck was not smiling on him just after the hour mark as he slipped, fell and saw Mane glide beyond him. Toby Alderweireld had to deal with Robertson's eventual cross.

65'-  The youngster was in the wars again moments later after a loose touch from Robertson saw him chase the ball and mistime a tackle on Tanganga, who was caught on the shin by the full-back's studs. VAR did not look at the incident again and both men were still on the ground in pain when Paulo Gazzaniga pushed away Mane's header.

69' - A double change for Spurs saw a new role for Tanganga, who shifted across to left-back after a chat with Mourinho when Danny Rose was withdrawn.

88' - Spurs pressed for a late leveller – one that never came – and the newcomer offered very little to their attacking cause, opting to pass backwards or across and rarely venturing beyond the halfway line. Tanganga was, unsurprisingly, tiring late on as he let Henderson easily go past him via a one-two.

Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game as relentless Liverpool won at Tottenham to go 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League following Leicester City's defeat to Southampton.

Firmino's first-half strike on Saturday took the runaway leaders to 61 points, a European record among the continent's big-five leagues after 21 games played.

Liverpool look unstoppable in their quest to be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years, with second-placed Leicester – who have played a game more than the Merseyside club – slumping to a 2-1 loss at home to Southampton.

The Foxes consigned the Saints to a record-equalling 9-0 drubbing in October, but had three goals ruled out for offside at the King Power Stadium and Danny Ings' 10th goal in his last 10 top-flight starts gave the south-coast club sweet revenge.

Manchester United replaced Sheffield United in fifth spot with a 4-0 drubbing of Norwich City at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford claiming a brace, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and was sent off in Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Chelsea are five points better off than the Red Devils in fourth, having avoided a third successive Premier League home defeat with a 3-0 victory over Burnley.

Richarlison scored the only goal in Everton's win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park, while Newcastle United and Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

 

FIRMINO GIVES REDS CAPITAL GAINS

Jurgen Klopp's all-conquering side took another stride towards an elusive title by making it 20 wins out of 21 in the Premier League.

A clinical finish from Firmino eight minutes before half-time was enough to seal maximum points in north London.

Son Hueng-min and Giovani Lo Celso squandered great chances to level for Spurs and they proved to be costly as Jose Mourinho's side suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats to sit in eighth spot.

INGS KEEPS SAINTS MARCHING

Southampton pulled off a magnificent victory to leave high-flying Leicester stunned.

Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans had goals disallowed for offside and Southampton had a penalty decision overturned by VAR in an action-packed encounter.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's upwardly mobile side were not to be denied maximum points, though, courtesy of a deflected first-half strike from Stuart Armstrong and a 14th of the season in the league from Ings – who hit the crossbar twice – either side of Dennis Praet's first Leicester goal.

 

RUTHLESS UNITED HAMMER CANARIES

Manchester United responded to their 3-1 EFL Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City with a ruthless demolition of bottom side Norwich.

Rashford took his tally of league goals this season to 14 with one in each half and Anthony Martial scored United's third two minutes after the England striker helped himself to a double from the penalty spot.

Mason Greenwood was given far too much time to add a fourth soon after coming off the bench as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side ran riot, leaving Norwich still seven points adrift of fourth-bottom Aston Villa.

AUBA AND OUT

Aubameyang's 15th top-flight goal of the campaign gave the Gunners a first-half advantage at Selhurst Park, but things turned sour for the striker after the break.

The Gabon international was initially booked by referee Paul Tierney for a challenge on Max Meyer, but a red card was brandished after a VAR review which took over two minutes. 

Jordan Ayew's deflected strike had brought injury-hit Palace level before Aubameyang was ordered off and neither side could force a derby winner.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stressed he did not intend to hurt Max Meyer in a challenge that earned the Arsenal captain a red card in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Gunners skipper had a mixed day at Selhurst Park, opening the scoring with his 14th Premier League goal of the season before being dismissed for the first time in his Arsenal career after Jordan Ayew had levelled for the hosts.

