Paul Pogba volleyed in the winning goal as Manchester United moved top of the Premier League by winning 1-0 at Burnley.

United only needed a point on Tuesday to move above champions Liverpool ahead of the two teams' crunch clash at Anfield this weekend.

But the resurgent Pogba converted Marcus Rashford's cross with 19 minutes left to ensure United moved three points clear of their great rivals.

Burnley defended well but did not manage a single shot on target, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had a first-half goal Harry Maguire goal disallowed.

The hosts went close early on when Eric Bailly made a key block to divert Chris Wood's effort away from David de Gea's goal.

Anthony Martial fired off target when a presentable chance was given to him by Nemanja Matic before VAR took centre stage.

After a long review, Robbie Brady's foul on Edinson Cavani just outside the area was rescinded and Luke Shaw was booked for a foul on Johann Gudmundsson earlier in the move, with Burnley calling for a red.

Maguire impressively headed in a Shaw cross only for a foul to be awarded for his duel with Erik Pieters. Nick Pope then impressively kept out a Martial curler to ensure the first half ended goalless.

A golden opportunity went begging after the break when Cavani scuffed a close-range effort straight at Burnley keeper Pope after Martial had squared into his path.

Rashford had been enduring a quiet evening out on the right until he picked out Pogba at the edge of the penalty area just as it began to look like United would have to settle for a draw.

Pogba latched on to it and superbly volleyed in, with a deflection off Matthew Lowton ensuring Pope was powerless to keep it out.

There were a couple of late scares for United, with James Tarkowski squandering an opportunity and Maguire not penalised amid claims of handball, but they held on with only late injuries to Martial – who had a last-gasp shot saved by Pope - and Nemanja Matic dampening the mood.
 

Christian Pulisic will have to undergo a scan to assess an injury sustained during the warm-up ahead of Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley, Frank Lampard has confirmed.

Timo Werner was drafted into the starting line-up after Pulisic, who scored a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture last season, tweaked his hamstring prior to kick-off on Saturday.

Chelsea were unfazed by the United States international's absence, with Hakim Ziyech netting the opener to become their first player since Diego Costa in 2014 to score in each of his first two starts in all competitions.

Kurt Zouma powered in his third Premier League goal of the season – already a career-best tally – before Ziyech teed up Werner to round off the scoring with 20 minutes remaining.

The injury to Pulisic, who came on as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 win over Krasnodar on Wednesday, was the only sour note for Chelsea, but though he was confident it would not mean a long spell on the sidelines, Lampard could not give any guarantees. 

"Christian had a small sensation in his hamstring. So, we had to pull him," Lampard told a news conference.

"He couldn't play the game and he felt that in part of the warm-up. We will have to scan it.

"He is frustrated as he got fit and we rested him in the week where he comes on and scores. He is so keen to do well for us but we have to scan him and see how it is, so I can’t give you a time on that."

Chelsea have now kept clean sheets in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since October 2018 and Lampard is pleased to see his team developing positively.

"It was a very complete performance. It's a tough place to come here and play, they make it very difficult," Lampard added.

"You know you have to defend your box well, you have to be very strong with the first and second balls. I wanted that to be one focus and the other to be to keep developing the way we play on the ball.

"That is what really pleased me today. Some of the passing and the movement in the team was very good. It feels like a nice step forward.

"I keep talking about the work we need to do, we are nowhere near the end of the road with that, so the performance was a really solid win. Certainly we have had good momentum from this week.

"I'm not going to jump and up and down after a win like this, but it was a really positive day."

Burnley failed to register a single shot on target against the Blues but Sean Dyche was frustrated his team were not awarded a penalty when Edouard Mendy and Ashley Barnes collided in the fifth minute.

"I think we started well. We should have had a penalty, but we know our record with penalties – I don't know what penalties are or aren't any more. I'm not remotely saying that would win us the game, but it would have given us a chance," said Dyche.

The Clarets have been awarded five penalties in the Premier League since the start of the 2017-18 season, the fewest of any ever-present team in that time.

