MONDAY FOOTBALL NEWS

LUKAKU FIRES MANCHESTER UNITED PAST BURNLEY
Manchester United returned to winning ways on Sunday as Romelu Lukaku's first-half double was enough to give them a 2-0 victory over Burnley.

A banner protesting against executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was flown over the ground before kick-off, but United were not distracted from the job at hand in the early exchanges, with Jesse Lingard missing three chances in a dominant opening spell.

Burnley grew into the game but found themselves behind 27 minutes in, when Lukaku jumped just high enough to head a fine Alexis Sanchez cross past Joe Hart from six yards out.

It needed a fine save from Hart to deny Lukaku a quick second after a swift break involving Sanchez, but the Belgium striker smashed home from point-blank range to make it 2-0 before half-time after Lingard's shot hit first Charlie Taylor and then Ashley Westwood.

Paul Pogba wasted the chance to make it 3-0 when Hart comfortably saved his rather tame penalty, and Burnley hopes of a comeback were increased two minutes later when substitute Rashford was sent off for pushing his head into Phil Bardsley's after he appeared to kick out at the forward.

Sean Dyche's men pushed forward with the man advantage but Lukaku should have killed off the game, the forward wasting two opportunities when put clean through one-on-one with Hart.
BENZEMA & BALE STAR AS MADRID ROUT LEGANES
Karim Benzema scored twice in between goals from Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos to secure the three points, despite a scare when Guido Carrillo made it 1-1 when he fired a penalty past debutant goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Bale stretched his scoring run to seven consecutive league games 17 minutes in, volleying in Dani Carvajal's header from 12 yards out, although goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar should arguably have done better to keep it out.

Leganes went into the game having failed to win any of their 10 Madrid derbies in LaLiga, but they snatched an equaliser 24 minutes in when Carrillo swept home from the penalty spot after Casemiro tripped Javier Eraso.

But Benzema put them back ahead three minutes after the break with a well-aimed header, the goal eventually given after a VAR review overturned a foul awarded against the striker.

There was no doubt about Benzema's second, though, as he collected Marcelo's pass, played a one-two with Luka Modric and rifled a shot into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the area.

Captain Ramos added a fourth from the penalty spot 66 minutes in to move the European champions onto nine points and send them into the international break in a positive mood.

CR7 DRAWS BLANK BUT JUVENTUS WIN
Juventus were made to work hard for a 2-1 win at Parma that maintains their perfect start to the Serie A season.

The champions looked on course for a comfortable evening when Mario Mandzukic netted after two minutes, but Parma made life difficult for their esteemed guests until the former Croatia international intervened again to tee up Blaise Matuidi's winner.

Gervinho had drawn Parma level on his full debut and the hosts could have led at the interval, before their momentum waned following the restart.

There was still no breakthrough for Juve new boy Cristiano Ronaldo, though, as his barren start to life in Italy continues beyond an international break during which he will miss action for Portugal.

‬WALKER STUNNER ENSURE MAN CITY VICTORY
Kyle Walker's scored his first Manchester City goal in sensational fashion to hand the Premier League champions a hard-fought 2-1 win over Newcastle United. Newcastle undermined their bid to stifle City during the opening stages by carelessly coughing up possession in dangerous areas.

Riyad Mahrez was unable to punish Rondon's slackness but, when returning Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles passed straight to Benjamin Mendy, the full-back found Sterling to cut inside for an emphatic finish.

Gabriel Jesus passed up two clear chances to increase City's advantage and there was an air of complacency when their disorganised backline allowed Rondon to slide a fine cross into the path of the rampaging DeAndre Yedlin to equalise.

The game resumed its pattern early in the second half until a darting dribble from Sterling created the opening for Walker to crash home his rasping 30 yarder eight minutes before the hour.
ALEXIS TO USE BREAK TO HELP LIFT MANCHESTER UNITED
Jose Mourinho says Alexis Sanchez will use the upcoming international break to help lift Manchester United's season.

The Red Devils have made a stuttering start to the new Premier League season, losing back-to-back games against Brighton and Tottenham. Alexis has also endured early-season struggles, having missed United's 3-2 defeat against Brighton through injury.

However, the forward came off the bench against Tottenham and will not play any part in Chile's double-header against Japan and South Korea, in a major boost to United.

And Mourinho says the 29-year-old is planning to use the two-week international break to improve his fitness ahead of a busy schedule for United.

Mourinho told the club's official website: “He’s [Alexis] not going to the national team for these two friendlies in Japan and South Korea, which is good news for us because after that we play Watford and then immediately play [in the] Champions League [away at Young Boys].

“He’s committed, he’s focused, he works hard. I believe that he will improve. “I didn’t ask [Alexis], I never ask players not to go [on international duty] and I never contact national teams for players not to go."

BAYERN SHATTER RECORDS IN STUTTGART ROUT
Bayern Munich broke more Bundesliga records in their 3-0 win over Stuttgart, with Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski reaching personal milestones.

It was another typical Bayern performance, with relative new boy Leon Goretzka opening the scoring in the first half to help the Bavarians to their second win in as many games.

With the victory, FCB have become the first side in the Bundesliga to win their first two games in four consecutive seasons.

Similarly, in bagging the second of the night, Lewandowski became the first player to score on the first two matchdays in the German top flight in four consecutive seasons.

Thomas Muller later added a third to wrap up proceedings against a lacklustre Stuttgart side.

Indeed, Saturday's opponents have a dreadful home record against Bayern, with Niko Kovac's side becoming the first to record 10 successive away victories against a specific opponent.

KOULIBALY SIGNS NEW FIVE YEAR NAPOLI DEAL
Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly has signed a new five-year contract with Napoli, the Serie A club have confirmed. The 27-year-old centre-back has committed his future to the Italian club until June 30, 2023.

Koulibaly has been heavily linked with Chelsea for much of the last year and Maurizio Sarri's move to Stamford Bridge encouraged talk that he could follow him to the Premier League.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed in August that he had rejected three offers from English clubs for a player he considers to be "the best defender in the world, probably". The new deal should not come as much of a shock however.

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