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Claudio Ranieri in dreamland again after going top

Leicester City bounced back in style from their midweek FA Cup exit at the hands of Tottenham, to hammer Stoke City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium to displace Arsenal from the top of the Premier League standings for a day at the very least.

Leicester, who had looked leggy in midweek, weren't at their best in the first half, but managed to take the lead with a deflected effort from Danny Drinkwater. Second half goals from strikers Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa settled the contest with Leicester going three points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings with the Gunners facing a tough game at home tomorrow against local rivals Chelsea.

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Chris Smalling: "It was gutting to lose"

Chris Smalling's attempt to go in as an auxiliary centre-forward as Manchester United chased the game against Southampton at home failed to deliver any dividends as the Red Devils succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to the Saints in what was really a very poor game of football at Old Trafford.

As the boos reverberated around the stadium at full-time, Smalling was distraught to see his side take another step-back after appearing to be heading in the right direction, having squeezed out an unlikely win at Anfield against Liverpool last week.

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Leicester hammer Stoke 3-0 to knock Arsenal off their perch

Leicester City have reclaimed top spot in the Premier League standings from Arsenal for 24 hours at the very least, thrashing a poor Stoke City side 3-0 at the King Power Stadium, just a week after the Gunners struggled against them at the Britannia.

Leicester were good value for their first half lead, scoring late in the half with a deflected effort from distance by Daniel Drinkwater that gave Jack Butland absolutely no chance in the Stoke City goal.

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Charlie Austin: "It does not get any better than that"

Manchester United produced another insipid performance at Old Trafford today, beaten 1-0 by a Southampton side that defended in numbers and looked to play largely on the counter attack. United though were woeful in the final third themselves with their only shot on target in the match coming from a speculative effort from distance by Daley Blind.

One man who didn't have any trouble finding the back of the net today was Charlie Austin, scoring the match-winner on his Southampton debut, just 7 minutes after having been thrown on in the game.

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Southampton win at Old Trafford to add to Val Gaal's woes

Manchester United's win at Liverpool last weekend could yet prove to be a false dawn as the Red Devils followed it up with another poor outing, and this time didn't get the rub of the green as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Southampton. The only goal of the game came in the 87th minute as the Saints' new signing Charlie Austin kicked off his Southampton career with a goal on debut, virtually paying back his £4 million transfer fee with one well planted header.

Manchester United made just one change to the side that took the field against Liverpool at Anfield with 18 year old left back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson replacing crocked winger Ashley Young at full back. Southampton meanwhile dropped last weekend's goal scoring hero James Ward-Prowse to the bench with Dusan Tadic and Jordy Clasie coming in. Crucially for the Saints, new signing Charlie Austin was on the bench.

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Klopp: "We needed luck... and we had it"

Broken spectacles et al, Jurgen Klopp was a picture of delight after watching his Liverpool side snatch a 95th minute winner at Carrow Road to condemn an unlucky Norwich City side to a 5-4 defeat in a brilliant 9 goal thriller to start the Premier League weekend.

Predictably the Liverpool Manager had plenty to say after the game, sharing in an interview with BBC Sport, "We have had a few games with a similar story like this, we need to think whether it is because of us. It was exciting until the end and longer. We had a win after 90 mins, a draw after 92 and then a win again. It is not usual."

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Lallana, Milner celebrate incredible Liverpool win at Carrow Road

Liverpool celebrated a thrilling 5-4 win at Carrow Road today, with substitute Adam Lallana coming off the bench and turning around what looked to be a certain defeat into an incredible win, scoring the last of those 9 goals in the 95th minute of the contest.

A breathless Lallana told BT Sport after the game, "A strange afternoon. I was just delighted to get the three points in the end. When they scored you just think it was going to be one of those days. A massive three points for us."

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