PL round-up: United’s top-four hopes dented; Boro into bottom three

Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish suffered a blow after being held to a 1-1 draw by Bournemouth, as Middlesbrough dropped into the bottom three following defeat at Stoke.

Also at the bottom Crystal Palace claimed a major success at West Brom, whilst Leicester beat Hull CIty.

In the early kick-off the home team dominated for huge chunks of the match at Old Trafford and they looked on course for the win once they took the lead after 23-minutes when Marcos Rojo diverted in an Antonio Valencia cross, but instead of opening the floodgates it only stirred Bournemouth to battle harder and the game turned into a bad-tempered affair.

Andrew Surman was red carded just before half-time for a second bookable offence – but before that both Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could have seen red.

Firstly Mings caught the head of the Swede when looking to jump over him, but it seems he was looking at home before doing it. Then in the aftermath Mings was caught by an elbow from Ibrahimovic and both players will be lucky not to face retrospective action.

This all came just after Bournemouth levelled matters from the penalty spot with former United player Josh King finishing after Phil Jones had fouled Danny Pugh.

Into the second-half and United had lots of chances to win, but the best of these came from the penalty spot with 15-minutes after Adam Smith was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the box but the Swede could not beat Artur Boruc.

The result means that United’s hopes of a top-four finish have taken a blow and BetVictor have cut them to 6/5 from 10/11.

At the other end of the table Middlesbrough dropped into the relegation zone after a 2-0 loss at Stoke City with Marko Arnautovic claimed a first-half brace. Boro are now three points adrift of safety.

The reason Boro drop into the bottom three is because Crystal Palace claimed an excellent 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.

Second-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend gave Sam Allardyce’s side the three points, which means back-to-back wins for The Eagles.

Swansea claimed a last-gasp win over Burnley at the Liberty Stadium with Fernando Llorente giving them a 3-2 win. Lorente opened the scoring before Andre Gray levelled from the spot on 20-minutes and then gave his side the lead on the hour.

But Martin Olsson levelled on 69 minutes before Llorente pounced two-minutes into added time for the win.

Swansea are now five points clear of the bottom three as are Leicester after they claimed a 3-1 win over Hull City as caretaker Craig Shakespeare claimed back to back wins.

Sam Clucas had given Hull the lead, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Christian Fuchs levelled on the half hour before Riyad Mahrez put them ahead on the hour.  The win was sealed in injury time when Tom Huddlestone put through his own net.

Southampton jumped into tenth place after sharing seven goals with Watford at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney put Watford ahead on four minutes but Dusan Tadic levelled for Claude Puel’s men.

Nathan Redmond put Southampton ahead on the stroke of half-time but Watford again levelled through Stefan Okaka. The Saints then took control with two goals in three minutes from the free-scoring Gabbiadini and Redmond. Abdoulaye Doucoure had time to pull another back but it was no more than a consolation.

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