LEICESTER CITY 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED - ROB DRAPER AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: Jose Mourinho understandably wasn't in the mood for perspective. He had just watch his Manchester United chuck away a lead against ten-man Leicester City and, even by his own standards, he was brutal in his assessment of his own players. 'Childish' was one word used; 'joke' was another. They hadn't even followed basic instructions at the end when Chris Smalling, limping with an injury, was unable to move and thus couldn't track Harry Maguire's run for a glorious equalising goal with pretty much the last kick of the game. Ashley Young had been tasked with telling the team to protect Smalling; somehow the message hadn't got through. So it wasn't surprising that Mourinho wasn't ready to look for the bigger picture. But some context: after 19 games last season, the half-way point, they had 36 points and were sixth. After this game, at the same stage, they have 42 points and are second.
'Joke chances... childish decisions': Mourinho launches scathing attack on his own players after throwing away lead at Leicester
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho launched an extraordinary attack on his players accusing them of being ‘childish’, of missing ‘joke chances’ and of failing to follow his instructions as they conceded an injury time equaliser to 10-man Leicester City to fall thirteen points behind leaders Manchester City. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial missed easy chances in a game United should have won comfortably and Mourinho said he had told Ashley Young to reorganise the defence in the light of a late injury to Chris Smalling. Their failure to do so led directly to Harry Maguire’s last-gasp equaliser as United fell even further behind neighbours City.
Kane scores his SEVENTH Premier League hat-trick for dominant Spurs as they leapfrog Burnley and Arsenal into fifth place
BURNLEY 0-3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - IAN HERBERT AT TURF MOOR: Tottenham leapfrogged Burnley in the table courtesy of a dominant victory at Turf Moor where Harry Kane hit his seventh Premier League hat-trick. Spurs, who are now up to fifth, started quick and were ahead inside seven minutes when Kane converted a penalty won by pantomime villain Dele Alli. England star Alli was booed by Burnley fans from the fourth minute when he was booked for a lunging challenge on Charlie Taylor.
Aguero hits 100th goal at the Etihad as his brace helps City down Bournemouth to extend winning run to SEVENTEEN
MANCHESTER CITY 4-0 BOURNEMOUTH - OLIVER HOLT AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City toyed with the prey at the Etihad. They did not humiliate them with an avalanche of goals. They restricted themselves to four. They did not tear them to pieces. They just played with them like a cat who has a mouse it cannot be bothered to kill. They made intricate patterns and with their passes and their movement and they kept the ball for minutes at a time, making Bournemouth chase and sweat and harry, all in vain. They did not move out of first gear. They did not need to.
Ayew fires sublime equaliser for Swansea to cancel out Milivojevic penalty and rescue a point against Palace
SWANSEA CITY 1-1 CRYSTAL PALACE - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM: When the new broom arrives, there’s going to be just a little less mess to clean up. A pigsty, yes, but not quite as filthy as it was. A draw at home against Crystal Palace might not seem like a great deal because it isn’t. But when you are falling towards the Championship at such a mind-scrambling pace, anything other than defeat feels like a gift wrapped in a bow.
Relief for Benitez as Newcastle earn first league win since October after West Ham miss a penalty in five-goal thriller
WEST HAM 2-3 NEWCASTLE - MATT BARLOW AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Happy Xmas (Wor Slump Is Over) as Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone with their first win in 10 attempts. Goals from Henri Saivet, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu and a penalty save from Rob Elliot secured three points and eased the strain for Rafa Benitez. Marko Arnautovic had given West Ham an early lead and Andre Ayew pulled one back but David Moyes was left to consider the wisdom of resting his best players for the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal.
'It was a very ugly and nasty challenge': Wagner accuses Austin of deliberately kicking goalkeeper Lossl in the face
David Wagner has accused Southampton striker Charlie Austin of deliberately trying to hurt Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. Lossl received treatment for a cut in the first half at St Mary’s after Austin caught him with a right boot when running for the ball despite the Danish keeper having already claimed it.