He continued: "We're getting punished for everything. That's how it is, things go against you or feel like they're going against you.

"It's a challenge. The feeling that winning brings, the confidence it brings, it adds to what you're trying to achieve. There has to be a bit of realism – playing against these sides, top six sides, they can punish you, and they punished us today.

"I don't panic in general, to be honest. I don't think panicking will change anything. I think structure, organisation and hard work, that may change things."

Burnley players blocking Alisson at set-pieces was the reason for Jurgen Klopp remonstrating with referee David Coote after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Klopp was disappointed with the lack of protection received by the Brazil goalkeeper as Liverpool's 24-game home winning run in the Premier League was ended by Sean Dyche's side.

Andy Robertson headed the Reds in front during a dominant first half, but they were unable to add to their tally with Nick Pope in inspired form.

Jay Rodriguez fired a 69th-minute equaliser in for Burnley and they would have won it had Johan Gudmundsson not been denied by the crossbar late on.

The draw dented Liverpool's hopes of surpassing Manchester City's record haul of 100 points – they must now win their remaining three games to do so.

Klopp, joined by Robertson, fumed at the referee and his assistants on the pitch at the final whistle and explained the reason for his actions in a post-match news conference.

"I spoke [to the referee] about the goalkeeper situations," said Klopp.

"I feel like we've lost the game, we didn't, I know that, and maybe it's not the best time to talk about these things … but how can you let it happen? When a corner comes in, three players are allowed to block the goalie - that's just not how it should be.

"But for the ref it was not a foul or not a problem and that's why he didn't whistle in these situations. That's what I told him, but it had no influence on the result."

Roberto Firmino hit the post early in the second half and remains without a Premier League goal at Anfield this season.

However, the Brazil international created six chances for his team-mates and Klopp does not think his lack of home league goals could become a serious issue for him.

"It cannot become a psychological problem for him because Bobby played an outstanding game today and we don't judge him, so I hope he won't read your newspaper if you make a story of it," said Klopp.

"We just don't think about it. It's not important who scores. We need Bobby for other things. We need Bobby in exactly the spaces where he was today. We need him as the link-up for all the other things.

"We only have chances because Bobby plays the way he plays, and he will score, there's absolutely no doubt about it. We are not worried at all about that, because he played an outstanding game today and was involved in so many decisive situations.

"Nobody scored apart from Robbo [Robertson] with a header, so it will not become a problem."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was proud of his players for riding out the storm and coming away with a point to boost their hopes of a return to European football.

"I thought, [in the] first half they [Liverpool] were terrific, as they have been virtually all season. Not just with the ball, they press, they harry you, they hardly give you a chance to get in the game, which we didn't, we had to just defend," said Dyche.

"That's the way it is sometimes against the top sides. We just about hung in there. The keeper made a couple of big saves and big moments. We did have one golden chance for Jay Rodriguez and a couple of moments from set-pieces, so we'd done enough to at least ask a question.

"At half-time I said to them, 'Look, even for top sides I think it's difficult for them to keep that up for what ends up being a 95-minute game.'

"They didn't quite manage that, still very good second half, but I thought we just about found a foothold in the game and started asking more questions.

"I thought we were a threat from set-pieces all day and then we found a big moment, which we have done lately."

Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez helped themselves to two goals apiece as Manchester City ran up a 5-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Sean Dyche only being able to name seven substitutes – including two goalkeepers – suggested his team were ill-equipped for the task at hand, and so it proved.

There was little doubt over the outcome from the moment Foden produced a sweetly struck 22nd-minute opener.

Mahrez and David Silva scored beautifully constructed goals either side of the former slotting home a penalty in first-half stoppage time.

Foden, who also completed the scoring in last Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Arsenal, was on target again in the 63rd minute and City's win means Liverpool's title wait will go on a little longer.

Jurgen Klopp's men cannot mathematically be confirmed as champions when they host Crystal Palace this week, with their mammoth lead trimmed to 20 points.

