Marcus Rashford saves Manchester United’s blushes

Here’s this week’s round-up of England players’ club fortunes. Some clean sheets, some goals and some stellar midfield performances.

It was, as a wise man once said, lovely stuff. Not my words, or his words, but the words of Shakin’ Stevens.

West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur raced into a 3-0 lead in Jose Mourinho’s first match in charge, with Dele Alli setting up the first and Harry Kane scoring the third.

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Spurs’ midfield pairing of Eric Dier and Harry Winks attracted plaudits and they, Kane and West Ham United’s Declan Rice all played 90 minutes. Alli played 79 and Danny Rose came on for the last 15.

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Callum Wilson got another 90 minutes under his belt in AFC Bournemouth’s loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another goalless 90 minutes; Wilson hasn’t scored since September.

Arsenal 2-2 Southampton

It’s all going wrong at Arsenal, where supporters reacted as one might expect to a dire home draw against Southampton.

James Ward-Prowse was one of six English starters for the Saints and tucked in the rebound when Bernd Leno saved his penalty.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy isn’t part of the England picture at the moment but when it comes to Leicester City goals the striker is canvas, frame, paint, artist, brush and crudely hammered nail.

His goal and assist saw the Foxes to a 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion despite an under-par performance by their current standards. Vardy, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison played the full 90.

There was no place in the Brighton squad for injured defender Lewis Dunk.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool’s relentless, resilient charge to the Premier League title continued with a late winner against Crystal Palace.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started. Joe Gomez made a late cameo.

Everton 0-2 Norwich City

Marco Silva’s time at Everton must be nearly up because their results continue to be very poor indeed. On Saturday England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was beaten twice at home by Norwich City.

Watford 0-3 Burnley

Things aren’t much better at Silva’s old club, Watford, who lost 3-0 at home to Burnley. Nick Pope and James Tarkowski claimed a clean sheet as two of the Clarets’ seven English starters.

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Tarkowski also sniffed out the late third goal after picking up a first-half yellow card.

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

Manchester City edged an entertaining Saturday teatime affair, with both John Stones and Raheem Sterling playing 90 minutes.

Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham both started for Chelsea and both came close to scoring. Mason Mount came on for the last 15 minutes.

Sheffield United 3-3 Manchester United

Sheffield United blew the lead against Manchester United and England’s Marcus Rashford was instrumental, setting up Mason Greenwood’s poked equaliser with a peachy cross and coolly scoring the goal that briefly put United ahead.

Rashford, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka played 90 minutes for the visitors. Jesse Lingard came on at half time.

Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United

Steve Bruce’s return to Aston Villa was an unhappy one as Tyrone Mings and Tom Heaton notched a clean sheet against Newcastle United on Monday night.

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He doesn’t play for England – yet – but Jack Grealish was exceptional.

Granada 1-1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid drew because of course they did. Kieran Trippier’s clocked up another 90 minutes.

Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Paderborn

Borussia Dortmund’s comeback against Paderborn arrived courtesy of a goal and an assist from England’s Jadon Sancho, but his Bundesliga journey is surely nearing its end.

Sancho’s relationship with his club is deteriorating by the week and a move back to England seems to be on the cards.

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