EPL Round-up | Jesus rescues Man City; Manchester United thrash Leicester

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EPL Round-up | Jesus rescues Man City; Manchester United thrash Leicester

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SportsCafe Desk

02/06/2017

Gabriel Jesus, who is turning out to be an astute acquisition by Manchester City with every passing game, scored a brace at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday against Swansea, including a 92nd-minute winner. Manchester United also returned to winning ways by beating Leicester City 0-3 away.

Jesus to the rescue

Jesus is making quite an impression under Pep Guardiola, who once again opted to start with the 19-year-old ahead of Sergio Aguero. The Brazilian did not disappoint either as he opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a poacher-like finish from close. The ball broke for him after David Silva’s wonderful run and cross down the left wing found Raheem Sterling, who, from inside the box, placed it in the path of Jesus to bury it into the back of the net.

Swansea put up a spirited second half display and deservedly got back into the match through a long-range strike from in-form Gylfi Sigurdsson. However, Jesus capped his first Premier League start at home with a 92nd minute winner. Silva picked him out with a lovely cross from the right wing, and his initial header was kept out by Lukasz Fabianski. But, the former Arsenal keeper could not keep a hold of the ball, and Jesus was quick to score off the rebound – his third goal in his third start for City.

The win places City above Arsenal on the points table, and puts them on track to chase down Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Reigning champions back in relegation battle

For Leicester City fans, the last season would seem like a distant dream at the moment. They are back to where they were in the 2014-2015 season – fighting relegation – and last season's surprise triumph appears to be an anomaly. Manchester United handed them their four Premier League defeat in a row with a 3-0 thrashing.

Two of the goals came close to half-time. A Chris Smalling header put Henrikh Mkhitaryan through on goal, and the Armenian finished with aplomb to give United the lead. Two minutes later, Ibrahimovic doubled the lead with a neat finish from inside the box after Antonio Valencia picked him out with a low cross from the right wing.

Four minutes into the second half, Juan Mata scored United’s third after a lovely one-two with Mkhitaryan. It was United's first win in four Premier League games.

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