City initially lacked tempo and struggled to get in behind a deep-lying Burnley defence, something Foden took out of the equation by arrowing a stunning 25-yard strike into the bottom-right corner.

A glorious raking pass from Fernandinho was met with a deft first touch from Mahrez that allowed him to torment Charlie Taylor before firing home across Nick Pope right footed.

The Burnley goalkeeper guessed correctly but could not prevent the Algeria international from making it 3-0 from the spot, after a VAR review showed Ben Mee was fractionally late into his challenge on Sergio Aguero.

Aguero hobbled out of the action as a result of that incident but it did nothing to check City's momentum, with Foden once again instrumental in the 51st minute – releasing Bernardo Silva with a delicious reverse pass. David Silva was the beneficiary among those queueing up to score.

Kevin De Bruyne's introduction in place of Mahrez with an hour played was a sorry sight for the beleaguered visitors and the Belgium star scythed through midfield in his typical manner, feeding Bernardo Silva whose low cross was touched towards Foden by Gabriel Jesus for another fine finish.

During the match, Burnley issued a statement to strongly condemn those responsible for a plane flown over the Etihad Stadium carrying a banner that read "White Lives Matter Burnley".

What does it mean? Life after Sane for City

Pep Guardiola's confirmation that Bayern Munich-bound Leroy Sane - a late substitute for Foden - will not sign a new contract at the club made headlines on Friday and his suggestion he might not seek a replacement for the Germany winger raised eyebrows among some of the City faithful. The men in possession certainly made their case, with Foden deployed in the left-wing berth where Sane excelled and Mahrez locating the devastating Leicester City form he has only shown sparingly since moving to Manchester.

Foden fans expectations once more

Such is Foden's status, as a homegrown talent and a boyhood fan of a club where the route from the academy to the first team has been largely blocked over the past decade, considerable scrutiny awaits his every appearance. The fact he thrives under this microscope suggests a temperament to match his talent. Across 12 starts in all competitions this term, the England Under-21 playmaker has five goals and seven assists.

Behind-the-scenes ructions sell Dyche short

Burnley rarely looked like a side heading into this match on a seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. The coronavirus hiatus obviously robbed them of that momentum but Dyche certainly deserved better than having a chunk of first-team regulars unavailable due to contract brinkmanship. He made his displeasure with the situation fairly clear before kick-off and a third consecutive 5-0 thrashing on this ground will have done little for his mood. The Burnley board must act judiciously to patch up relations with a man who is unquestionably their most valuable asset.

What's next?

City are on the road at Chelsea on Thursday, when Burnley host Watford.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche claimed referee Jonathan Moss "changed his performance" after exchanging words with Tottenham staff at half-time during Burnley's 1-1 draw with Jose Mourinho's side.

The Clarets were leading 1-0 through Chris Wood's 13th-minute goal when, according to Dyche, members of Mourinho's backroom team spoke with Moss, prompting a flurry of second-half cautions.

Burnley received no yellow cards before half-time but had five players booked in the second half, while Spurs received a single booking in the first half and finished the game with four.

Dyche told Sky Sports he felt Moss had been influenced by the visitors, saying: "There were some words at half-time going off the pitch with a few of their staff and the referee, and then the referee changed his performance I thought.

"That sometimes happens. You hope it doesn't, but I thought that second half there was everything seemed to be given for very little.

"I think we had six bookings. I haven't seen every incident but that seems bizarre to me."

The result left Burnley 10th in the table with nine games left to play, two points behind Tottenham in eighth.

Dyche's men are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches and could yet match or better their best finish since being promoted – seventh place in 2017-18.

But Dyche called for the game's authorities to review refereeing incidents that he feels are spoiling his side's matches, pointing to a penalty claim that fell flat after striker Chris Wood was challenged in the box.

"I think the game has got to be careful at the minute and the powers that be need to take a look at what's going on," said Dyche.

"You can't not get a decision because you're trying to play the game correctly. I don't think you can do that. That's wrong. We all know that.

