It was an incredible Boxing Day 2012, as Manchester United had their fans on the edge till the very end as they faced Newcastle, Man City players were labelled as a” bunch of softies” by their own manager after losing to Sunderland, Chelsea continued their good run after Benitez took over, Tottenham gave a beautiful display of football via Bale who netted a hat-trick, while Liverpool crashed once again after showing some form in their last games. The only ones which had a calm boxing day were Arsenal and West Ham, as their match was postponed due to a strike.
Manchester United had to face their old demons once again, as the Red Devils had to comeback from behind three times to eventually win 4-3 on a very rainy night at Old Trafford, the winning goal courtesy of Chicharito on the 90th minute, while for most of the time it seemed that Newcastle could get away with a win or even a draw. The other scorers for United were RvP, Evra and Evans, the latter even scoring one for Newcastle just after he equalized at 1-1. Cissé and Perch were the ones to score for Newcastle as well. Man City for their part travelled to Sunderland, and the Black Cats gave no gifts to them in the end, with old City boy, Johnson, scoring the only goal of the match to give Mancini some headache and branding his players as “a bunch softies”. Chelsea travelled to Norwich, and Mata scored the only goal in that game as well to make sure the Blues remain in touch with the Manchester duo. Tottenham were away to Aston Villa as well, but the Villains were too weak to face this rejuvenated Spurs team, as Bale scored three times, and Defoe added a fourth to push Spurs to 4th place in the table. Liverpool, after hammering Fulham, were the ones to be hammered at Stoke, as Gerrard gave them the lead after only 2mins, but Stoke responded through Walters (2 goals) and Jones to seal the win. In other games, Fulham drew 1-1 versus Southampton, while Everton won 2-1 against Wigan, QPR dropped again after losing 1-2 to West Brom, while Reading and Swansea drew blanks. Overall it was an exciting Boxing Day, with Man United now 7 points clear off City, but some bad news as well as Rooney could be out for around 3 weeks with damaged knee ligaments in training before yesterday’s game.