West Ham moved into the top half of the table after a convincing 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
A brace from Andy Carroll gave the home side too much to do and a late third goal -- credited to Jonathan Calleri after a wicked deflection -- sealed the victory. Between Carroll's opener on nine minutes and Cristhian Stuani's equaliser just before the half-hour mark, Boro looked bright and dangerous, however, and Carroll's second came against the run of play.
Rooney's 150th goal for United made him just the second player, after Thierry Henry, to reach that total for one club in the Premier League. He brought up the milestone with a corker when, reacting quickest to a loose ball some 30 yards from goal, he rifled a shot with...
Two uncharacteristic mistakes from Hugo Lloris gifted Man City a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes of the second half, but a Dele Alli header reduced the deficit. The game's turning point came in the 77th minute when Kyle Walker clearly pushed Raheem Sterling as the forward was about to shoot; no penalty was given and, moments later, Harry Kane set up the equaliser for Son Heung-Min.
Manchester City finally pulled out a display of verve, passion and directness and were rewarded with a 2-2 scoreline against Tottenham that said next to nothing about the flow of the game.
Much has been said about City's indirect play, relying on too many passes to get anywhere near the opposition goal. That was not the case on Saturday, but still they conceded the opposition's first shot on goal and were pegged back to 2-2 in a match they had thoroughly dominated.
Wayne Rooney's name is there in black-and-white now, imprinted in Manchester United's record books as the club's all-time leading goal scorer, and it is safe to assume he will stay there until Old Trafford's foundations begin to crumble.
Since Sir Bobby Charlton scored the last of his 249 goals for United in a 2-0 victory at Southampton in March 1973, nobody has come close to erasing one of football's most iconic figures from the top of the club's scoring list.
MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts from Manchester City and Tottenham's 2-2 draw in the Premier League.
1. More defensive woe for Man City and Guardiola
Another week, another defensive headache for Pep Guardiola. Six days after seeing his team routed 4-0 at Everton, the Man City manager cut an increasingly agitated figure on the touchline as Tottenham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola had admitted that City's title hopes are over even before...