Premier League round-up: Manchester clubs cruise on Boxing Day

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Manchester City and Manchester United kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea by following up the Blues’ 2-0 win over West Ham earlier in the day with victories of their own.

Manchester United, thanks to a first-half brace from captain Wayne Rooney and a second half Robin van Persie strike, took the three points while City did likewise after storming to a 3-0 lead in 33 minutes through Fernando, Yaya Toure and David Silva.

Papiss Cisse pulled a late goal back via the penalty spot for Newcastle as United won 3-1 while a late Joe Hart mistake allowed West Brom to grab a consolation as well, City winning 3-1 at the Hawthorns.

In the 12:45pm kick-off, Chelsea had earned a hard fought 2-0 victory over the Hammers at Stamford Bridge thanks to John Terry and Diego Costa goals. Eden Hazard was the star of the show, with the West Ham defence in knots all afternoon chasing the Belgian attacker.

Sam Allardyce clearly had his mind elsewhere regarding team selection, as with a game against Arsenal on the horizon, he opted to rest Diafra Sakho and Alex Song from the starting eleven.

It didn’t help West Ham’s cause as Chelsea were given the freedom of midfield and duly controlled from start to finish, bar a late flurry from their east London opponents.

An early Harry Kane goal at the King Power Stadium put Spurs on their way against struggling Leicester before Leonardo Ulloa equalised just after half-time. Unfortunately for a beleaguered Nigel Pearson, the Foxes were undone by a Christian Eriksen goal with 20 minutes to play.

Elsewhere in the Premier League

Stoke City took a surprise 1-0 lead at Goodison Park through a Bojan penalty and managed to hold on for the maximum points as Everton’s slide continued. They were poor against Southampton last weekend, and weren’t much better here.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a marvellous free-kick to put Swansea on their way to three points against Aston Villa, while Liverpool, through Raheem Sterling, beat Burnley 1-0 as well.

Brad Jones was replaced in this one early on, so Simon Mignolet - who was dropped ‘indefinitely’ by Brendan Rodgers earlier this month - was back between the sticks for the Reds. Despite a few nervous moments, he kept a clean sheet.

Southampton made light work of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as the Saints strolled to a 3-1 win. Goals from Saido Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld got the job done in south London, as Scott Dann grabbed a late goal. Southampton look back to their early season form after a winless run in early December.

Hull City must have feared the worst when Adam Johnson put Sunderland ahead after just a minute, but the Tigers battled back through Gaston Ramirez and James Chester to claim a vital three points. Nikica Jelavic put the icing on the cake with a last minute third for Steve Bruce's side.

Final scores...

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton 

West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Manchester City

Burnley 0-1 Liverpool

Everton 0-1 Stoke City

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Leicester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland 1-3 Hull City

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