'He definitely did that on purpose!': Messi smashes a free-kick into Ronaldo's face and CR7's horrorshow airshot - SIX THINGS YOU MISSED FROM EL CLASICO
El Clasico never fails to entertain. The latest installment may have been a case of brinksmanship in the first half but the second was gripping. Luis Suarez rounded off a brilliant Barcelona move to open the scoring, before Lionel Messi converted a penalty when Dani Carvajal handballed on the goal-line. The defender was sent off for his troubles, and Aleix Vidal made it three in the final moments of the game. But aside from the goals and red card, there were a number of other talking points which may have slipped under the radar. Sportsmail provides six things you may have missed from El Clasico.
Barcelona legend Puyol travels back with stars on team bus to celebrate El Clasico victory over rivals Real Madrid and poses for a snap
Barcelona legend Carles Puyol got the team bus back with the players to celebrate their convincing El Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid on Saturday. The former Spain defender posed with Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta on the coach. Puyol, who made over 350 La Liga appearances for Barca, took to Twitter to share the snap after the match.
AC MILAN 0-2 ATALANTA: AC Milan were beaten 2-0 by Atlanta at the San Siro on Saturday evening as the pressure intensified on interim manager Gennaro Gattuso. Bryan Cristante and Josip Ilicic struck either side of the interval as Gian Piero Gasperini's side emerged from Milan with all three points. The result means club legend Gattuso has won just twice in his six matches in charge of the Rossoneri, since replacing Vincenzo Montella at the helm on a deal until the end of the season.
Hamilton enjoys a white Christmas and a snooze as he plays in the snow with his beloved bulldogs Roscoe and Coco
Lewis Hamilton seems to be enjoying the weather at this time of the year. His two bulldogs Roscoe and Coco? Not so much. The Formula One star has been spending time in the snow during the off-season alongside his two popular pooches. But the bulldogs looked less than impressed when Hamilton dressed them in a winter coat and prepared to take them out into the cold. Roscoe and Coco soon bought into the Christmas spirit though, running through the snow. One even took a trip in a sledge as Hamilton made the most of the festive weather.
JUVENTUS 1-0 ROMA: Medhi Benatia's first-half strike was enough as Juventus beat Roma 1-0 in Serie A to move within a point of leaders Napoli. Miralem Pjanic struck the crossbar for Juve in stoppage time, while the hosts were also indebted to Wojciech Szczesny for a series of fine saves. Alessandro Florenzi was denied by the woodwork for Roma, who suffered a second successive loss.
Allardyce's awful shoes, Everton's four-legged fan and Southgate watches on from the stands: Things you missed from Chelsea's frustrating draw with the Toffees
Everton are continuing to move in the right direction under Sam Allardyce as they held on to earn a share of the spoils in a hotly-contested affair against Chelsea on Saturday. Here, Sportsmail brings you a round-up of all the things you might have missed from the goalless stalemate at Goodison Park.
'Maybe it helps eating all that Icelandic fish': Sigurdsson on how his diet propelled him to top, Clement and working under Big Sam
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DOMINIC KING: Father knew best. The night before he was about to face a tricky reunion with his old employers, Gylfi Sigurdsson decided to call home. The advice he would receive was crucial. ‘I had a chat with my dad, Sigurd,’ the Everton midfielder explains. ‘He said, “Whatever you do, don’t celebrate”. I’d spent three and a half years at Swansea, played my first Premier League game there. I’ve too much respect. When he said don’t celebrate I said, “I know”. I was never going to do it.’
WASPS 49-24 GLOUCESTER: Wasps replaced Gloucester in second place in the Aviva Premiership with a bonus-point 49-24 victory before a crowd of 26,296 at the Ricoh Arena. There was little between the teams until 49th minute when Thomas Young's breakaway try turned the game Wasps' way. Christian Wade crossed for a brace of tries, with Guy Thompson, Dan Robson, Willie Le Roux and Young also going over for the hosts and Danny Cipriani converted five and kicked three penalties.
Bairstow jumps to the defence of under fire Root and Broad as England train ahead of Boxing Day Ashes test
Jonny Bairstow has launched a staunch defence of both his captain Joe Root and off-colour senior seamer Stuart Broad as England seek to salvage pride in the Boxing Day Test. England and their Ashes hosts were back to work in Melbourne on Saturday, just as the much of the world clocked off for the Christmas break, and it fell to Bairstow to set out in his press conference the collective ambition to put right what has been lacking so far. Australia have emphatically regained the Ashes by opening up an unassailable 3-0 lead with wide-margin wins at every stop so far.
