A Danny Welbeck strike was enough to see Manchester United beat Norwich City, and secure a sixth straight win in all competitions in the process.
The champions are now in sixth position, but remain eight points behind leaders Arsenal, who beat Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park yesterday afternoon with Manchester City second after winning by the same score-line against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea remain third after beating a Liverpool side who have slipped to fifth place despite being top just four days ago 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, while Everton have moved into the top four after beating Southampton 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Newcastle have slipped to eight place after losing for only the second time in ten games, while a win for Tottenham Hotspur has seen them rise to seventh.
David Moyes’ men will now turn their attention to the New Years’ Day visit of Tottenham, before hosting Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
They then face Sunderland in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at the Stadium of Light the following Tuesday before returning to league action against Swansea at Old Trafford five days later.
They then face a tough trip to Stamford Bridge in the league before ending January with the return leg of the League Cup semi-final and the league visit of Cardiff City.