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Leicester City 2-2 Man United: Harry Maguire strikes late

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.

Jose Mourinho labels his own players as 'childish'

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.

Those proclaiming City are already the greatest team in Premier League history need either to get a grip or reclaim their memory. City have blazed a comet trail but the season is only 19 games old.

OLIVER HOLT EXCLUSIVE: Nearly every day for 16 years, Scholes and Neville sat next to each other in the Red Devils dressing room. Their personalities are a study in opposites.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has poured scorn on the idea that Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City side are the best team in Premier League history.

He played in a Champions League final, earned millions in a seven year Premier League career, slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars.

Tony Pulis is emerging as a prime contender to replace sacked Garry Monk as Middlesbrough manager. Monk was sacked on Saturday despite leading his side to a 2-1 comeback win.

CHRIS WHEELER AT THE ETIHAD: Pep Guardiola has admitted Sergio Aguero is frustrated at Manchester City and will make the final decision over his own future at the Etihad.

Australia bowler Mitchell Starc couldn't resist a dig at England after it was confirmed on Saturday that he will miss the Boxing Day Ashes Test in Melbourne because of his bruised heel.

Burnley 0-3 Tottenham: Harry Kane 7th hat-trick in 2017

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.

JACK GAUGHAN AT TURF MOOR: Barely 180 seconds had passed here when the ball ran free in midfield. Dele Alli’s eyes were transfixed on it, with Charlie Taylor in his periphery.

JACK GAUGHAN AT TURF MOOR: Harry Kane’s hat-trick blew Burnley away and he now stands on 93 Premier League goals, with eyes on Alan Shearer’s haul of 260.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard praised Tottenham striker Harry Kane after he equalled Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year.

FIFA have effectively promised they will investigate suspected Russian doping in football before the 2018 World Cup gets under way — which could decimate the Russia national team.

Man City 4-0 Bournemouth: Pep Guardiola's side 17th win

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.

Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew sublime equaliser

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.

LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE KING POWER: There wasn’t opportunity to show off his armband with a celebratory dab for a goal of his own, but Paul Pogba looked the part as Man United captain.

Manchester United will spend Christmas an eye-watering 13 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City after Harry Maguire secured Leicester a draw with a last-gasp goal.

Manchester United's midweek woes continue after conceding a last-minute equaliser to Leicester on Saturday evening. Harry Maguire made it 2-2 on the 94th minute for the hosts.

JOE BERNSTEIN AT GOODISON PARK: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte defended his decision to 'play three No 10s' instead of Batshuayi after his side failed to break down Everton.

KIERAN GILL AT THE AMEX STADIUM: So rare had scoring a goal become for Brighton, when Pascal Gross’ shot sneaked under Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

MIKE KEEGAN AT THE BET365 STADIUM: Mark Hughes had said that defeat here would not have cost him his job. We will never know if he was right.

TOM FARMERY AT ST MARY'S STADIUM: The murmurs started at about midday. A couple of fans outside St Mary’s were quick to point out that they hadn’t seen defender Virgil van Dijk arrive.

JOE BERNSTEIN AT GOODISON PARK: Everton soaked up plenty of pressure from Antonio Conte’s men with Pickford making excellent stops to deny Eden Hazard and Pedro twice.

West Ham 2-3 Newcastle United: Magpies end winless run

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.

Wagner accuses Austin of deliberately kicking Jonas Lossl

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.

Manchester United will allow £25million teenager Ryan Sessegnon to return to Fulham for the remainder of the season if they win the chase to sign him in January. Spurs are also keen on the left back.

MATT LAWTON EXCLUSIVE: The sprinter at the centre of the biggest doping scandal in British athletics in more than a decade is also facing the threat of legal action from a team-mate.

Fury has been training ahead of a potential comeback and is hoping to reclaim the belts he surrendered following his personal issues. Joshua, the IBF and WBA king, is high on his hit-list.

El Clasico: Ronaldo hit in the face by Messi shot and more

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.

Carles Puyol travels back with Barcelona stars on team bus

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.

PETE JENSON AT THE BERNABEU: Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi won the Clasico; Real Madrid lost the league. The champions needed to win this one but are now 14 points behind their rivals.

