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Manchester United sink Bournemouth after José Mourinho rings changes

Three days before the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, and in the aftermath of Sunday’s pathetic defeat by West Brom, a drama-free win is enough for Manchester United. That is what they achieved thanks to goals by Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku. The result tightens their hold on second place in the Premier League and raises spirits, at least a little, before they resume their pursuit of the only trophy they can win this season.

José Mourinho, for one, was encouraged by the improvement he saw from his side, hailing a “good collective performance, with good responsibility and a great attitude”. But he regretted that his players have not always shown those qualities this season. “I spoke with them about that [after the defeat by West Brom],” Mourinho said. “We are inconsistent many times in our attitude. With our top five opponents, we didn’t lose any points. We lost and won against City, Spurs and Chelsea and won and drew against Liverpool. But we lost against Huddersfield and Newcastle. And we lost points against teams that are probably going to get relegated. So I think we were not consistent. And you pay the price.”

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Harry Kane set for scan on ankle injury that could rule him out of World Cup

• Pochettino refuses to put time limit on how long striker will be out
• ‘We hope it is not a massive issue but need to wait until the scan’

Harry Kane is facing a prolonged period out of action and could miss the World Cup after sustaining an injury in Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth yesterday that resulted in the striker departing from the south coast on crutches and in a protective boot.

Kane collided with Bournemouth’s goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, after 34 minutes and during a subsequent tangle of legs, twisted his right ankle. The 24-year-old received treatment but was unable to continue and will undergo a scan today to assess just how bad the damage is.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 talking points from the weekend

England hopefuls have a mixed afternoon, confusion for Serge Aurier and Romelu Lukaku finally does it against a top-six team

The weight of goals that Sergio Agüero has scored against Arsenal, with Sunday’s strike a fifth in five matches, should have raised Shkodran Mustafi’s awareness of the Argentinian to red alert. Instead, Agüero was allowed to scamper on and score a route one opening goal from Claudio Bravo’s goalkick. It was a hideous lapse in concentration and application from the Germany defender, by no means the first of a type that frequently costs Arsène Wenger. Arsenal have suffered a drought of gold standard defenders since the loss of Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole as long ago as 2006. There have been quality creative players and forwards galore since then but Wenger’s blind spot for defenders and defensive organisation has been a crucial factor in his team’s multiple failures. John Brewin

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Callum Wilson sparks shock Bournemouth rout of Chelsea

Olivier Giroud sat behind the home dugout here, descending ever deeper into his new training coat as if attempting to hide from all he was witnessing. So much of this new start would have reminded him of his darker days at Arsenal. Only 24 hours previously he had been summoned from the bench in South Wales as his old team succumbed to Swansea, then the Premier League’s bottom club. Now, having been prised away by the champions, he endured having to watch his new side capitulate against another team apparently threatened by the drop.

The Frenchman was supposed to have left nights like this behind. Instead he shivered in disbelief as Chelsea succumbed to their worst home defeat since April 2016. Bournemouth were excellent, rugged when they needed to be and ruthless in a blistering spell after the break, and ended up running riot. Their first three-goal haul away to a top-six opponent must rank as their most startling top-flight victory, a game which exposes their previously lowly position as a deception.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen

Sergio Agüero has had a curiosity of a campaign. He has been injured, benched and below par at times. He has been outscored by Raheem Sterling for much of the season. Yet his hat-trick on Saturday meant he has scored 20 goals for a fifth successive campaign. Further milestones await: Agüero is nine away from becoming the first man to score 200 for City. He is 11 behind his career-best tally of 33 and, with successive cup ties against Championship opponents, Bristol City and Cardiff, he has the chance to make further inroads before Gabriel Jesus is fit again. Besides the numbers, the encouraging element for City is that, after an autumnal slump, Agüero looks to have regained his sharpness. He produced purposeful, elusive dribbling, often a sign he is at his best. The sense is that he is relishing the responsibility of being the only available striker while Jesus is out. Richard Jolly

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Jordon Ibe finally breaks his Bournemouth duck to sink Arsenal

Alexis Sánchez was nowhere to be seen but this was the same old Arsenal in many other respects. A game that was totally in their control with just over 20 minutes remaining, as they led through Héctor Bellerín’s second-half goal, inexplicably slipped from their grasp as Bournemouth scored twice in the blink of an eye to pile more misery onto Arsène Wenger.

Arsenal had seemed to be coasting to victory until familiar defensive weaknesses were exposed in what has become an all too predictable story. Callum Wilson, capitalising on a mistake by Petr Cech, nipped in front of the Arsenal goalkeeper to convert Ryan Fraser’s cross for the equaliser and four minutes later Bournemouth had a second.

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Brighton v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

12.29pm GMT

The teams trot out on to the pitch. Brighton are in their blue and white stripes while Bournemouth are wearing their black and Day-Glo-style green away strip. It’s time for football!

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There should be a statue for Eddie Howe,” reckons Graeme Souness. “People in Spain and Italy now know where Bournemouth is. It’s where I live,” he says. “I’m a season-ticket holder at Bournemouth.” He actually lives in Sandbanks, which is like a low-rent shrunken Florida Keys but, yes, it is close to Bournemouth.

Anyway, here’s what the Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, has to say: “The momentum we’ve built from the last two games is there in the dressing room. The temptation was there to keep the team [the same as against Everton] but all four changes were enforced. I think we’ve played very well in certain games but we’ve not been consistent and it’s been good to see the creation of chances back in the team. The fact we scored a late goal against Everton, a late goal against West Ham, will give the players momentum.”

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Transfer window: club-by-club guide for the Premier League in January

The winter window opens on 1 January with most clubs desperate to make signings. Here we look at the 20 clubs and the players they hope will arrive

Arsène Wenger anticipates that he will be busier fielding enquires about fringe players in his squad – he would be open to moving a few out – but he would be interested in an addition if the opportunity presented itself. The want-away Alexis Sánchez will draw the focus. He might prefer to wait for a Bosman move in the summer but an offer from Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain would change the dynamic. Arsenal would be compelled to consider it.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Carvalhal needs immediate impact at Swansea, Schmeichel seeks redemption and Chelsea’s Azpilicueta-Morata combination threatens Stoke

The wisdom of appointing Carlos Carvalhal as Swansea’s new manager is, to say the least, questionable: a man who was dismissed on Christmas Eve for underachieving with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship does not inspire confidence. Still, he may prove successful: many doubted him when he arrived at Wednesday in 2015, and he started well there, reaching the play-offs in his first two seasons. But if he is to change things at the Liberty Stadium, he needs to do it immediately. After Saturday’s game at Watford, three of Swansea’s next four league games are against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool. If they do not beat the Hornets, they could soon be staring down the barrel of being shy of safety by double figures and of relegation looking even more inevitable than it does now. That new manager bounce needs to be pretty high. NM

Carvalhal says he is a ‘football romantic’ as he aims to keep Swansea up

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