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Sanchez strike helps United close gap at top of EPL

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A GOAL from Alexis Sanchez has helped Manchester United close the gap on Manchester City after the English Premier League leaders dropped two points at Burnley.

City drew 1-1 t Turf Moor after the home side levelled with a late goal from Berg Gudmundsson cancelling out Danillo's first-half strike.

United lost to Huddersfield earlier in the season with Jose Mourinho blasting his side.

At Old Trafford, United struggled for 55 minutes to break down the visitors after manager David Warner set up a defensive line-up.

Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock after which Sanchez won a penalty, had it saved by Jonas Lossl, but tucked away the rebound.

"We had to be patient but had to keep the intensity high and the pressure,” Mourinho told the BBC.

"We had to break down the Berlin wall organised so well by David Wagner.”

City have 69 points, ahead of United on 56 with third-placed Liverpool (50) at home to Tottenham Hotspur (48), who are fifth, overnight, while Chelsea (50) visit mid-table Watford on Tuesday morning (AEST).

Arsenal bounced back from their shock 3-1 defeat at Swansea with a 5-1 home win over Everton.

Record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his account for the Gunners, while Aaron Ramsey scored his first hat-trick for the club.

Huddersfield's loss dropped them into the bottom three as Southampton and Swansea City both moved above them.

Southampton won 3-2 at bottom club West Brom, while Swansea drew 1-1 at Leicester City, with Federico Fernandez equalising Jamie Vardy's first-half goal.

Bournemouth consolidated their place in the top 10 by coming from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 to drop the Potters into the bottom three, while Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan helped his Brighton side to move away from the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over West Ham.

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