Aubameyang was initially only cautioned for his rash tackle on Meyer, but that was later changed to a red card by referee Paul Tierney after a lengthy VAR review, with replays showing the Arsenal striker had sunk his studs into the Palace midfielder's ankle.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson called the tackle "very, very bad" while Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta described it as "nasty", though Aubameyang was at pains to point out it was ill-judged rather than ill-mannered.

"Hopefully Max Meyer get well soon," Aubameyang wrote on Instagram.

"I really didn't want to challenge him so hard and I appreciate that the boys fought hard to take that win but unfortunately we come back with a draw we keep going."

Liverpool's seemingly unstoppable march towards a first Premier League title continued as Roberto Firmino's goal sealed a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's side are now a whopping 16 points ahead of second-place Leicester City – who lost to Southampton earlier in the day – although their lead at the summit could be cut to 14 points if Manchester City overcome Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Reds were dominant in the first half and made the most of their superiority when Firmino expertly drilled home from inside the penalty area after 37 minutes.

Son Hueng-min and Giovani Lo Celso squandered golden opportunities to snatch a scarcely deserved point for Jose Mourinho's men late on, with Liverpool ultimately holding on for yet another three points.

Liverpool twice came agonisingly close to going ahead inside two minutes. Firmino's initial effort was cleared off the line by top-flight debutant Japhet Tanganga, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lashing against the post from the follow-up.

Lucas Moura, Son and Dele Alli all missed the target from promising positions soon after, while at the other end Virgil van Dijk headed straight at Paulo Gazzaniga from just six yards.

There was little the Spurs goalkeeper could do to deny Firmino eight minutes before the interval, the Brazil international controlling Mohamed Salah's pass with a sublime touch before lashing in from 10 yards.

Spurs started the second half with a spring in their step and twice came close before the hour mark, with Serge Aurier testing Alisson and Son seeing an effort deflected narrowly wide.

The game was almost put out of their reach in the 66th minute but Gazzaniga got down sharply to paw away Sadio Mane's header.

Spurs rallied in the closing stages, with Son blazing over from a glorious position and substitute Lo Celso somehow diverting Aurier's cross wide from inside the six-yard box seven minutes from time.

Klopp was visibly furious at his side's defending, but it mattered little in the end as they held on for a win that strengthens their already formidable position at the summit.

 

What does it mean? Relentless Reds march on

Klopp's men have now taken a scarcely believable 88 points from their last 90 available in the Premier League, winning their last 12 matches in a row.

They rarely looked in danger of failing to claim all three points against a Spurs side desperately missing the presence of the injured Harry Kane in attack.

Mourinho, meanwhile, needs to turn his side's fortunes around sharpish. They have now won just one of their last five Premier League games and are nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Firmino's touch of class

Mane and Salah often steal the headlines, but Firmino once again proved his worth with a superb goal. His first touch was exquisite, and the finish was not bad either. He also created four chances for his team-mates.

Eriksen's Spurs career ending with a whimper

With a move to Inter seemingly on the cards, it was a surprise to see Christian Eriksen named in Mourinho's starting XI.

Despite creating a few chances, he failed to repay his manager's faith, serving up a dismal display where he was often outmuscled and appeared to be lacking intensity. 

What might be one of his last appearances in a Spurs shirt ended with a 69th-minute substitution.

What's next?

Tottenham host Middlesbrough in an FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday before visiting Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool, meanwhile, welcome bitter rivals Manchester United – the only side they have dropped points against this season – to Anfield on Sunday.

Sean Dyche refused to blame VAR for Burnley's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

Jorginho's first-half penalty and goals for Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi got Frank Lampard's men back to winning ways at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Burnley thought they had the lead through Jeff Hendrick, but Ben Mee was adjudged to be fractionally offside when nodding Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal.

Matthew Lowton then brought Willian down for Jorginho to dispatch the opener and Dyche had no complaints.

"They were too strong. We're a little bit stretched at the minute but I still like the starting XI," the Clarets manager told BBC Match of the Day.

"We set about it quite well in the opening period but then we give away a penalty.

"He does try and pull out but it’s still a penalty, he does make contact."

The VAR images relayed to broadcasters to highlight the Mee offside call arguably appeared inconclusive but Dyche, who was angered on the touchline at the time, was in no mood to haggle over millimetres.

