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Marcus Rashford lifts Manchester United over Tottenham, Jose Mourinho

Marcus Rashford lifts Manchester United over Tottenham, Jose Mourinho

That wasn't the return to Old Trafford that Jose Mourinho was hoping for.

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Manchester United on Wednesday, as Mourinho suffered a defeat in his first match against his former team. United striker Marcus Rashford provided both tallies for the winning side.

Rashford got the Red Devils off to a tremendous start with a powerful strike in the sixth minute that beat Spurs goaltender Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post. 

He nearly added another goal midway through the first half, but Gazzaniga was able to get just enough of his drive from distance to deflect it off the crossbar.

Tottenham pulled even before halftime, as Dele Alli showed off some great ball control to tie things up, notching his fourth goal in his last three matches. 

The home side regained control early in the second half, however, as Rashford drew a penalty kick 10 minutes into it, which he deposited for what would turn out to be the game's winning goal. With the three points, United leapfrogged Tottenham in the league table, moving into sixth place with 21 points, while Spurs dropped to eighth. 

"It's a step back against a team that plays with the same objectives as we do," Mourinho said after the defeat. "I think the first objective is to come up in the table, the second one is to try to get in the top six, which we are not far. And then of course, the top four is far -- it was already far -- but we need to keep going. As I was saying to the players, we made mistakes, but it's not good now to be crying about them. It's just to learn from them and we have a difficult match on Saturday."

Spurs' next three English Premier League matches come against Burnley, Wolverhampton and Chelsea, so Mourinho and Tottenham have their work cut out for them.

Aston Villa vs. Manchester City live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

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Aston Villa vs. Manchester City live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

Manchester City are playing well right now and can move into second place in the Premier League with a win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

City is coming off a 3-1 win over rival Manchester United in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal, and enter Villa Park looking to pounce on a vulnerable opponent.

The Villans current sit 17th in the Prem and are in danger of being relegated. A win over City would put a little distance between Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City toward the bottom of the table.

Here's how to watch Aston Villa vs. Manchester City live online and on TV:

When: Sunday, Jan. 12, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Stream: NBCSports.com

Liverpool set European record after outclassing Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool set European record after outclassing Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool's march to the Premier League title continued unabated Saturday in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but the Reds also made European history Saturday in North London.

With 61 points after 21 matches, Liverpool set a record for points at this stage of a season in one of Europe's top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue Un). Paris Saint-Germain (2018-19), Juventus (2018-19), Manchester City (2017-18) and Bayern Munich (2013-14) shared the previous record with 59 points in 21 games.

The reigning kings of Europe fittingly set the record against the foes they vanquished in June's UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 on June 1 in Madrid, and the Reds dominated Spurs from beginning to end Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Liverpool knocked on the door for the entirety of the first half, completely pinning Tottenham in their own half. Roberto Firmino's 37th-minute opener was a long time coming and happened as Spurs' back line -- featuring 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga on his Premier League debut -- finally wilted under the Reds' pressure. 

Spurs struggled to get the ball out of their own half in the first 45 minutes. Squakwa Football noted that Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk completed more passes in Tottenham's half than any Spurs player even attempted on the other end. 

Tottenham managed to fight back in the second half, with Son Heung-Min skying a shot over the bar in the 75th minute on a counter-attack sprung by second-half substitute Giovani Lo Celso. Lo Celso missed a volley in the 83rd minute on Spurs' best opportunity to equalize.

Spurs manager José Mourinho wasn't mad. It was just funny to him.

Liverpool laughed last, however, and have more history in their sights en route to the club's first-ever Premier League title. The Reds are 12 matches away from setting the league record for the longest unbeaten streak, and they've now played the equivalent of an entire Premier League season without dropping a match.

A legendary season for Liverpool, indeed.