MANCHESTER, December 30: Manchester United climbed two places up to second in the Premier League after Marcus Rashford scored deep into stoppage time to give them a 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.
The result left United on 30 points from 15 games, two behind champions and leaders Liverpool who visit Newcastle United on Wednesday., while Wolves stayed 12th on 21 points.
Rashford gave United the win when it seemed the game was heading for a goalless stalemate, with his shot taking a deflection off Romain Saiss and beating goalkeeper at the near post after he cut inside from a Bruno Fernandes pass.
The visitors missed several chances in the first half as they stifled the home side with crisp one-touch passing but the best opportunity fell to the home side when Patricio kept out a Fernandes sitter in the 34th minute.
Patricio also clawed out a vicious long-range effort by Paul Pogba in the 75th minute and Wolves seemed to have done enough to earn a point after soaking up United pressure in the closing stages.
But they were undone from a seemingly innocuous move as Rashford picked up a long Fernandes pass on the right and with little support in the penalty area, he hit a hopeful shot which wrong-footed Patricio.
Quick-fire Alexandre Lacazette gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Brighton
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette scored 43 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute to secure a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Brighton, who have yet to win at home this season, held their own in the first half with the best chance falling to forward Alexis Mac Allister as he cut inside before curling a shot just over the crossbar in the 36th minute.
The second half opened with a penalty appeal for Brighton whose defender Lewis Dunk tripped over Mohamed Elneny as he tried to reach a corner, but the video assistant referee deemed the contact to be accidental.
Arsenal enjoyed plenty of possession but struggled to create chances, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going closest five minutes after the break as Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez managed to deflect the ball behind for a corner.
Lacazette replaced Gabriel Martinelli in the 66th minute and wasted no time putting his side ahead, taking a touch to control Bukayo Saka’s pass in the penalty area before curling the ball into the bottom corner.
Brighton never looked like equalising and the defeat leaves them in 17th place on 13 points from 16 games, two points above the relegation zone.
After a rocky run of seven games without a win came to an end against Chelsea on Boxing Day, Arsenal’s first back-to-back victories since the opening two games of the season in September moves them up to 13th on 20 points.
“I’m proud for the boys and happy for the result. Lacazette is in a good moment, he’s full of confidence,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
“We know we’ve been struggling with results, (and) the fact we won against Chelsea was a big boost. To come here and get another win was massively important,” he added. (Reuters)