Manchester City got just a little bit too noisy for United’s liking and there was a clash between players and staff of the two clubs following City’s celebration of their 2-1 victory, a win that sees them move 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester United. All three goals came from poor defending of set-pieces, David Silva opening the scoring when Ashley Young played him onside from a corner. United hit back immediately with Marcus Rashford capitalising on an error from Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph. Romelu Lukaku failed to clear a second-half free kick, his attempt to get the ball out of United’s area rebounding to Otamendi who was able to atone for this earlier error. After the match, Jose Mourinho was keen to move talk away from another lacklustre display and focus on the penalty incident in which Ander Herrera was booked for diving.
The Merseyside Derby also delivered a controversial penalty incident. Liverpool led Everton 1-0 after Mo Salah curled a fine effort past Jordan Pickford. Liverpool dominated proceedings but were unable to force a second, leaving them vulnerable to a counter attack. A long ball into the area saw Dejan Lovren make minimal contact with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a penalty was given. Wayne Rooney equalised, leaving Jurgen Klopp far from happy. Klopp’s post-match interview with Sky will go down in history as one of the more entertaining to watch and you could not argue that he didn’t have a point.
Arsenal failed to learn from their mistakes against United last weekend and gifted Southampton an early goal at St Mary’s. The Gunners were able to leave with a point thanks to a late equaliser from substitute Olivier Giroud who has now equalled Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s Premier League record of goals scored from the bench.
Chelsea saw their grip on the title slip any further, losing 1-0 to West Ham at the London Stadium. Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal of the game, a defeat that saw Antonio Conte concede the title.
Tottenham Hotspur woke up from their recent slumber and saw off Stoke City 5-1 at Wembley. Spurs only led 1-0 at the break and bombarded Stoke in the second half, Harry Kane scoring a brace.
Christian Benteke may not be on the Christmas card list for many Crystal Palace fans after the Belgian striker demanded he took the injury-time penalty with the score 2-2 against Bournemouth. Jermain Defoe had scored twice for the Cherries and Palace had clawed themselves back into the game on both occasions, one goal coming from the spot. Benteke ignored team instructions to take the kick and promptly missed.
Newcastle United took an early lead once more, this time in their match against Leicester City, and once again Newcastle ended up on the losing side. In an entertaining match, the points went home with the Foxes after Ayoze Perez managed to score a late own-goal to give Leicester a 3-2 win.
A goal from Scott Arfield, in for the injured Robbie Brady, gave Burnley a 1-0 at home to Watford.
Swansea City got a valuable win against West Bromwich Albion. Paul Clement’s side are back off the bottom after Wilfried Bony scored a late winner.
Huddersfield Town were in desperate need of a win after seeing themselves fall down the table towards the relegation zone. Brighton and Hove Albion were seen off 2-0 with Steve Mounie scoring both in his first start since the opening day win over Crystal Palace.