"In those games, we will try to take points. Outside of those fixtures, we are not in control." United remain second, a point above Chelsea, who climbed above Tottenham into third place courtesy of a 4-0 success at West Bromwich Albion. In addition to Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a rapturous reception from United's fans when he came on as a substitute following his recovery from a serious knee injury.
"We had control, we had goals, we had beautiful actions."Get Jose Mourinho's thoughts on #MUFC's resounding victory: https://t.co/pbpdwoUg8S pic.twitter.com/UQxK9l1I8S — Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 18, 2017
Romelu Lukaku added a fourth, swapping passes with Juan Mata and thrashing home to end a seven-game goal drought. At Leicester, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne struck fine goals as ruthless Manchester City registered a 16th successive victory in all competitions. Jesus finished off a slick move shortly before half-time and De Bruyne made it 2-0 early in the second half with a blistering left-foot shot into the top-left corner. "It is complicated to defend against Leicester, but we did really well. We did not concede one chance in 90 minutes," Guardiola told the BBC. "We continue with our good rhythm in terms of points and the way we play."
Our Man of the Match discussed being back in action following our 4-1 win over Newcastle...More from @PaulPogba: https://t.co/QqRvVmVL50 pic.twitter.com/DCGgXLrQr5 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 18, 2017
City captain Vincent Kompany made his first league start since August following his latest calf injury. But in a major blow for the visitors, Guardiola said fellow centre-back John Stones was facing "four to six weeks" out after being forced off in the first half with a hamstring problem.
Great team performance at a difficult ground today, it was a great feeling to be back with the lads on the pitch. Thanks to the fans again for your support, we’re all wishing John a speedy recovery! #ManCity pic.twitter.com/cnNVvJyWCJ— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) November 18, 2017
Chelsea piled the pressure on West Brom manager Tony Pulis with a breezy 4-0 win at The Hawthorns, where Antonio Conte's side secured the title last season. Eden Hazard scored twice and had a hand in Alvaro Morata's 17th-minute opener, with Marcos Alonso also on target.
#PEP: It is unfortunate for us and for John and I think he might be out for six weeks with that type of injury.We don't have a lot of central defenders. But the spirit in the team and with all the players is good so we are going to find a solution. #mancity — Manchester City (@ManCity) November 18, 2017
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino felt, with justification, that the free-kick that led to Mustafi's goal should not have been awarded and that Mustafi had been offside from Mesut Ozil's cross. "I'm disappointed because the small details were against us, which makes it difficult to win," Pochettino told Sky Sports. Liverpool remain fifth, above sixth-place Arsenal on goal difference, after a routine 3-0 home win over Southampton at Anfield. Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scored two first-half goals - the first a magnificent curler - to become the Premier League's leading scorer on nine goals, with Philippe Coutinho adding a third.
Arsene Wenger has absolutely no interest in your thoughts on offside goals. ? pic.twitter.com/Cq66cYCIUw— Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 18, 2017