Manchester United & Arsenal drop points on New Year's Day

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Manchester United were forced to settle for a point in the early Premier League kick-off on New Year's Day after recording a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Ryan Shawcross gave the Potters an early lead inside two minutes, before Radamel Falcao restored parity with a well-taken goal from a Red Devils corner just before the half hour mark.

After the break Mark Hughes' side were denied a penalty when referee Michael Oliver missed a clear handball by Chris Smalling, and when Peter Crouch's headed effort came back off of David De Gea's post, the visitors probably came away from the match feeling fortunate to have taken a point.

Elsewhere, Manchester City were made to work hard for their three points against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium, but successfully saw off the challenge from Gus Poyet's team with a narrow 3-2 victory.

Second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Stevan Jovetic and Frank Lampard brought Manuel Pellegrini's team level on points with leaders Chelsea, although a Jack Rodwell strike and Adam Johnson penalty had briefly brought the game level at 2-2 before the New York City loanee put the game to bed with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Over at St Mary's Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by high-flying Southampton as Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic capitalised on two poor defensive errors to move Saints three points clear of Arsene Wenger's side in the race for Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, two first-half penalties from Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead over struggling Leicester City at Anfield, but David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp scored two goals in three second-half minutes to earn Nigel Pearson's men a valuable point on Merseyside.

West Ham United were held to a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park after Diafra Sakho's early header was cancelled out by Saido Berahino just before the break, in front of new Baggies boss Tony Pulis who was watching on from the stands.

Late drama

Managerless Newcastle United drew 3-3 with Burnley after George Boyd's late equaliser at St James' Park secured another vital away point for Sean Dyche's men. The Clarets went 1-0 down after Steven Taylor put the Magpies ahead, but they soon levelled courtesy of a Paul Dummett own goal.

Jack Colback put the hosts back in front before Danny Ings scored to make it 2-2, then just as Moussa Sissoko thought he'd given caretaker boss John Carver a victory Scotland international Boyd popped up with his goal.

Everton's poor run of form continues after they lost 2-0 against Hull City at the KC Stadium. Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic goals in the first half gave Steve Bruce's side a first home win since early October and only their second victory in their past 13 games.


At Loftus Road Wilfried Bony came off the bench to score a 90th minute equaliser for ten-man Swansea City against Queens Park Rangers, denying Harry Redknapp's men all three points right at the death.

Leroy Fer's long-range strike put QPR in front in west London, and they'd have been even more confident of securing all three points when Wayne Routledge was sent off after reacting to a Karl Henry tackle. However, the Ivorian striker drew the Swans level in injury-time, in what could turn out to be his last game for Garry Monk's team.

And finally to Villa Park, where Aston Villa and Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw. Alan Pardew was pictured in the stands alongside Eagles chairman Steve Parish, and he'll know his first job is to bring some life back into the players who created very little against a resolute and largely uninspiring Villa side.

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