There was one word that Zinedine Zidane kept repeating in his post-match press conference on Saturday: ‘jodido’ – the polite translation is ‘screwed’ the less polite ‘f***ed.

Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot as Barcelona opened up a 14-point gap over their rivals Real Madrid with a resounding 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the 3-0 defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Barcelona 'hurts'  but maintains his team did not deserve to lose by three goals.

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was sent off in the second-half of Saturday's El Clasico after he deliberately prevented Barcelona from doubling their lead with a handball.

AC Milan 0-2 Atalanta: Pressure mounts on Gennaro Gattuso

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. 

Lewis Hamilton enjoys a white Christmas with his bulldogs

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. 

Aston VIlla drew 2-2 with Sheffield United after a hectic first-half at Villa Park. Albert Adomah netted from the penalty spot after just three minutes to put Villa 1-0 up on Saturday evening.  

Carabao Cup heroes Bristol City were back to the grind of the Championship on Saturday and came away from QPR with a point. Wolves won again, 1-0 against Ipswich.

LEAGUE ONE ROUND-UP: Will Grigg scored a hat-trick as leaders Wigan extended their winning run to five matches with a resounding 7-0 victory over Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.

DOMINIC KING AT GOODISON PARK: Who will be No1? It was a question that used to be posed frequently at this time of the year, in the days when the music charts mattered.

Juventus 1-0 Roma: Benatia's strike secures win for Juve

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.

Everton vs Chelsea: Allardyce's socks, Southgate and more

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.

EXCLUSIVE BY CHRIS WHEELER: The 24-year-old had failed to appear at Carrington for a warm-down session following Manchester United’s thrilling 3-1 win at Arsenal the previous evening.

Arsenal expect to make their long-awaited contract offer to Jack Wilshere as the club faces prospect of losing the midfielder as well as their biggest stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil this summer.

Inter Milan reportedly want to take out of favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan from Manchester United. He has fallen out of favour with coach Jose Mourinho after some lacklustre performances.

Gylfi Sigurdsson on secret behind his incredible stamina

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.’

CHRIS WHEELER AT THE ETIHAD: Why would Manchester City ever want to let go of Sergio Aguero? It is one of the stranger conundrums of Pep Guardiola’s time at the Etihad.

While West Ham have improved defensively under Moyes, their ability to break out of defence has been lacking, notably in their Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal this week.

MATT BARLOW AT THE LONDON STADIUM: David Moyes issued a critical reminder of the standards he expects after West Ham's mini-revival crashed to a halt against Newcastle.

Manchester United have put a £5million asking price on goalkeeper Sam Johnstone who is currently on loan at Aston Villa but could be sold by Jose Mourinho in the January transfer window.

Wasps 49-24 Gloucester: Christian Wade crosses for brace

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.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY NIK SIMON: It takes approximately six seconds for Richard Cockerill to forget about the swearing warning he received from the HR department at Edinburgh Rugby.

WILL KELLEHER AT FRANKLIN’S GARDENS: Northampton's winter of discontent continued at Franklin’s Gardens as they fell to their 10th consecutive defeat in major competitions.

RORY KEANE AT KINGSTON PARK: The Falcons are finishing the year in flying form as Dean Richards’s side secured a hard-fought victory over Harlequins.

Wales believe their one-off clash with South Africa in Washington, DC next year will have significant benefits on and off the field as they prepare for the 2019 World Cup.

Jonny Bairstow defends both Joe Root and Stuart Broad

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.

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth analyses the players' performances so far and says the two remaining Tests could decide the futures of several stars in the squad

PAUL NEWMAN IN MELBOURNE: will stick with their beaten pack to try to get something out of another lost Ashes here on Boxing Day rather than twist and try something different against Australia.

PAUL NEWMAN IN MELBOURNE: Ben Stokes will be given the green light to cash in on Indian Premier League riches even while he still has the threat of criminal charges hanging over him.

England bowler Stuart Broad has come under fire after taking only five wickets in the first three Tests, prompting former captain Michael Vaughan to suggest that he should be left out.

England bowler James Anderson says Australia have problems with their battery of quicks - if you look beyond the trio who have taken the Ashes back from his side Down Under.

