Tuesday night football produced shocking results, with Lampard losing his managerial debut in the Premier League to Newcastle, Manchester United dropping two points to Burnley, and West Ham clinching a narrow victory over Watford.
Manchester United drop Cristiano and draw with Burnley
Manchester United dominated the game, but they were unable to capitalise on their chances. Paul Pogba scored the goal in the 18th minute. United took 12 shots in the first half of the game, scoring only one goal and having a goal disallowed. Burnley did not put in a single effort. United were unlucky not to have won the game by halftime.
The second half was a huge disappointment for United, which could cost them the champions league spot and drop them to seventh in the league by Friday. After the break, Wout Weghorst displayed a few moments of pure class, assisting Jay Rodriguez’s equaliser.
Newcastle comeback from behind against Everton
On a glorious night at St James’ Park, Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since September. They could have folded after falling behind 1-0, but instead scored three goals to secure three crucial points.
The first-half goals were scored in spectacular fashion. Jamal Lascelles (36) and Mason Holgate (37) both scored in their own net. However, Newcastle took command of the game in the second half. In the 56th minute, Ryan Fraser scrambled Newcastle ahead before a superb Kieran Trippier free-kick 10 minutes from time added a late third.
Lampard gave Premier League debuts to Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek, but both were ineffective as Everton remained in 16th place with 19 points.
West Ham beat Watford
West Ham increased their chances of qualifying for the Champions League by defeating Watford. On Tuesday, Jarrod Bowen’s second-half goal gave them a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Watford. They moved up to fourth place with 40 points, one point ahead of Manchester United, who were playing at Burnley later in the day.
Kurt Zouma, who is being investigated by police after a video of him slapping and kicking a cat surfaced on social media, was named to West Ham manager David Moyes’ starting lineup.
Watford’s Tom Cleverley was denied late on by Lukasz Fabianski as the visitors sought an equaliser, but they are now winless in ten league games and 19th in the table. West Ham moves back into the top four, while Watford remains in the bottom three.