Man United win, scrap in tunnel; Liverpool hold City
- 20 Mar 2017 at 01:32
- WRITER: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia walks in the third goal in United's 3-1 win, after an error caught Middlesbrough goalkeeper Víctor Valdes out of the area. (Reuters photo)
MIDDLESBROUGH - A tunnel bust-up erupted after Manchester United's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough on Sunday that lifted Jose Mourinho's team out of sixth place in the Premier League for the first time in 19 weeks.
There was a heated on-field fracas involving Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede and United's Eric Bailly in stoppage time and the dispute continued after the game, coming to a head in the tunnel.
Premier League Sunday
Middlesbrough 1, Manchester United 3
Tottenham 2, Southampton 1
Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1
West Bromwich Albion 3, Arsenal 1
Everton 4, Hull 0
Crystal Palace 1, Watford 0
Sunderland 0, Burnley 0
Chelsea 2, Stoke 1
Leicester 3, West Ham 2
Bournemouth 2, Swansea 0
Bailly and his teammate, Ashley Young, appeared most unhappy.
Manchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground in the Premier League following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the Merseysiders with a game in hand thanks to Sergio Aguero's equalising goal.
Tottenham Hotspur kept up the distant chase of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Southampton to cut the gap to 10 points.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in each half extended Tottenham's unbeaten home record as they claimed a 10th successive league win at White Hart Lane.
Fielding a weakened team and playing its third game in six days, United looked like easing to victory after goals by Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard - a spectacular strike from the edge of the area - put the visitors 2-0 up by the 62nd minute.
Middlesbrough, which fired manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday, dominated the final half-hour and reduced the deficit in the 77th when Gestede took advantage of defensive errors to score from close range.
United held out despite late pressure and added a third in the third minute of injury time when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes - a former United player - slipped as he was about to make a clearance, allowing Antonio Valencia to walk the ball into the net.
United moved above Arsenal into fifth place with an eighth win in its last 11 matches in all competitions.
"The game was tough," Fellaini said. "They pushed and played long balls and are physical. We did it. We did well."
United manager Jose Mourinho was without suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera, while Paul Pogba was injured and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only on the substitutes' bench.
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