Premier League

Man Utd 0 Southampton 0

United welcomed Southampton to Old Trafford having failed to pick up a win from their previous two top-flight fixtures, drawing 2-2 at Leicester City before labouring to the same result at home to Burnley on Boxing Day.

The hosts lost Romelu Lukaku to a head injury after only eight minutes and, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic omitted from the squad by Jose Mourinho, introduced Marcus Rashford to lead the line.

City continue winning run

City moved nine points clear of Chelsea, who went second after thumping West Bromwich Albion 4-0.

Gabriel Jesus and a stunning strike from Kevin De Bruyne provided the goals for City against a Leicester team who have often troubled them in the past.

The home side went close to equalising when Harry McGuire hit the post after the break, but City went straight up the other end and put the result beyond doubt with a stunning counter-attack that De Bruyne rounded off with an unstoppable 20-yard shot in the 49th minute.

City score six to go top

Aguero opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading home Kevin de Bruyne's superb free-kick and doubled the lead within four minutes when he converted David Silva's teasing cross from close range.

City were in exuberant mood and added a third before the break when the excellent Gabriel Jesus latched on to Aguero's cute pass to stroke home in the 38th minute.

After Nicolas Otamendi headed in a fourth in the 63rd minute, Aguero completed his treble with a neat finish at the end of a sensational run.

Premier League not toughest, says Guardiola

Guardiola is into his second season in charge of City, having won three LaLiga titles – and two Champions Leagues – at the helm of Barcelona and three Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich.

But the Spaniard said the Premier League was not yet the most difficult, pointing to the records of English clubs in Europe.

Chelsea were the last English side to reach a decider in the Champions League, claiming the trophy in 2012, with Spain (six times), Germany (two) and Italy (two) the nations with finalists since then.

PL chief glad Neymar didn't come

The Ligue 1 club met Neymar's release clause at Barcelona last week, smashing the global transfer record previously held by Manchester United from when they splashed out €105m for Paul Pogba in 2016.

Scudamore insists seeing his league lose that milestone is of no concern to him, with the restraint shown by the biggest sides something he views as a positive.

And he does not think the record amount spent on Neymar will be challenged any time soon.

"There is a point where you say actually 'no'," Scudamore said to Sky Sports.

Tottenham enjoy best finish in over 50 years

The final goal at the 118-year stadium came from Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney but Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane had already scored to ensure it was a joyful send-off by the hosts.

After a season at Wembley, the north London club is due back at White Hart Lane for the start of the 2018-19 season.

For United, the loss left Jose Mourinho's side relying on winning the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.

Middlesbrough relegation confirmed

Steve Agnew's side knew that a defeat at Stamford Bridge would result in their return to the Championship after just one season in the top flight and they proved unable to avoid that fate, marking the fourth time they have been demoted from the Premier League.

First-half goals from Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso left Middlesbrough with a huge task and there was to be no miraculous fightback, Nemanja Matic extending the league leaders' advantage after the break.

Spurs plan to pile on the pressure

Spurs guaranteed they will finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995 as second-half goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane secured a 2-0 win over Arsene Wenger's side.

A victory over the Hammers at London Stadium would reduce the gap between second-placed Spurs and Premier League leaders Chelsea to just one point, with Antonio Conte's men, who cruised to a 3-0 victory at Everton earlier on Sunday, not in action until they host relegation-threatened Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

United offer hope to Spurs with 2-0 win over Chelsea

Goals by Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera sank Chelsea and, with six games left for the top two, there is little room for any more slip-ups by Antonio Conte's side who a few weeks ago looked like they were running away with the title.

While Chelsea remain favourites to win the league, Conte will be concerned about the manner of the defeat at Old Trafford where they were rarely able to turn possession into chances.

Manchester City and Liverpool draw

City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the Merseysiders with a game in hand thanks to Sergio Aguero's equalising goal.

Knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in midweek, City fell behind when full back Gael Clichy conceded a penalty six minutes after halftime and James Milner scored from the spot against his old club.

Liverpool, who had come into the game more after a slow start, were pegged back 18 minutes later when Aguero scored from Kevin de Bruyne's fine low cross.