Ex-Aussie skipper Ponting is calling on Root to 'step up big time' and stop looking 'like a little boy' if England are to be remotely competitive in this winter's two remaining Ashes Tests Down Under.

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Robin van Persie's son Shaqueel shows football potential

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.

Marek Hamsik breaks Diego Maradona's Napoli goal record

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.

The highly-rated teen was the subject of a £750,000 offer last year but Falkirk rejected it. Now, though, with finances stretched, the Scottish club are understood to be willing to accept much less.

EXCLUSIVE: The stalwart defender, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, has spent 10 years with the Hammers but is open to extending his stay if given the chance.

Pep Guardiola has an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred as Manchester City plan to bolster their midfield options next summer.

Stoke City are continuing to discuss a potential deal for Augsburg full-back Daniel Opare with manager Mark Hughes looking to upgrade his options at full-back.

Chelsea defender Baba Rahman is pushing to be back in contention to play for Antonio Conte in January having been out of action for 10 months with knee ligament damage.

Vitaly Mutko, the head of the 2018 Russian World Cup and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, is facing a Boxing Day crisis meeting which could strip him of his role in charge of the Russian FA.

Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen: Rodgers' side stretch lead at the top

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.

Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers: Murty's first game ends in defeat

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.

Manchester United are eyeing a move for Ajax teen sensation Justin Kluivert. The Red Devils have tracked the 18-year-old for more than a year as they look to improve on the youth talent.

Hector Bellerin believes his manager Arsene Wenger's half-time team talk inspired Arsenal's comeback in Friday's chaotic 3-3 draw with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

Gary Neville has urged Jurgen Klopp to get rid of a number of his Liverpool players after they surrendered a two-goal away against Arsenal. The Reds were 2-0 up before drawing the game 3-3.

The 20-year-old is on loan at Anderlecht but was injured during Friday's 1-0 win over his former club Eupen and was taken off on a stretcher in the 78th minute. He cost Everton £6.8million in the summer.

Klopp can see similarities between himself and interim Swans boss Britton but hopes Liverpool can make it an unhappy start to his spell in temporary charge of the Premier League strugglers.

JACK GAUGHAN: Aguero is growing disillusioned under Guardiola, with his long-term future at City in the balance. The 29-year-old is frustrated at a lack of confidence shown in him for big games

F1 drivers reveal hit-and-miss Secret Santa gifts

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 captain Steve Smith has a hit with Milos Raonic

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.

John Henderson stunned world No 4 Daryl Gurney as he knocked him out of the William Hill PDC World Championship with a 4-2 victory at Alexandra Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Pipe defeated Bernie Smith 3-2 in their opening round clash at the PDC Championship at Alexandra Palace. Pipe was seen to cough as Smith attempted a check-out.

Wales centre Jamie Roberts is considering a move to Japan at the end of the season. The rich Asian clubs are launching a recruitment drive before the 2019 World Cup — with Dan Carter joining.

Alex Lozowski insists Saracens have turned a corner in their seven-defeat run after their defiant performance against Clermont.

LUKE AUGUSTUS - NBA LONDON GAME PREVIEW SERIES: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics are coming to London next month at the O2 Arena.

EXCLUSIVE: After a five-year spell which has brought two Olympic golds and a promising start to life in the professional code, Adams’ world was turned upside down earlier this year.

INTERVIEW: Ask De Boinville what path his life might have taken had he stuck with his politics course and you get a self-deprecating answer. ‘I would probably be more boring than I am now!

Sam Spinner is as short as 4-1 favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after landing a dream victory for trainer Jedd O’Keeffe and jockey Joe Colliver at Ascot.

Pep Guardiola: the man who buys success wherever he goes

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.

ADAM CRAFTON AT THE LONDON STADIUM: To the tune of Richie Valens La Bamba track, the travelling Geordies serenaded Rafa Benitez. To them, it appears Benitez can do no wrong.

As the Premier League reaches the half-way point and the end of 2017, our Sportsmail reporters give their predictions and favourite moments of the season so far.

The embarrassment was awful. Our defeat at Bristol City was one of those nights when you want the ground to swallow you up and the frustration stays with you for days.