Manchester City failed to close the gap on Liverpool in the English Premier League standings, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an impressive start to his interim post at Manchester United on Saturday.
Defending champions Manchester City were stunned 3-2 by Crystal Palace at the Etihad, which means Pep Guardiola’s men will be four points behind Liverpool at Christmas in the race for the league title.
The Citizens opened the scoring in the 27th minute through Ilkay Gundogan, but Palace hit back with three goals, including a stunning volley in the 35th minute by Andros Townsend in the first half.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Luka Milivojevic (pen) were also on the scoresheet for Crystal Palace.
Substitute Kevin de Bruyne pulled one back for Manchester City to make it 3-2 with five minutes remaining, but Roy Hodgson’s side held on for the win.
Crystal Palace registered their first away league win at Man City since December 1990, having drawn three and lost nine since then before today.Opta stats
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Meanwhile, Manchester United hammered Cardiff City 5-1 in the first game since Jose Mourinho’s departed.
Interim boss and Old Trafford icon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer released his players to express themselves and they followed instructions.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring inside the three minutes when he scored from a free-kick.
Ander Herrera (28), Anthony Martial (41) and a second-half brace from Jesse Lingard (64, 90) rounded out the thumping victory.
It was the first time Manchester United were scoring goals in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager.
More Premier League Scores
Also grabbing victories in the Premier League on Saturday Arsenal, who beat Burnley 3-1, Leicester City stunned Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Southampton beat Huddersfield 3-1 and Watford turned back West Ham 2-0.
In other scores, David Brooks scored twice and Bournemouth cruised to a 2-0 win over 10-man Brighton, while Newcastle and Fulham ended goalless at St James’ Park.
English Premier League Scores
Sat 22nd December
Arsenal 3 beat Burnley 1
Southampton 3 win at Huddersfield 1
Leicester City 1 win at Chelsea 0
Bournemouth 2 beat Brighton 0
Manchester United 5 win at Cardiff City 1
Crystal Palace 3 win at Manchester City 2
Watford 2 win at West Ham 0
Newcastle 0, Fulham 0