CRYSTAL PALACE 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED - SAMI MOKBEL AT SELHURST PARK: It was a repeat of last season's FA Cup final. Even if the goals came in a different order, the outcome was the same, with Crystal Palace putting up a good fight but ultimately falling to defeat against Manchester United. This has not been an ideal season for Jose Mourinho, but form is finally coming as goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned them the win.
SUNDERLAND 0-1 CHELSEA - CRAIG HOPE AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT: Cesc Fabregas struck to earn Chelsea a tenth straight victory and maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table. The Spaniard struck five minutes before half-time to give the Blues the lead as he sidefooted the ball past Black Cats goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Liverpool hit top form again as Lallana grabs double and Mignolet keeps clean sheet after replacing axed Karius
MIDDLESBROUGH 0-3 LIVERPOOL - DOMINIC KING AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM: So it turns out Jurgen Klopp called this one wrong: Loris Karius could have played and the final result would not have been in any semblance of danger. Klopp decided no good could have come from subjecting the German to an ordeal on the barren banks of the Tees, at a venue where Liverpool historically falter. As it turned out, this became the easiest game of the campaign for any Liverpool goalkeeper.
'You can imagine that he did not immediately want a hug': Klopp admits Karius was 'not too fine' after being benched at Boro
DOMINIC KING AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM: Loris Karius lost his place between the posts to Simon Mignolet for the trip to Middlesbrough and spent the 90 minutes brooding on the bench. He was the only member of the Liverpool party to show any kind of unhappiness after one of their most emphatic displays of the season. Liverpool blitzed Middlesbrough, winning 3-0 thanks to a double from Adam Lallana and another from Divock Origi, and they played with the authority that had been evident before the last international break.
WEST BROM 3-1 SWANSEA - LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE HAWTHORNS: To allow Salomon Rondon a free header once may be misfortune, twice careless, but three times is the mark of a side in desperate danger of the drop. Swansea discovered as much during a blistering 13-minute spell by the Venezuelan striker, who scored a hat-trick of headers to turn this encounter swiftly in West Bromwich Albion’s favour and leave Bob Bradley furious at his team.
Slick Spurs back on track as Eriksen finishes off 30-pass move to set them en route to victory over struggling Hull
TOTTENHAM 3-0 HULL - MATT BARLOW AT WHITE HART LANE: Eriksen struck twice against Hull and came agonisingly close to a first Spurs hat-trick when his free-kick was touched against a post by goalkeeper David Marshall and dropped for Victor Wanyama to get the third of the night. He has scored five in his last four Premier League games after suffering a subdued start to the campaign and Spurs needed his influence.
Rooney has been reduced to a support role under Mourinho... he is now just a willing dogsbody in a side run by Ibrahimovic
ADAM CRAFTON AT SELHURST PARK: With a rustling beard and a weary frown, Wayne Rooney returned to the Manchester United team for only his second Premier League start since September 18, when he was wretched in a 3-1 defeat by Watford. He might have hoped for a central role, as a the traditional frontman or perhaps playing in behind a striker. Nowadays, however, Rooney is not in a position to dictate. He can barely get on the pitch in the Premier League, so when he is granted a chance, he will do as he's told.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was just as entertaining after the final whistle as he was on it as he, with the help of Paul Pogba, inspired Manchester United to victory over Crystal Palace. The charismatic Swede provided the assist for the Frenchman's opening goal before latching onto the end of his team-mate's pass to score a late winner for the Red Devils. But his best performance came after the final whistle as he joked around with the BT Sport interviewer
The stars of Arsenal did their best to forget about the events at Goodison Park as they enjoyed a night out in London on Wednesday night. The players saw their 14-match undefeated run in the Premier League brought to an end by Everton on Tuesday. And the majority of the squad, including Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, attempted to put the result behind them as they attended a performance of La Soiree.
Newcastle moved above Brighton and back to the top of the Championship with a 2-0 victory at Wigan. Rafa Benitez's side took the lead when Mohamed Diame combined with Isaac Hayden before placing the ball in the bottom corner in the 28th minute. The hosts pushed for an equaliser but substitute Christian Atsu sealed three points with a thunderous strike with just 12 minutes left on the clock.
After seeing their side drop five points from winning positions in their last two games, you could forgive them for celebrating wildly as they went three goals to the good. As Adam Lallana latched onto Divock Origi's cutback to put Liverpool 3-0 up against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, the away end at the Riverside went spare. And Jurgen Klopp's side weren't going to let this lead slip after throwing it away during a last-gasp 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth and a disappointing 2-2 draw against West Ham.
A big fight demands a big support network and, luckily for Anthony Joshua, the heavyweight world champion has just that as he prepares to face Wladimir Klitschko in the spring. Joshua, who destroyed Eric Molina in three rounds at the Manchester Arena on Saturday to set up the super-bout against former champ Klitschko, will take on the Ukrainian at Wembley Stadium in April. Here, after AJ shared a picture of his backroom team on social media, Sportsmail runs down who will be helping AJ prepare for a career-defining fight...
Terminally-ill kid given red carpet treatment by big-hearted stars in emotional scenes before Sunderland vs Chelsea match
Bradley Lowery was treated to the night of his life on Wednesday when he got to lead out his beloved Sunderland at the Stadium of Light before their game against Chelsea. The five-year old has endeared himself to the heart of a nation after his tragic story saw thousands donate to help fight the rare form of cancer he suffers from. Young Bradley is fighting the spreading disease for a second time and a low immune system means he will not be able to mix with people in the coming weeks.