"It is offside, isn't it? The debate can carry on for other people, I've got to be honest," he said.

"If he's offside, he's offside. There seems to be this big debate over whether he's an inch offside. So what are they going to do?

"Put the tolerance as two inches, three inches? We'll have a tolerance of four inches.

"Where do you draw the line? If he's offside, he's offside."

The one incident the Burnley boss took issue with was a shove on James Tarkowski in the build-up to Abraham heading past the limp efforts of goalkeeper Nick Pope seven minutes before half-time.

"I'm only aggrieved on the second one because we all talk about this minimal contact in the box – people get touched on the shoulder and somehow their legs collapse. They get penalties," he said.

"If you look, in the build-up James Tarkowski is pushed in the back and then he can't recover to go and try and win the header. Popey should deal with it, he knows that.

"Now, with VAR, I'm thinking that even though it's minor contact I keep seeing penalties given for minor contact. They've got to explain which is an important contact or not.

"That's a really important moment, of course. 2-0 is tough."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Juan Mata applauded Marcus Rashford after the striker became the third youngest player to reach 200 matches for Manchester United in Saturday's win over Norwich City.

United cruised to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford and Rashford got two of the goals, generally impressing as he tormented the Norwich defence until his second-half withdrawal.

The 22-year-old was representing the first team for the 200th time; only United greats George Best and Ryan Giggs have reached that landmark at a younger age than the England international.

Manager Solskjaer and team-mate Mata – the creator of two goals in the win – were full of praise for the United youth product, who has scored 19 times in all competitions this season.

Mata told BBC Sport: "He's our top-scorer, he's improving a lot. He's still 22 and has played 200 games.

"He's in a good run of performances and goals, and hopefully he can stay like that until the end of the season because he offers us so much."

"He's been exceptional," Solskjaer added. "He's a leader in the group and has 16, 17, 18, 19 goals - I don't know how many.

"He keeps producing, scoring goals and he was so composed with his finishes. It's a fantastic effort by Marcus to get 200 games so quickly at his age, and he got through most of the game.

"He was struggling a little bit, so we took him off, but two good goals. I'm very pleased with Marcus' performance."

Rashford reacted to his accomplishment after the match, as he struggled to comprehend emulating Best and Giggs.

"Beyond proud to become the third youngest player to hit 200 Man United games," he wrote on Twitter.

"[I] can't put into words what it means to follow Giggsy and George Best. Two goals and three points completes a perfect day."

Victory over Norwich keeps United fifth in the Premier League, five points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Juan Mata applauded Marcus Rashford after the striker became the third youngest player to reach 200 matches for Manchester United in Saturday's win over Norwich City.

United cruised to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford and Rashford got two of the goals, generally impressing as he tormented the Norwich defence until his second-half withdrawal.

The 22-year-old was representing the first team for the 200th time; only United greats George Best and Ryan Giggs have reached that landmark at a younger age than the England international.

Manager Solskjaer and team-mate Mata – the creator of two goals in the win – were full of praise for the United youth product, who has scored 19 times in all competitions this season.

Mata told BBC Sport: "He's our top-scorer, he's improving a lot. He's still 22 and has played 200 games.

"He's in a good run of performances and goals, and hopefully he can stay like that until the end of the season because he offers us so much."

"He's been exceptional," Solskjaer added. "He's a leader in the group and has 16, 17, 18, 19 goals - I don't know how many.

"He keeps producing, scoring goals and he was so composed with his finishes. It's a fantastic effort by Marcus to get 200 games so quickly at his age, and he got through most of the game.

"He was struggling a little bit, so we took him off, but two good goals. I'm very pleased with Marcus' performance."

Rashford reacted to his accomplishment after the match, as he struggled to comprehend emulating Best and Giggs.

"Beyond proud to become the third youngest player to hit 200 Man United games," he wrote on Twitter.

"[I] can't put into words what it means to follow Giggsy and George Best. Two goals and three points completes a perfect day."

Victory over Norwich keeps United fifth in the Premier League, five points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

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