It was another day full of high-level drama in the Premier League as the final games before the international break took place, leaving everyone on the edge of their seats.
Liverpool opened up an eight-point lead at the top, while Manchester United ended a dreadful run on a good note and Wolves took the spoils in the Midlands derby.
Re-live all the action with the highlights below…
MANCHESTER UNITED 3-1 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION
Manchester United put Brighton to the sword with a dominant attacking performance full of pace and quality to win 3-1.
In a one-sided game in which United had 21 shots to Brighton’s six, Andreas Pereira’s deflected effort put the hosts on their way (17) before Scott McTominay forced Davy Propper into an own goal (19) after a Harry Maguire knockdown.
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Anxiety grew around Old Trafford when Lewis Dunk scored against the run of play (64) but the excellent Marcus Rashford restored the two-goal cushion (66).
A 3-1 scoreline flattered woeful Brighton, who were opened up at will in the final quarter but Rashford and Anthony Martial let them off the hook with some poor finishing.
United sign off for the international break with five wins from their last six matches in all competitions.
LIVERPOOL 3-1 MANCHESTER CITY
Liverpool laid down a significant marker in their bid to win a first league title in 30 years by beating champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield.
The roof was lifted off Anfield as early as the sixth minute when Fabinho drilled the ball past Claudio Bravo from 30 yards, but the goal was shrouded in controversy as City thought they should have had a penalty moments earlier when the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm in the penalty area.
VAR checked the incident, but the goal stood to bring another huge roar from the Anfield faithful.
It wasn’t long before the ground erupted again as Mohamed Salah headed home Andrew Robertson’s brilliant cross in the 13th minute to double the hosts’ advantage and they had a third six minutes after half-time, with Claudio Bravo failing to keep out Sadio Mane’s header at the back post.
Bernardo Silva’s low shot found the bottom corner 12 minutes from time, but it was too little too late for City, who now find themselves nine points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side in fourth.
Liverpool, who surrendered a 10-point lead to City last season, head into the international break sitting pretty at the top of the table, but they will know the job of bringing the Premier League title to Anfield is far from done with 26 games still left to play.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2-1 ASTON VILLA
Wolves took the West Midlands bragging rights as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Premier League, extending their unbeaten run to seven top-flight games.
It was a terrible first half for Aston Villa, who were forced into two substitutions due to injury. The first was inside seven minutes as Jed Steer was taken off, before Ruben Neves’ (41) fine finish deservedly put Wolves ahead.
Matt Targett then picked up an eye injury in added time and was unable to continue as two of Dean Smith’s three changes were used before the break.
Villa performed better in the second half but just as they were getting on top, Raul Jimenez (84) swept home to double Wolves’ lead, scoring in a third successive game in all competitions. It was a nervy finish for the hosts too as goal-line technology awarded Trezeguet a 92nd-minute goal, but Villa could not complete the comeback.
The win sees Wolves extend their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games – the first time they have done so in England’s top flight since 1974 – and sends them into eighth on 16 points. Aston Villa remain in 17th and have now lost their last three league games.
This article was originally published by Sky Sports and reproduced with permission.