"So they've got to look at that, and today was a good example of that. Chris Wood, fouled in the box, definite foul - if that's anywhere else on the pitch it's given as a foul - and yet it's not, in the box today."

Mikel Arteta was pleased with Arsenal's defensive resilience in their 0-0 draw at Burnley, but the Spaniard acknowledged his side are "very far from what I want" when it comes to attacking quality.

A run of 11 successive wins for the Gunners against Burnley came to a deserved end at Turf Moor, where the hosts went closest to snatching three points when Jay Rodriguez hit the underside of the crossbar from close range late on.

Arsenal remain well adrift of the Premier League's top four, while they have now won only two of their last 17 top-flight matches, including just one victory in seven league games since Arteta took charge.

Reflecting on a frustrating display, which had begun encouragingly with clear chances for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arteta told Sky Sports: "We have to improve quality-wise. We are very far from what I want in terms of sustaining attacks and being more unpredictable in our play, but that's a process.

"We generated the chances that you expect here to put the game to bed. We didn't do it.

"I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes: the way we came out, the way we controlled the game, the opportunities that we generated. And we were on top of the game. I think we had the chances to score one or two goals in that moment.

"After 20-25 minutes, we started to give some sloppy passes away, to concede free-kicks, throw-ins, corners and that sequence [is] very difficult to get out of that."

Arteta was at least satisfied with the manner in which his side stood up to the hosts' threat, adding: "The way the boys defended the box, it was really good. I think we have improved a lot in the way we have conceded [fewer] chances."

Arsenal will await news on the fitness of Bukayo Saka, who was withdrawn at half-time after suffering an injury during the opening period.

"We need to assess him but he was in pain," said Arteta.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche adopted a heavily sarcastic tone as he again discussed opposition players apparently going to ground too easily.

Asked if he had been frustrated by a number of Arsenal players going down, Dyche told Sky Sports: "No, not at all. I think the game's in a fantastic state. I think it's lovely to watch when people are falling over. I love it. It's my favourite part of the game at the moment."

Pressed on whether it was an issue that needed addressing, Dyche remained sardonic, replying: "No, because no one wants to address it, apart from me it seems, so I'm absolutely happy with the state of the game, as everyone should be."

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."

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal as Chelsea shrugged off their home struggles with a 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard had seen his team lose three of their past four top-flight matches on their own patch and they had an early scare when a debatable offside call denied Jeff Hendrick the opener.

However, Jorginho's 27th-minute penalty and Tammy Abraham's 15th of the season in all competitions settled nerves.

Hudson-Odoi then got in on the act and only some later wastefulness from Abraham averted a heavier defeat for Burnley, who are four points above the relegation zone in 15th having played a game more than the four sides immediately below them.

Burnley thought they were ahead in the 18th minute, but Ben Mee was flagged offside when he nodded Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal for Hendrick to finish.

A VAR review allowed a marginal call from the referee's assistant to stand and the visitors again had no help from the video official when Chelsea went ahead.

Although Matthew Lowton pulled his boot out of a challenge on Willian, who appeared to be anticipating contact, he still clattered into the Brazil winger and Jorginho coolly dispatched from 12 yards.

McNeil's set pieces were causing Chelsea problems, with Kepa Arrizabalaga turning a low attempt to his near post behind before Mee's header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Ross Barkley.

Mee's positioning might have inconvenienced Nick Pope when the Burnley goalkeeper waved Abraham's header into his net.

Pope partially atoned for that bizarre lapse with a sharp stop from Reece James, who crossed impeccably for Abraham's goal.

Lax Burnley defending allowed Hudson-Odoi to slide in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross four minutes after the restart, with a VAR check concluding Abraham did not get a flick on that would have seen the goal ruled out for offside.

Abraham misjudged to head over at the near post, having been denied by a reflex stop from Pope, who kept out a Willian piledriver and first-time Mason Mount strike inside the final 15 minutes.