STARS OF SPORT
MORE STARS OF SPORT
TRY OUR SPORT QUIZZES
The boy's got talent! Van Persie's son Shaqueel shows off impressive technique in training ground video shot by proud father
Robin Van Persie's son, Shaqueel, has provided further evidence of a promising football career to come as he was filmed easing through a practice drill. The video, posted on his dad's Instagram account , shows Shaqueel practicing his dribbling and finishing skills. The practice begins with Shaqueel sprinting to the cones, which he then weaves in and out of with emphatic composure.
Hamsik surpasses Maradona's record to become Napoli's all-time top goalscorer with first-half winner against Sampdoria
Marek Hamsik has become Napoli's all-time record scorer after netting his 116th goal for the Serie A club to surpass Argentine great Diego Maradona's tally. Hamsik took the record outright by scoring after 39 minutes in Napoli's league game against Sampdoria on Saturday, having drawn level with Maradona's total with his goal last weekend against Torino. Against Sampdoria, Allan dribbled through three players in the area before picking out Dries Mertens, who rolled the ball across for Hamsik to tap in from close range.
Hayes scores against his former club Aberdeen to help stretch Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership
Celtic stretched their lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to eight points with an emphatic 3-0 home win over second-placed Aberdeen. Right-back Mikael Lustig's deflected shot in the 40th minute was the highlight of a surprisingly tepid first half. The Hoops stepped up the pace after the break and in the 68th minute former Dons winger Jonny Hayes notched his first Celtic goal since joining in the summer, with French midfielder Oliver Ntcham wrapping up the points with a third.
Murty's first game as permanent Rangers boss ends in defeat after Boyd nets a quickfire brace to complete comeback
Graeme Murty's first match as a permanent Rangers boss ended in disappointment as Kris Boyd's double earned Kilmarnock a 2-1 win at Rugby Park. Having been handed the reins until the end of the season, Murty was hoping to boost his chances of landing a longer stay in the Ibrox hotseat by avoiding the kind of slip-ups his side suffered against Hamilton, Dundee and St Johnstone during his nine-game caretaker stint. And it was looking positive as Declan John - fresh from converting his Cardiff loan switch into a three-and-a-half-year deal on Friday - swept them ahead six minutes before half-time.
Inside F1's Secret Santa: From posh dog bowls for Hamilton to Massa's pensioner package... what the stars bought each other
Secret Santa reveals are often hit-and-miss with the recipient — and that's certainly how it turned out when the Formula One stars opened their festive gifts. The F1 drivers were all given a rival name to buy for and the all-important reveal took place at this year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the 2017 campaign. There was one notable team absent from the traditional Christmas fun, though, with Ferrari not taking part in the sport's hilarious video.
Australia's Ashes-winning captain Smith has tennis rally with Raonic as he takes break ahead of Boxing Day Test
Having played a starring role in Australia regaining the Ashes you could forgive Steve Smith for letting his hair down ahead of the fourth Test. Two centuries, including his highest first-class score of 239 in Perth, saw the Aussies win the urn back at the earliest opportunity on Monday. And despite the fourth Test in Melbourne being just a few days away, the Aussie captain had his mind firmly on another ball game on Thursday.
Guardiola is the man who buys success wherever he goes and has Man City on the way to Premier League glory once again
SPECIAL REPORT BY IAN HERBERT AND NICK HARRIS: The 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League table does not tell the full story. You have to listen to Pep Guardiola’s players to see what he brings, manhandling and yelling at them until they see the light. ‘Guardiola’s switched my brain back on,’ Raheem Sterling observed recently, describing the critical change in body shape that his manager has taught him to adopt when receiving the ball. Eric Abidal once described his initial annoyance at being shouted at like ‘a 15-year old’ by Guardiola and being ordered ‘to stay back when my strength was getting forward’. He was a Barcelona Champions League-winning defender inside two years. ‘Tactically I have never come across anyone like him,’ he said.