SAMI MOKBEL AT SELHURST PARK: This wasn’t one for the highlights reel, but knowing Jose Mourinho it is a night he will remember. The Manchester United manager loves a scrap, and this war of attrition certainly fell into that category. But above all, Mourinho loves a tussle he wins. How many times have we seen a Mourinho side labour yet still come away with three points? Add another one to the collection, Jose. This wasn’t vintage United, nowhere near it. But like a true Mourinho team, they found a way to emerge victorious.
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
The German 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.
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 offering three early Christmas gifts. The result, a fourth victory in six games for Tony Pulis’s side, lifts West Brom into seventh and cuts Swansea further adrift in the relegation zone.
Pass masters Spurs back on track as Eriksen finishes off 30-pass move to set them en route to victory over 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 against Hull because they are still not at their most fluent.
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.
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
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.
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.
You're late AGAIN! Manchester United turn up at Crystal Palace just an hour before kick-off amid London traffic chaos
Manchester United turned up for their league clash with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night only an hour before kick-off, the third time they have arrived late for a London game in eight months. The Premier League game at Selhurst Park will kick-off at 8.00pm as scheduled despite Jose Mourinho's side leaving it fine on their arrival time.
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.
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. Arsene Wenger's side played as poorly against Everton as they have all season, yet they must know that this remains their best chance for a title in the best part of a decade.
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 in pride of place on a special pedestal in the museum, and shared a picture of the display via Instagram.
Zidane lavishes praise on Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo as Real Madrid prepare for Club World Cup clash with Club America
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.
Big Dunc the unlikely peacemaker in half-time row: Arsenal and Everton players separated by 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.
Football history was made on Wednesday when a penalty was awarded with the help of video replays for the first time. FIFA's Club World Cup was the stage for the ground-breaking moment, as referee Viktor Kassai consulted a TV monitor pitchside to make his decision during the clash between Kashima Antlers and Athletic Nacional. Kashima defender Daigo Nishi was fouled inside the box by Athletic forward Orlando Berrio in the 31st minute of the encounter, an incident initially missed by the officials.
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 stars enjoy night out watching La Soiree as they try to banish the memories of Everton defeat
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 in Leicester Square.