What does it mean? Chelsea keep their grip on fourth

On a day when Manchester United were similarly convincing winners over Norwich City, Lampard's men were able to keep the gap between themselves and the Red Devils in fifth at five points. Chelsea are now unbeaten in three league matches after an uneven run and will hope to relocate their early season consistency.

Dwight a delight for cumbersome Clarets

No doubt Sean Dyche's complaints about VAR, diving and other injustices, imagined or otherwise, will dominate the post-match conversation as far as Burnley are concerned. That is a tedious shame because in England Under-21 winger McNeil they have a wonderful talent on their hands. His left-footed deliveries were devilish throughout, while his probing and powerful running kept Chelsea honest long after the result was a formality.

Lowton and Pope undermine Dyche's best-laid plans

Burnley's gameplan on these occasions is built upon organisation, discipline and not having too much of the ball. While that leaves them feeling the effects of tight calls more than most, it also means they cannot afford errors of the sort Lowton and Pope coughed up to skew what had been an even contest.

What's next

Chelsea travel to Newcastle United next Saturday, with Burnley hosting high-flying Leicester City a day later as they seek to avoid a fifth consecutive top-flight loss.

Danny Drinkwater will return to Chelsea this month after making just two appearances for Burnley since joining on loan.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirmed at a news conference on Friday that the midfielder would be heading back to Stamford Bridge.

Drinkwater played just once in the Premier League for Burnley, in the 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City on December 3, having also started the shock 3-1 home loss to Sunderland in the EFL Cup in August.

The 29-year-old said it was "time to get my career back on track" when he signed a deal with Burnley that expires on January 6.

"It was a bit of a complicated time at Chelsea, but I see this as a positive move and I'm looking forward to getting going," he said.

However, Drinkwater struggled to break into Dyche's first-team plans and he suffered an ankle injury during an alleged altercation outside a Manchester nightclub in September, further curtailing his attempt to rejuvenate his career.

Drinkwater played only 23 times for Chelsea after joining for a reported £35million from Leicester City, having helped the Foxes to their shock Premier League title triumph in 2015-16.

There are reports Aston Villa could make an attempt to sign him on loan for the remainder of the season.

Jose Mourinho compared Son Heung-min's solo strike in Tottenham's 5-0 win against Burnley to a famous goal scored by Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Son picked up the ball just outside his own 18-yard box, took on several opposition players and fired past Nick Pope to steal the show in Saturday's one-sided affair.

The mazy run and finish was described by former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker as the goal of the season, while Mourinho saw similarities to the stunning individual effort by then-Barcelona star Ronaldo against Compostela in 1996.

Mourinho was assistant to Barca coach Bobby Robson at the time of that incredible strike and has since described Ronaldo as "the best player I'd ever seen take to the field".

The Tottenham coach revealed on Saturday that Son had already earned a new nickname in the Mourinho household coming into the Burnley game.

"It is a tremendous goal. Even before this goal, my son calls him 'Sonaldo' after Ronaldo Luis Nazario," Mourinho said at his post-match news conference. 

"The only thing that comes to my mind is the goal when I had the honour of being next to Sir Bobby Robson when Ronaldo scored a wonderful goal.

"From the outside, I had a feeling. I remember speaking to Sir Alex [Ferguson] about Park Ji-sung. Maybe it's a cultural thing. These players are very coachable. The kid is fantastic. I'm very happy, so happy."

Harry Kane scored twice in the Burnley rout, while Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko were also on target as Spurs made it 16 goals scored in five matches under Mourinho.

Four of those games have ended in victory, with Tottenham closing to within six points of the Premier League's top four and already through to the last 16 of the Champions League ahead of their midweek clash with Bayern Munich.

Mourinho plans to leave out Kane for the trip to Bavaria, but 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott could make an appearance after being handed his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Burnley.

"Today he played in the Premier League at the age of 17," Mourinho said. "Will he play against Bayern Munich? I don't know. All I can say is Harry Kane won't. Who plays, we'll see.

"This was a perfect day for us - no injuries, a clean sheet, goals, perfect football, kids coming on for their first Premier League football. Finally, the boys get a day off tomorrow that I've not been able to give them yet."

