12/26/2017 9:22:49 PM

Lingard's last-gasp goal rescues United


London, United Kingdom: Manchester United came from two goals down to rescue a dramatic 2-2 draw against Burnley thanks to Jesse Lingard's double in Premier League on Tuesday.

With Manchester City not in action until Wednesday's trip to Newcastle, United are now 12 points behind the runaway leaders.

Ashley Barnes gave Burnley the perfect start in the third minute when he poked home from Johann Berg Gudmundsson's free-kick.

Burnley hadn't won at Old Trafford since 1962, four months before United coach Jose Mourinho was born, but they scored again in the 36th minute.

Belgian midfielder Steven Defour administered the knockout blow, bending a superb free-kick into the top corner.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, making his first league start since April after a major knee injury, was hauled off at half-time and his replacement Lingard gave United hope with a sublime back-flicked finish from Ashley Young's cross in the 53rd minute.

And Lingard finished as United's hero when he fired into the bottom corner in the first minute of stoppage-time.

Despite that leveller, it was still a frustrating result at the end of a painful December for United, who had suffered a crucial home loss against Manchester City, crashed out of the League Cup at second-tier Bristol City and conceded a last-minute equaliser at 10-man Leicester.

"The end product of so much dominance, two goals, is a miserable number," Mourinho said.

"The boys fought against the 2-0, so nothing negative to say about them. I praise their spirit. We should have won."

Morata back with a bang 

Alvaro Morata returned to lift Chelsea to a 2-0 win over Brighton that took the champions to within a point of second-placed United.

Morata was badly missed during his one-game ban as Chelsea laboured to a goalless draw at Everton in their previous match.

But the Spain striker was back in the line-up at Stamford Bridge and he netted 51 seconds into the second half with a header from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

Marcos Alonso sealed Chelsea's third win in their last four league games with a near-post header from a 60th-minute corner.

"Morata is our number nine and is important. Today he played a good game with and without the ball, his commitment was great," Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said.

Bournemouth salvaged a controversial 3-3 draw against fellow strugglers West Ham at Dean Court.

West Ham scored first through Wales defender James Collins' seventh-minute header.

Dan Gosling equalised from close-range in the 29th minute and Nathan Ake put Bournemouth ahead in the 57th minute.

Marko Arnautovic scored in the 81st and 89th minutes to put West Ham back in front, before Ake headed goalwards and team-mate Callum Wilson got the final touch with his arm from what the visitors claimed was an offside position.

Tom Ince scored his first goal for Huddersfield but the hosts had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Stoke at the John Smith's Stadium after Egypt midfielder Ramadan Sobhi equalised for in the 60th minute.

Watford ended a six-game winless run as Marco Silva's team came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Riyad Mahrez put Leicester in front but Molla Wague equalised and the Hornets won it Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel fumbled Abdoulaye Doucoure's shot into his own net.

West Bromwich Albion are without a win in 18 league games after a goalless draw against Everton at the Hawthorns.

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