02/03/2018 07:12 EST | Updated 02/03/2018 09:41 EST

Sanchez nets first Man U goal, leader City drops rare points

LONDON — Alexis Sanchez is off the mark for Manchester United.

On his Old Trafford debut, the recruit from Arsenal tapped in the rebound after his penalty was saved to seal United's 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku also netted for United, which seized the chance to close the gap on Manchester City to a still-vast 13 points after the leader was held by Burnley to 1-1.

City defender Danilo looked like proving an unlikely match-winner but after a glaring miss for a second by Raheem Sterling, Johann Berg Gudmundsson levelled late.

City has dropped points only four times, but three of those games were the most recent away trips.

It will still take a monumental collapse for City manager Pep Guardiola to miss out on his first English title.

The tussle to stay in the Premier League is far tighter.

Southampton escaped the relegation zone after winning at West Bromwich Albion 3-2 to end a 13-match winless run in the league. Swansea is out of the danger zone only on goal difference after drawing with Leicester 1-1.

But Stoke sunk back into the bottom three after Bournemouth followed up recent fine wins against Arsenal and Chelsea by beating the less illustrious opposition 2-1. Bournemouth climbed to ninth ahead of Everton, which was at Arsenal in the late game.

Brighton ended West Ham's six-match unbeaten run by winning 3-1 to move three points clear of the drop zone.


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