Burnley fell to 13th after a third defeat in a row, and manager Sean Dyche acknowledged the past week had been a reality check for his side.

"We've given the ball away five times and they've scored five goals," he told reporters. "It's unlike us, even against these good sides, to give the ball away so often, and it's been a tough day.

"We've shown we can play against these sort of teams and make life awkward, and we have to get back to that.

"We didn't start with that edge you need and it's been a week of reality for us, but we know there's a huge gulf in this league when the big teams are on it, so for us now it's onwards and upwards."

Liverpool cruised to a 5-2 victory in the Merseyside derby against Everton as they consolidated their lead at the top of the Premier League, despite a much-changed team.

Meanwhile, Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho endured an unhappy return to Old Trafford as his side lost 2-1 to Manchester United - the Portuguese has not won there as a visiting boss in his past five attempts.

Defending champions Manchester City thrashed Burnley 4-1 as Pep Guardiola made it eight wins in his nine games against the Clarets.

A midweek round of Premier League fixtures brought a range of milestones and telling stats, the best of which are below.

KLOPP ECLIPSES SHANKLY, PAISLEY AND DALGLISH 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will likely need to deliver the Premier League title to secure his place in the pantheon of Anfield greats.

However, the German has put down a few markers suggesting he is ready to join the Kop's hall of fame by becoming the fastest Liverpool manager to 100 league victories. Klopp completed the feat in 159 games – quicker than Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool secured the win over Everton thanks to a brace from Divock Origi, and one goal apiece for Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum.

They are now unbeaten in their past 32 Premier League games which is their longest run without defeat in top-flight history.

Marco Silva's final match at the helm saw him become the first Everton manager to concede five league goals against Liverpool in a single match since Howard Kendall in November 1982.

 

MORE OF THE SAME FOR MOURINHO 

United's 2-1 win over Tottenham, secured courtesy of two goals from Marcus Rashford – taking his tally to nine in 10 games – made Mourinho's return to his old club a miserable one.

Mourinho has won none of his past five away Premier League matches against the Red Devils (D3 L2), failing to beat four different managers in that time – Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It was also Tottenham 35th Premier League defeat against United – more than they have suffered against any other team. 

Spurs' defence must also be a concern for Mourinho. They have conceded twice in their four matches in all competitions under the Portuguese – they only had a run of conceding two or more goals in four consecutive games once under Mauricio Pochettino, doing so in February and March 2015.

Midfielder Dele Alli has started to rediscover some of his old form, though, and his equaliser for Spurs was his third goal in as many appearances for the club in all competitions – the first time since March 2017 he has enjoyed such a purple patch.

 

CITY THREE AND EASY UNDER PEP

Gabriel Jesus' brace and one apiece for midfielders Rodri and Riyad Mahrez gave City some much-needed confidence with a 4-1 thrashing of Burnley – although they remain 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Jesus is now the third highest-scoring Brazilian player in Premier League history (32 goals), trailing only Philippe Coutinho (41) and Roberto Firmino (52).

It was the 36th time City have won a Premier League game by three or more goals under Guardiola – the most of any team in the competition since the start of the 2016-17 season.

David Silva's creative skills remain key for City and he took his tally to six assists from open play in the league this season – just one fewer than he managed in 33 games last season.

Burnley have now conceded 11 goals in their three home games against 'big six' opposition in the Premier League this season, compared to only two goals in five home games against the rest.

 

LJUNGBERG'S LOSS A DROUGHT-BREAKING BOOST FOR BRIGHTON

Managerless, beaten at home by Brighton and Hove Albion and now nine games without victory in all competitions – Gunners fans have every right to be gloomy.

Arsenal's 2-1 loss to the Seagulls made this their longest winless streak since a run of 10 between February and March of 1977.

