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Salah penalty rescues Liverpool draw at Man Utd, Spurs move into fourth

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal

Mohamed Salah scored a late equaliser from a penalty kick as Liverpool escaped Old Trafford with a single point in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United to climb to even on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Salah stroked home in the 84th minute for his sixth league goal at Old Trafford, the most of any visiting player in the league’s history, overtaking Steven Gerrard’s five.

With seven games remaining in the neck-and-neck title race, Liverpool and Arsenal have 71 points with the Gunners leading on goal difference. Holders Manchester City are third on 70 points, while United are sixth with 49.

Luis Diaz got Liverpool on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute when Dominik Szoboszlai swung in a corner that Darwin Nunez headed to the unmarked Colombian who hooked in a volley from close range.

But Bruno Fernandes scored a wild goal — the United skipper’s 50th league goal for the side — with their first shot on target in the 50th minute when he latched on to a loose Liverpool pass and lobbed the ball from the centre circle past keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

Kobbie Mainoo had the Old Trafford faithful roaring with his rocket from just inside the 18-yard box that sailed into the far top corner in the 67th minute.

Mainoo was the first 18-year-old to score a league goal against Liverpool since Cesc Fabregas for Arsenal in 2005, and the delighted teenager sprinted to the corner flag to salute the crowd in celebration.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to score my first Old Trafford goal and to do it in this fixture was even more special,” Mainoo told Sky Sports, adding that he was disappointed about the result.

“We didn’t get the three points and that’s the main thing. I think we performed really well in the second half. The lads made minor mistakes and if we iron them out then we win the game.”

Liverpool were awarded their penalty when Harvey Elliott was taken down in the box.

It was the second time in recent weeks that Erik ten Hag’s team had struck a blow against Liverpool, dispatching them from the FA Cup with a dramatic 4-3 quarter-final home win in extra time last month.

The match marked the first time Liverpool had failed to win a league game in which they held a lead since October against Brighton.

“We should have won the game, that is clear,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told Sky Sports. “We should have had other goals in the first half already. As far as I’m concerned, we have a point more than we did before. They put an extra shift in, that’s how it is.

“We don’t have many home games left. The team who wins the league in the end should deserve it. We are in the race and I’m absolutely fine with it.”

Liverpool dominated with 62.1% possession and 28 shots to the home side’s nine. They kept United to zero shots on target in the first half of a league match for the first time since April 2022, also against Liverpool.

Alejandro Garnacho briefly had the United crowd on their feet with a goal in the second minute but it was chalked off for offside.

United have won just one of their past 12 Premier League games against Liverpool — this fixture last season.

Spurs move into fourth with 3-1 win over Forest
Tottenham Hotspur boosted their Champions League qualifying hopes with a 3-1 home win over relegation-battling Nottingham Forest on Sunday to move into fourth in the Premier League.

Second-half goals from Micky van de Ven and Pedro Porro, after Forest’s Chris Wood had cancelled out Murillo’s own goal in the opening period, helped Spurs capitalise on rivals Aston Villa and Manchester United dropping points this weekend.

Tottenham’s victory puts them level with Villa on 60 points but with a game in hand. Forest remain 17th with 25 points from 32 games, above third-bottom Luton Town on goal difference.

The hosts led after 15 minutes when Murillo turned Timo Werner’s cross into his own net before Forest equalised against the run of play through Wood’s fourth goal in four games.

Van de Ven hit a thunderbolt from the edge of the area to restore Spurs’ lead after 52 minutes before Pedro Porro calmed their nerves with a great finish six minutes later.

Sheffield United’s McBurnie grabs late equaliser to snatch Chelsea draw
Sheffield United’s striker Ollie McBurnie snatched a stoppage-team equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea in their battle for Premier League survival on Sunday.

The Blades remain bottom of the table on 16 points and have seven games left to play, while Chelsea are ninth on 44 points after extending their unbeaten run to seven league games.

United’s defensive frailties were exposed in the 11th minute when Chelsea defender Thiago Silva was left unmarked at a corner to steer home the opening goal but Jayden Bogle brought the hosts level in 32nd minute.

Chelsea’s Noni Madueke looked to have settled it with a superb goal in the 66th but McBurnie reacted quickest to a ball into the box three minutes into stoppage time to grab a draw.

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