Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jose Mourinho sent to the stands again as Manchester United held by West Ham

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands
Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands
Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in three home Premier League games as Manchester United were once again held to an Old Trafford draw by struggling West Ham.

The Portuguese, who was dismissed against Burnley last month two days after incurring another Football Association charge for misconduct, was removed from the touchline having kicked a water bottle in anger over referee Jonathan Moss booking Paul Pogba for an apparent dive.

On the pitch, United were again unable to make their dominance count as they drew a fourth successive league game at home, this one finishing 1-1, despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelling out Diafra Sakho's early opener, to leave them eight points adrift of the Champions League qualification spots.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal overcame their November hoodoo to beat Bournemouth 3-1 to keep pace with the Premier League pace-setters.

The Gunners entertained the Cherries having not won a league game in the month of November since 2014 and although Sanchez drew first blood by capitalising on Steve Cook's error, Callum Wilson won a penalty that he converted himself to leave it all square at the interval.

But Wenger's side, who had seen Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all win the previous day, improved after the break and claimed the victory thanks to Theo Walcott's header and Sanchez's second to move them back to within three points of the summit.

Ronald Koeman's return to Southampton ended in defeat as Charlie Austin's first-minute goal earned Saints a 1-0 victory over Everton on the south coast.

Austin was Koeman's final signing at St Mary's before the Dutchman left for Merseyside in the summer and it took him just 41 seconds to remind his old boss of his quality with a poacher's goal after being set up by impressive teenage debutant Josh Sims.

The defeat leaves Everton with just one win in their previous eight league games, with Koeman's current team now just two points ahead of the club he departed.

Stoke had a slice of fortune at Watford as an own goal from Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saw them get back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

Potters boss Mark Hughes made five changes to his starting line-up and was rewarded midway through the first half when Charlie Adam's header came off a post and went in off Gomes' legs.

It was tough for Watford boss Walter Mazzarri to take, particularly after Adam confessed to pushing Valon Behrami in the build up afterwards, and the Italian refused to shake Hughes' hand at the final whistle of a fiery encounter which saw Miguel Britos dismissed late on.

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