Premier League

Manchester United’s 29-match unbeaten run away from home came to an end as they were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Mason Greenwood had given United the lead with a long-range strike on 18 minutes, but Youri Tielemans got a spectacular goal of his own just after the half hour mark to draw Leicester level.

Caglar Soyuncu gave Leicester the lead but the returning Marcus Rashford grabbed an equaliser eight minutes from the end. However, Leicester went straight down the other end and restored their lead within seconds through Jamie Vardy. Patson Daka sealed the win in added time.

Manchester City kept up the pressure on the leaders as they beat struggling Burnley, who are still awaiting their first league win of the season. City took an early lead through Bernardo Silva as it looked like a repeat of the 5-0 scoreline of Burnley’s previous three visits could be on the cards.

That did not materialise, although City secured the victory on 70 minutes thanks to Kevin De Bruyne. Raheem Sterling was largely ineffective on his return to the side, although City still did enough to secure the win that keeps them just two points off the top.

League One

Wigan Athletic kept up the pressure on the automatic promotion places with a comfortable victory over local rivals Bolton Wanderers, although the match was marred by crowd trouble which saw the match halted on two separate occasions during the second half.

On the pitch, Will Keane gave Wigan an early lead. In the second half, James McClean scored twice in the second half, either side of one from Callum Lang as the visitors enjoyed a comfortable victory which saw them a point off the automatic promotion places, with games in hand over the teams above them.

However, the main talking point after the game will be the actions of a number of fans, which began after McClean’s first goal a flare was thrown onto the pitch and debris thrown onto the pitch, with even some of the advertising hoardings ripped out.

Bolton later issued a statement condemning the actions of those responsible for the disorder, as well as revealing that they are in consultation with Greater Manchester Police to identify those who were responsible.

League Two

Oldham Athletic moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since August as they secured their first home win of the season against Stevenage.

Davis Keillor-Dunn put the hosts in control with a second half brace with Dylan Bahamboula, who had seen an early header come off the post, completing the scoring in the second half.

Salford City overcame their poor recent form as they produced a dominant performance to beat Hartlepool United and move to within three points of the play-off places.

Tom Elliott’s third minute goal set the tone for the hosts who could’ve won by more than the scoreline showed, but the win was not sealed until four minutes from time thanks to a strike from substitute Matty Willock.

Rochdale were denied victory at Swindon Town despite coming from behind as they conceded a stoppage time equaliser.

Ben Gladwin had broken the deadlock for Swindon eight minutes before halftime, but second half goals from George Broadbent and Liam Kelly had turned the game around and looked to have set the visitors on track for victory, but a 93rd minute strike from Jonny Williams rescued a point for the hosts.

FA Cup

Sunday saw the draw for the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, which sees the clubs from League One and League Two enter the competition- with at least three Greater Manchester sides facing National League opposition.

Bolton Wanderers will host fellow Greater Manchester side Stockport County, while Wigan Athletic will host Solihull Moors. Salford City will be on the road as they travel to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Rochdale will face the winners of the replay between Notts County and seventh tier side Tamworth, while Oldham Athletic will travel to League One side Ipswich Town. Matches will be played on the weekend of 6-7 November, with the TV selections to be confirmed in due course.

Matt’s View

After well documented off the pitch problems, Oldham will be relieved to have moved themselves out of the relegation zone and will hope to kick on from here and maintain their EFL status. After a disappointing start to the season, Salford were impressive on Saturday and will now hope to kickstart their promotion push.

Rochdale will be frustrated to have dropped two points having been so close to getting the win, while Wigan fans will be buzzing having secured a big win in a fierce local derby.

The same cannot be said for Manchester United though, with Saturday’s defeat coming at the start of a nightmare run of fixtures which sees them face Atalanta in midweek before hosting bitter rivals Liverpool. There are plenty of questions around United at the moment, but nobody seems to have the answers.

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