Manchester United's Paul Pogba, centre, scores his side's third goal in the 4-1 win over Newcastle.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba, centre, scores his side's third goal in the 4-1 win over Newcastle. Martin Rickett

Stars return as United moves up to second in EPL

MANCHESTER United welcomed back a couple of star names as they moved to second in the English Premier League with a 4-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.

French midfielder Paul Pogba, missing since mid-September with a hamstring injury, scored a goal and had an assist as United came from a goal down.

Dwight Gayle had given the shock loead as United gave up their first goal at Old Trafford since April.

Pogba's cross allowed Anthiny Martial to level the scores and after Chris Smalling headed the home team in front, Pogba tapped in from close range.

Romelu Lukaku then ended his seven game scoring drought with the fourth.

As well as Pogba's return, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on as a substitute following his recovery from a serious knee injury.

United overtook Spurs, who dropped to fourth after a 2-0 loss at north London rivals Arsenal.

It was Arsenal's first league victory over Spurs since March 2014 and left them a point below their local rivals in sixth place.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino felt, with justification, that the free-kick that led to Mustafi's opener should not have been awarded and that Mustafi had been offside from Mesut Ozil's cross.

Manchester City is eight points clear at the top with a 2-0 win at Leicester.

Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne struck fine goals as the leaders notched up a 16th successive victory in all competitions.

"It is complicated to defend against Leicester, but we did really well. We did not concede one chance in 90 minutes,” City manager Guardiola told the BBC.

"We continue with our good rhythm in terms of points and the way we play.”

Chelsea piled the pressure on West Brom manager Tony Pulis with a comfortable 4-0 win at The Hawthorns.

Eden Hazard scored twice and had a hand in Alvaro Morata's 17th-minute opener, with Marcos Alonso also on target.

Liverpool are level on points with Arsenal in fifth after a routine 3-0 home win over Southampton at Anfield, thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah and Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho.

Burnley is in seventh on goal difference after an easy win over second-from-bottom Swansea.

Swans old boy Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes scored the goals before half-time.

Bottom club Crystal Palace were twice pegged back in a lively 2-2 home draw with Everton.

Callum Wilson netted a hat-trick and Harry Arter also found the net as Bournemouth overcame the red card shown to Simon Francis to beat Huddersfield Town 4-0.