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12:00 AM, February 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 04, 2019

Ole's army hold off Foxes

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford scored on his 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday to secure a 1-0 win over Leicester City that kept interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dream start going at his old club.

Having missed a simple header early on, Rashford made up for it in the eighth minute when he latched onto a lovely dink from Paul Pogba over the Leicester defence to smash the ball past Kasper Schmeichel from close range.

The victory moved United onto 48 points, two adrift of Chelsea in fourth place, while Leicester stayed 11th on 32.

Twenty-one-year-old Rashford is the youngest player to reach a century of top-flight appearances for Manchester United since Ryan Giggs in December 1993.

He and Pogba have been in superb form since former Manchester United favourite Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, guiding the club to nine wins and a draw in all competitions.

After being second best in the first half, Leicester came roaring back in the second, and should have equalised.

Jamie Vardy's 61st minute overhead volley was clawed away by David de Gea, and Rachid Ghezzal's 77th minute free kick was flying in before the Spanish goalkeeper tipped it over.

HIGUAIN OFF THE MARK FOR BLUES

On Saturday, Chelsea's new signing Gonzalo Higuain netted his first two Premier League goals in Chelsea's 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town. Goals were never an issue at Chelsea where their new loan signing wasted little time in introducing supporters -- and reminding coach Maurizio Sarri -- of his potency.

First Higuain made space in the area to fire home from a tight angle after 16 minutes and then produced a shot that deflected past the keeper in the 69th. With Eden Hazard also scoring twice, and David Luiz adding the fifth, Chelsea gave the prefect response to their 4-0 midweek drubbing at Bournemouth, which had piled pressure on Sarri.

"Apart from the goals (Higuain scored), he is really very suitable to play very close to Eden," said Sarri, for whom Higuain had scored 38 times in their final season together at Napoli in 2015-16.

"I think that on the pitch they are really very suitable to play one close to the other."

The win took Chelsea back to fourth place, three points above Arsenal, who visit third-placed Manchester City on Sunday, while Huddersfield stay stuck in the basement, six points off second-bottom Fulham.

Spurs are making a habit of scoring late winners with Son, who also got the equaliser against Watford in midweek. They moved above Manchester City by a point and within four of Liverpool.

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