Man Utd news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba strike to leave side 13 points off top

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.

Chelsea news: Blues extend winning run to 10 Premier League matches

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 FC news: Adam Lallana at the double as Jurgen Klopp's side hit top form

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.

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp admits Loris Karius 'not too fine' after being dropped

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.

Jose Mourinho's team overcame Crystal Palace 2-1 after goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with an equaliser from James McArthur sandwiched in between the two goals.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he is fearful of being without midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for a 'long time'. Gundogan was forced off during City's 2-0 victory over Watford on Wednesday night.

The former England international was ready to talk to BBC Radio Manchester listeners during City's clash with Watford until bosses took him off duty at 11am on Wednesday night.

Everton are facing a challenge to persuade the England midfielder to commit to new deal following a difficult start to his relationship with manager Ronald Koeman.

Rooney resides in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's world now. And in Zlatan's world, there is only one man leading the Manchester United line and it is not Wayne Rooney.

EXCLUSIVE BY MATT LAWTON: Cardiff City are pursuing a High Court claim for almost £10million in damages against Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and three of the most powerful agents in the game.

KIERAN GILL AT WHITE HART LANE: At several points in this tie, it seemed as if Tottenham Hotspur's supporters were aiming their songs at Paris Saint-Germain, telling them to stay away.

West Brom 3-1 Swansea: Salomon Rondon bags 13 minute hat-trick of headers as Baggies go

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.

Tottenham news: Christian Eriksen finishes 30-pass move to set Spurs en route to win over

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.

MAN CITY 2-0 WATFORD - CHRIS WHEELER AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Pablo Zabaleta scored his first Manchester City goal in two years as Pep Guardiola's side eased past Watford.

WEST HAM 1-0 BURNLEY - SAM CUNNINGHAM AT THE LONDON STADIUM: West Ham sealed their first win in the Premier League since October 22 after Mark Noble scored off the rebound of his missed penalty in the first half.

STOKE 0-0 SOUTHAMPTON - MIKE KEEGAN AT THE BET365 STADIUM: Stoke and Southampton showed exactly why there was just one point splitting them prior to the game.

Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery scores penalty past Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic

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.

Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic refuses to give Paul Pogba motm award

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

Jose Mourinho has been left sweating over the fitness of Manchester United's Eric Bailly after the defender had to be substituted off against Crystal Palace.

Antonio Conte's side beat Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of Cesc Fabregas' first half strike and will remain in first place on December 25 having extended their lead at the summit to six points.

The electrifyingly fast and skillful 17-year-old Kylian Mbappe is the rising star of French football, and helped France win the Under-19 European championship in July, scoring five goals.

Liverpool fc fans break advertising hoarding as they go wild in celebrating third goal

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.

Wigan 0-2 Newcastle: Goals from Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu send Rafa Benitez's side

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.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The formidable Morris is in conflict with the Football League after being denied access to the details of TV deals he claims could be a lot better.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-1 PRESTON - JANINE SELF AT THE CITY GROUND: The Americans are coming and the word is that Forest coach Philippe Montanier is safe ‘for now’. It has been one step forward, two back.

QPR 0-1 DERBY - ADAM SHERGOLD AT LOFTUS ROAD: Tom Ince’s sixth goal in six matches was enough to return the Rams to the Championship play-off places. It was a sickening blow for Ian Holloway and Rangers.

JOE BERNSTEIN AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: For Wednesday night's game against Watford, Guardiola axed his most expensive signing John Stones and reverted to a more traditional back four.

The 28-year-old, currently on loan at Stoke City, is suing his former representative Francis Kacou over money allegedly taken without the player's authorisation from his transfer to Swansea.

Everton are in talks with United over a possible £24million move for Morgan Schneiderlin after Jose Mourinho said he would not stand in the way of the French midfielder moving in January.

The Argentine is training again with his boyhood club Estudiantes after promising to return for the 2017 Copa Libertadores if fans bought 65 per cent of boxes at the club's new stadium.

Gianfranco Zola has been appointed as the next manager of Birmingham City. Zola joins on a two-and-a-half year deal just hours after Gary Rowett was sacked by the Championship club.

Sportsmail understands that the Anfield side had been targeted by Chinese investors with state backing. China Everbright are keen to do business with Fenway Sports Group for the £800m-valued club.

Manchester United turn up late AGAIN in London ahead of clash with Crystal Palace

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.