Martial shops in Trafford Centre with his girlfriend after being left out of Manchester United squad to face Palace
Anthony Martial went shopping on Wednesday afternoon as Manchester United travelled to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The Frenchman was not present as the Red Devils made the trip to south London and instead spent the afternoon.
COUPE DE LA LIGUE ROUND-UP:Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe scored a hat trick as Monaco continued their astonishing scoring form with a 7-0 home win against Rennes to qualify for the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The electrifyingly fast and skillful 17-year-old Mbappe is the rising star of French football, and helped France win the Under-19 European championship in July, scoring five goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo has never been shy of showing off his many trophies and achievements - to the extent of founding a museum in his own honour on his home island of Madeira. Now he has a new centrepiece for the museum - his fourth Ballon D'Or, won on Monday night after an exceptional 2016. Ronaldo has placed the golden ball on a special pedestal.
'From champion to legend overnight': Joshua eyes heavyweight glory as he faces up to 'obsessed' Klitschko at Wembley
Anthony Joshua believes his fight against Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 next year will make him a 'legend overnight'. The dominant IBF champion shared a stage with the veteran Ukrainian as both men afforded one another respect in the pre-fight press conference. Joshua is under no illusion that fighting Klitschko will be a step up in class and is preparing accordingly.
F*** Floyd, what is Floyd going to do? McGregor slams Mayweather as UFC star poses with 'mutant' Lamborghini
Speculation surrounding a superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has been fuelled by the Irishman's latest tirade.
Treading on hot coals? Groundsmen use ingenious method to prepare pitch for final England vs India Test after cyclone chaos
The groundsmen at Chennai are using every method possible to get the pitch ready for the fifth test between India and England, including hot coals to dry the surface. Chennai has been hit by a cyclone, leaving ground staff at the Chepauk Stadium with a race against time to get the pitch in a fit state for the final test match of the series. The video, shared by Sky Sports on their Twitter page, shows the groundsmen rolling trays of coals up and down the pitch, with wooden poles underneath to stop the surface from burning.
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Real are in Japan looking to win the Club World Cup for a second time, having claimed the 2014 title in Morocco, and must beat Mexican giants Club America to book their place in the final. Speaking ahead of the game, Zidane was full of praise for his player and believes Ronaldo is capable of further honours.
Chapecoense plane crash survivors return home to Brazil as defender Neto is told news of tragedy after waking from coma
Two of the Chapecoense players who survived the air crash in Colombia last month has returned home to Brazil. Doctors say that goalkeeper Jackson Follmann is well enough to undergo surgery on his back when he gets back to Sao Paulo. Follman, one of just six survivors from the crash that killed 71 people, including 19 players, had part of his right leg amputated in Medellin, Colombia following the crash on November 28.
Big Dunc the unlikely peacemaker in half-time row: Arsenal and Everton players separated by legendary hardman Ferguson
Former Everton player Duncan Ferguson was forced to step in as tensions between the Toffees and visitors Arsenal threatened to boil over during the Premier League clash on Tuesday night. The tussle began between midfielder James McCarthy and German playmaker Mesut Ozil and quickly escalated as both teams made their way down the narrow tunnel at half-time. Legendary hardman Ferguson, who is now a coach at the club, was quick to play peacemaker between the heated pair, much to the surprise of those watching.
Everton players bring Christmas joy to Alder Hey Children's Hospital as they visit patients after beating Arsenal
Everton players sacrificed a rare break from training on Wednesday to bring some Christmas cheer to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. The Toffees certainly deserved to put their feet up after a hard-fought win over Arsenal at Goodison Park on Tuesday evening, but instead got together to help those who won't be able to spend Christmas in the comfort of their own homes.
Arsenal were poor against Everton but CAN still win the Premier League. So, what do they need to do for a first title in 12 years?
Arsenal's defeat by Everton on Tuesday night was both unexpected and a wake-up call to those feeling increasingly optimistic about the Gunners' title prospects. The defeat, and the performance, should both be cause for concern for the Gunners, but the fact remains that they went into Tuesday's game unbeaten in League and Europe since August, and come out of it still second in the table.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract with the club until June 2021. The Bundesliga leaders have said that the 28-year-old Poland captain signed the agreement on Tuesday. After putting pen to paper, Lewandowski said: 'I'm delighted that the discussions came to a positive outcome and that I'm staying attached to Bayern for another few years.
INTERVIEW BY MIKE DICKSON: The Ian Wooldridge Award, established to honour the memory of our late chief sports writer who died nine years ago, is voted for by you, our readers. It celebrates that elusive blend of sporting genius and Corinthian spirit — and in this case Olympian spirit — that ‘Woolers’ loved and admired. Nominated by Mike Dickson, this year’s very deserving winner is our hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who outsmarted the Dutch in a nailbiting penalty shootout to steer Team GB’s women to Olympic gold.
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Mackay is set to return for the first time since his controversial texting scandal... So, are the SFA right to put their faith in him?
The debate is raging in Scotland over the suitability of Malky Mackay's potential appointment as the Scottish Football Association's new performance director. The former Cardiff City manager left his position at the Championship club under a cloud almost three years ago after being embroiled in a racism and sexism scandal. With the controversial 44-year-old now set to replace Brian McClair, Sportsmail's STEPHEN MCGOWAN and LORNE GARDNER weigh up the case for and against bringing him back into the fold.