A brilliant solo goal by Jesse Lingard secured a 4-2 win for Manchester Unitedin a dramatic game at Watford.
United seemed to have things wrapped up after just over half an hour as Ashley Young scored two superb goals against his former club and Anthony Martial added a third.
Young opened the scoring with a fine strike from Lingard’s 19th-minute pass and made it 2-0 six minutes later from a 25-yard free kick before Martial struck.
Watford produced a stirring response and got right back into the game through a penalty from Troy Deeney and a crisp first-time finish from Abdoulaye Doucoure, but within seconds of Doucoure’s strike Lingard picked up the ball deep in his own half and waltzed away from Watford’s defenders before sliding the coolest of finishes past Heurelho Gomes.
However, United — who closed the gap on neighbours City to five points for the time being — suffered an apparent injury blow as Nemanja Matic limped off in the 55th minute and was replaced by Ander Herrera.
Tottenham Hotspur‘s hopes of returning to the Premier League top four were dashed as they lost 2-1 at Leicester, who rose to ninth in the table thanks to great finishes from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Leicester were rapidly out of the blocks, and with 13 minutes played they had a deserved lead as Vardy scored his 100th league goal in style with a delicate lob over Hugo Lloris from Marc Albrighton’s fine cross.
Spurs came close through Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen as they looked for a way back but, in first-half stoppage time, they were two down as Riyad Mahrez drifted in from the right to give Lloris no chance with a brilliant curling effort.
Spurs were struggling to find a way through as the clock ticked towards the final quarter of an hour, but that changed with 11 minutes to go when Erik Lamela played in Kane with a wonderful pass and the striker blasted past Kasper Schmeichel.
As Leicester dropped ever deeper into defence, Serge Aurier’s cross should have been finished off by Llorente, but he slammed over from close range.
A Jonny Evans own goal ended Newcastle United‘s poor run of form as they came back from 2-0 down to take a point in a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Home forward Salomon Rondon’s looping effort from 30 yards clipped the angle of post and bar, and just before the break the hosts were ahead as Kieran Gibbs’ cross was headed home by Hal Robson-Kanu.
They doubled that advantage when Sam Field scored his first Premier League goal after 56 minutes, but just three minutes later Newcastle had one back as Clark took advantage of poor marking to head home from a corner.
And seven minutes from the end, West Brom’s defenders got in a muddle from a Newcastle free kick and the ball flew in off Evans.