Manchester United started the Ralf Rangnick era with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday when Tottenham crushed Norwich 3-0 to extend their recent revival under Antonio Conte. Leeds struck late to draw 2-2 against Brentford as new Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard prepared to close horns in the late game against Leicester alongside his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Rangnick, who took the reins for the first time, named an unchanged squad at Old Trafford after United beat Arsenal 3-2 in the middle of the week and was rewarded with a high-energy performance in the first half. , backed by a vocal crowd.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the hosts’ best chances as Palace initially struggled to get a foothold, but the match remained goalless at half-time.
United’s performance levels dropped in the second period and Rangnick threw Mason Greenwood and Anthony Elanga for Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford to inject fresh energy into his attack.
But it was Brazil midfielder Fred who often maligned, who broke the deadlock and turned an excellent attack from outside the box past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita back to a pass from Greenwood.
The three points elevate United to sixth place on the table, three points behind fourth West Ham.
Spurs are one point ahead of United with a game ahead of them after a 3-0 win over bottom-placed Norwich – their third consecutive Premier League victory.
Lucas Moura opened the scoring in the 10th minute. After a nice piece of skill to round a Norwich defender, he played a one-two with Son Heung-min, turning his marker and thundering an unstoppable driving force into the top corner of 20 yards.
Tottenham doubled their lead halfway through the second half when Davinson Sanchez smashed a loose ball from a corner.
Sun made it 3-0 in the 77th minute with a superb goal as Ben Davies and Oliver Skipp combined before the South Korean fired into the bottom corner.
Conte took over from the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo early last month, with Spurs languishing in the middle of the table after a poor series of results and starting to make an impact.
Brentford were denied a win at Elland Road as Patrick Bamford scored deep into the break to save a point for his team.
Tyler Roberts gave Leeds a 27-minute lead, sliding to Raphinha’s crossing from the left to push the ball home.
Shandon Baptiste equalized for Brentford from the edge of the penalty area in the 54th minute and Sergi Canos put the Londoners ahead seven minutes later.
But Bamford had the last word and kicked from close range in the 95th minute after a corner.
Manchester City are top of the Premier League after their 3-1 win over Watford on Saturday, one point ahead of Liverpool and two ahead of Chelsea.
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