Mesut Ozil registered his first assist in the league since February when his corner was met by Alexandre Lacazette, but the French forward's 25th English top-flight goal at Emirates Stadium failed to avert a first defeat for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Adam Webster had opened the scoring before the interval and Brighton were able to celebrate their first Premier League away win over 'big six' opposition following Neal Maupay's 80th-minute header.

Arsenal, booed off at full-time, have faced 52 shots on target in home league games this season, four more than in the entire Invincibles campaign of 2003-04.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche claims he has been told by "prominent managers" to stop talking about diving because it will affect his career.

Dyche has never hidden his disdain for simulation and was last weekend outspoken on the issue once more when Callum Hudson-Odoi was shown a yellow card for going to ground too easily after a VAR review in Burnley's 4-2 loss to Chelsea at Turf Moor.

In a radio interview this weekend, the Clarets boss called out "blatant diving" in the Premier League and stated he considers a booking to be insufficient punishment.

Despite suggestions from colleagues that his complaints could have an adverse impact on his future prospects, Dyche plans to stick to his guns.

"We've got a meeting coming up with the Premier League and it is one of the talking points, so that could be interesting. I'm not backward in coming forward," said Dyche.

"I've been told by other prominent managers to stop going on about it because it will affect my career.

"I said, 'Sorry, not my bag'. You have to be true to yourself and able to look at yourself in the mirror.

"A couple of managers said it could affect me. I'm the bad guy, don't forget.

"But at the end of the day, it was a passing comment over a chat, and I said it wasn't my thing."

Dyche has particular concerns about the amount of diving he has seen in youth football.

He said: "Bear in mind I've been in football all my life, I've watched it all my life, at every age group, from seven, which my lad Max played in, through every age group … and people are going down with nothing wrong with them, and all that.

"And somehow I end up coming out of it the bad guy. I can't fathom it at all.

"I keep meeting people – unless I only happen to meet the only people who don't like diving – fans who've caned us, but then saying, 'By the way, you were right though about diving'.

"I don't know how it happens, people factually diving, feigning injury – which is even worse than diving – and I mention it, and people say I'm making excuses.

"Eh? I've been making excuses for five years? How's that then, we're still in the Premier League, what excuses am I making?

"They all see it with their own eyes, yet it's, 'No, I don't think so, he touched his earlobe with his breath'. That makes it all right then.

"If your kid cheats at a maths test, do you tell them, 'Well done'?"

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says there is a serious problem with "blatant diving" in the Premier League and has called for harsher punishments for simulation.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was booked after going to ground to win a penalty in Chelsea's 4-2 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Dyche said after the match that "it is shambolic how people dive about the place", with Hudson-Odoi initially having been awarded a spot-kick by referee Michael Oliver before a VAR review.

The 48-year-old has regularly been outspoken when it comes to concerns about how easily players drop to the deck and he believes the issue has reached "unacceptable" levels in English football.

He told talkSPORT: "Just to clear it up, this is nothing against Hudson-Odoi – he's a fantastic young talent and I'm sure he's got a great career in front of him – or Chelsea for beating us, because they were too strong for us and Frank [Lampard] is doing a great job.

"This is about the biggest picture of the game. We get told to respect everything and everyone, but the powers that be and certain players at certain times are not respecting the actual game and what it stands for.

"I'm not talking about gamesmanship and clearness of players – that's been there forever. I was a centre-half, and not a very good one, and if a centre-forward goes past me and I clip his ankles and he goes down, that's my fault and I accept that.

"We're talking about blatant diving, people who get no contact at all. These are highly powered and highly athletic players who have incredible balance, and yet somehow they seem to be going to ground all over the place with minimal touch and I think it's unacceptable.

"The sanction has got to be stronger than just a yellow card. I was flummoxed in the Premier League meeting earlier this year when they said the worst that can happen [if someone dives] is they get a yellow card.

"It's ridiculous! It gives everyone a free shot. They'll be doing it all the time. Players will be thinking, 'I'll take a yellow card if there's a chance I might get a penalty.'

"No one really wants to take it on – I seem to be a lone voice in this – but hopefully people will start listening and will try and get rid of it."

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