Man United news: Anthony Martial shops after being left out of squad to face Crystal

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo believes he would have won more Ballon d'Or than Lionel Messi if they played on the same side. The Real Madrid star was named the player of the year for the fourth time.

KIERAN GILL: It’s safe to say some supporters weren’t impressed by Arsenal’s best-paid player after the 2-1 loss at Everton, and they queued up to criticise.

Ajax teenager Daishawn Redan has arrived at Manchester United's training ground ahead of his proposed move. The 15-year-old has been playing above his age group since he was eight.

After winning his first 10 matches in charge at the Etihad Stadium, things have become a little more difficult for the decorated Spaniard, as City have struggled to find consistency.

Arsenal were poor against Everton, but they can still win the title

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 proudly unveils latest Ballon d’Or award at his museum

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.

The Royals' playing style has been likened to that of Catalan giants 'Barcelona' since Stam took over in the summer and now they have outdone the Spanish club. But not in the way they might have liked.

Cristiano Ronaldo believes he would have won more Ballon d'Or than Lionel Messi if they played on the same side. The Real Madrid star was named the player of the year for the fourth time.

You may not know much about Shanghai SIPG, but the chances are when Oscar joins them from Chelsea this summer their squad will be worth more than the team you support.

Diego Costa was filmed drinking a bottle of beer in the dressing room after his late goal beat West Brom on Sunday, while still in his kit, and Conte believes this method of recovery is helpful to his players.

Julian Draxler finds himself at the centre of a media storm after his efforts to leave Wolfsburg in January. But will the £30m-rated star find a new club that is big enough for him?

Zinedine Zidane lavishes praise on Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo

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.

Arsenal and Everton players have to be separated at half-time... by legendary Goodison

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.

CHARLES SALE: The difficulty of keeping 20 Premier League clubs united behind a collective TV agreement, despite the £8.3bn value of the current deal, became apparent at the last summit.

Reading manager and former Manchester United player Stam has hit back at Leeds United fans after they called his team's play 'boring' during the Royals' 2-0 loss, saying their style is 'not my cup of tea'.

DOMINIC KING AT GOODISON PARK: How many times have you seen him this way? Sat in between his assistants, wincing his displeasure, unable to understand why things aren't going to plan.

Football history as first penalty awarded using video replays during Club World Cup 

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

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.

Chelsea are set to pursue their interest in Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule when the transfer market opens next month. The Blues had a bid rejected for the German youngster back in August.

Stuart Pearce spent six years in charge of the Under-21s from 2007 to 2013, the highlight of his reign was taking England to the final of Euro 2009 in Sweden, which they lost to Germany.

Former Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR boss Hughes joins Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce on the significant total.

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.

Mark Warburton urges 15-year-old Billy Gilmour to stay at Rangers amid high interest from Europe's top clubs

Everton defender Ashley Williams looking to build on Arsenal scalp 

Massimo Donati left in awe after his Parkhead experience on Celtic return 

Rangers boss Mark Warburton is glad combative striker Joe Garner doesn't dish it out in training

Kylian Mbappe hits a hat-trick for Monaco as 'new Thierry Henry' helps hosts to a 7-0 win against Rennes

Rangers boss Mark Warburton backs Malky Mackay for top SFA job

Manchester United concerned over Eric Bailly after defender suffers knee injury against Crystal Palace

Ross Barkley in no rush to sign new deal at Everton as Tottenham eye summer move for unsettled midfielder

Dele Alli shows why Tottenham are fending off PSG interest as he shines in routine win over Hull

Liverpool fans break advertising hoarding as they go wild in celebrating third goal against Middlesbrough 

Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokingly refuses to give man of the match award to Paul Pogba after Crystal Palace win...

Jose Mourinho leaps to defence of Manchester United star Marcos Rojo after Argentine avoids red card against Crystal Palace

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Preston: Chris Maxwell own goal hands home side a share of the spoils

QPR 0-1 Derby: Tom Ince strikes again as Rams claim seventh successive win

Wilfried Bony in £8m dispute over lost earnings with former club Swansea

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola fears Ilkay Gundogan could be out of action for a 'long time' with knee injury

Wayne Rooney has been reduced to role of support cast at Manchester United... he is just a willing dogsbody in a side run by...

Derby and Leeds to play March friendly as Rams chairman Mel Morris looks to show up Football League over media rights

Cardiff go after Malky Mackay for £10m 'transfer plot' ahead of his appointment by the Scottish FA 

Pep Guardiola goes back to basics after Leicester debacle as Manchester City keep clean sheet against Watford

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