Premier League: Six things we learned from the weekend’s action including history-making Lucas Moura and two season wonder Mo Salah
There were a number of highlights from another exciting weekend of Premier League football, as the season edges closer to its conclusion.
Newcastle recorded an impressive win at Leicester to start the action off, while Tottenham and Lucas Moura routed a woeful Huddersfield for another win at their new stadium.
Bournemouth turned in a five-star performance at Brighton, while Fulham picked up a rare victory in a difficult campaign, while Manchester United rode their luck against a determined West Ham at Old Trafford.
On Sunday, Liverpool outclassed Chelsea and Manchester City triumphed at Crystal Palace.
But what are six things we have learnt from these matches? talkSPORT.com has taken a look.
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Paul Pogba is spot on
The Frenchman has had an indifferent time from 12 yards this season. His stuttering run up is not favoured by everyone and has seen him fail to convert in matches against Burnley, Everton and Southampton. However, on Saturday, Pogba made no mistake against Lukasz Fabianski and, with a more orthodox approach, opened the scoring from the spot before then adding a decisive second in the same manner to earn all three points as Manchester United beat West Ham 2-1.
They were his sixth and seventh penalties of the season, and only Ruud van Nistelrooy (8 in 2002-03) has scored more penalties in a single Premier League campaign for the club.
Lucas Moura’s slice of history
Despite being without Harry Kane and Dele All, Tottenham still had too much quality on the pitch and were able to comfortably see off already-relegated Huddersfield 4-0. It was a third successive win at their new ground and Moura created club history when he became the first ever player to score a hat-trick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He is also just the fourth Brazilian to score a treble in the top-flight after, Alfonso Alves, Robinho and Roberto Firmino.
Shane Long back among the goals
Hardly one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers, Long has scored just eight times in the competition in the past three seasons. When he struck against Wolves on Saturday, it was his third goal this campaign and the first time the Irishman had netted in successive matches since May 2016.
Bournemouth emphatically put five past Brighton on Saturday and left the Seagulls to sweat on their future in the Premier League, while moving themselves into 12th. Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser both scored and assisted at the Amex Stadium, meaning they have combined for 11 goals in the league, the most between two players since Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp for Arsenal in 1998-99 (10).
Home and away
Felipe Anderson had gone 14 Premier League matches without finding the back of the net, but was on target to equalise at Old Trafford. In doing so, he became the first player since Jermain Defoe back in 2001-02 to score against Manchester United in both fixtures, having netted at London Stadium in September.
Two Season Wonder
With his wonderstrike against Chelsea, Mo Salah bagged his 19th goal in the Premier League so far this season. This makes him the current joint top scorer in the division and surely dispels talk that he’s had a pour campaign. Since the start of 2017/18, Salah has scored 66 goals in all competitions, more than any other Premier League player.
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