Man U wins at home again to keep pressure on City in EPL

Sunday, 26 November 2017, 02:51:08 AM. Manchester United's home form is keeping it within sight of Manchester City at the top of the English Premier League.

LONDON (AP) - Manchester United's home form is keeping it within sight of Manchester City at the top of the English Premier League.

Brighton became the latest team to lose at Old Trafford after United won 1-0 to secure an eighth consecutive home league win on Saturday.

The goal came from an unlikely source as Ashley Young's second-half strike deflected into the top corner via Brighton defender Lewis Dunk. The win moved United back to within five points of unbeaten City, which plays Huddersfield on Sunday.

Brighton, which had been undefeated in its previous five league games, gave United one of its toughest challenges this season, but was ultimately punished for failing to take its chances.

"I want to be honest and give them what they deserve, for me probably they deserve more than the result they got," United manager Jose Mourinho said.

For United, its 39th home game in all competitions without defeat set a club record. The last lost at home was in September 2016 to Manchester City.

Tottenham's title challenge continued to fade by drawing West Bromwich Albion 1-1 at home, Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Stoke 2-1, and Watford kept up its free-scoring away form as it inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Newcastle 3-0.

WHOSE GOAL?

With United struggling to break through Brighton's defense, it found inspiration from an unlikely source in left back Young. The utility player picked up a clearance on the edge of the box and shot into the top corner.

"It's taken a deflection," said Young, who disagreed with the award of an own goal. "You know, it was going on target, so I'll be claiming that."

SPURS' SEASONAL STRUGGLES

Tottenham will be looking forward to the end of November. For a second consecutive season it has won just one of its three matches in the month.

Faced with a West Brom side that hadn't won in 10 league games and was playing for the first time after firing its manager Tony Pulis, Spurs could manage only a draw.

Harry Kane equalized 15 minutes from the end after Salomon Rondon gave stand in-manager Gary Megson the perfect start.

Mauricio Pochettino's side is 10 points adrift of Manchester City and will be playing catch up the rest of the way. Unlike a year ago, Spurs has a chance to end the month on a high note with a midweek trip to Leicester.

HAPPY TRAVELERS

Watford's run of scoring two goals in its league away games this season ended at Newcastle, but it didn't mind.

The Hornets went one better with a 3-0 win at St James' Park. Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored either side of a Deandre Yedlin own goal to secure a comfortable win.

Watford has more away points in seven matches this season than it managed in the whole of its previous campaign.

LATE WINNER

Mamadou Sakho scored in added time to give Crystal Palace its second win.

Xherdan Shaqiri's solo effort put Stoke in front shortly after halftime but Ruben Loftus-Cheek equalized just three minutes later.

With chances coming at both ends, it was the home side that prevailed as Sakho reacted first when Yohann Cabaye's effort came back off the post.

Bottom-placed Palace is unbeaten in its last four home games and is within three points of 17th-placed West Brom.

Also, Swansea and Bournemouth drew 0-0.

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